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5:30 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Huge iPhone Security Flaw Puts All Private Information at Risk  —  There's a huge security problem in the latest iPhone 2.0.2: if you have your JesusPhone password protected, using a very simple trick gives anyone full access to your cellphone private information in Mail, SMS, Contacts, and even Safari.
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
iPhone passcode lock rendered useless
Discussion: eWeek and p2pnet
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Passcode Flaw Already Addressed for Future Firmware Update?
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available  —  We're excited to release IE8 Beta 2 today for public download.  You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8.  Please try it out!  —  You'll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 premieres with new safety, usability features  —  Accelerators are just one improvement in Internet Explorer 8  —  Microsoft moved one step closer to releasing Internet Explorer 8 today with the release of its IE8 Beta 2.  You can download the latest trial version of the browser here.
Discussion: eWeek, Mashable! and Computerworld
Victoria Barret / Forbes:   Microsoft Vs. Google, Again
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's new “Blue Track” mouse spotted?  —  We're not really sure if Microsoft is peddling a revolution here or just the mousing tech flavor of the month, but we've got ourselves a much better idea of where things might be going.  After that little “Say Goodbye to Laser” …
PR Newswire:
TiVo Reports Results for the Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 Ended July 31, 2008  — Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $10.6 million compared to a loss of $(11.2) million in the year-ago quarter, exceeding guidance  — Net Income for the second quarter was $2.9 million compared to a loss of $ …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TiVo Q2 Net, EBITDA Top Ests; But Q3 Outlook Looks Light
Discussion: paidContent.org
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Can TiVo Stop Bleeding Subscribers?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PostPath  —  PostPath's Email and Calendaring Software to Enhance Cisco's WebEx Collaboration Platform  —  Building upon its commitment to provide a comprehensive collaboration portfolio, Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held PostPath …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Why Cisco Bought Mail Startup PostPath for $215M
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
ESPN Helps The Active Network Raise $80 Million More  —  The Active Network, a network of sites focused on getting people involved in sports and other activities, has raised an additional $80 million in a Series F round led by ESPN and joined by Canaan Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Performance Equity Partners.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
ESPN Leads $80 Million Investment In The Active Network; Will Pursue Acquisitions
Discussion: VentureBeat
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ASA Adjudications — Apple (UK) Ltd
David King / The Official Google Blog:
Making money on YouTube with Content ID  —  Late last year, we introduced our newest tool for YouTube's content identification and management system, Video ID.  While we have long provided copyright owners with similar content policies and tools, Video ID was revolutionary because it provided real choice …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Everything You Thought You Knew About the Business of YouTube Was Wrong
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple bans a comic book, firestorm ensues  —  Murderdrome is not Ulysses, Lolita or Lady Chatterley's Lover.  It's a dark, bloody comic strip marked by the type of over-the-top violence that has made its genre so popular among young readers with a lot of pent-up rage.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comic Book Ban Shows That Apple Needs An Appeals Court (AAPL)
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Repeat tests show iPhone 3G doesn't suffer from faulty hardware  —  After lab results demonstrated that the iPhone 3G's antenna actually functions normally, critics complained that the tests didn't represent their own experiences.  So the tests were performed again on two phones …
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 3G antenna blameless in reception deaths
Discussion: Crave
BBC:
Computer viruses make it to orbit  —  A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS).  —  Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG.  —  The worm was first detected on earth in August 2007 and lurks …
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Feds arrest man accused of posting unreleased Guns N' Roses songs  —  How he got his hands on the goods, we don't yet know.  But today, police visited the home of a Culver City man and arrested him on suspicion of violating federal copyright law by posting nine previously unreleased Guns N' Roses songs …
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Antiquiet
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Associated Press:
FBI arrests man over leak of Guns N' Roses songs
Discussion: The Register
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
PC manufacturers seek shelter from Vista's drizzle  —  If you needed any further testament to the colossal failure that is Microsoft Windows Vista, just read this Wall Street Journal article detailing PC manufacturers attempts to design around Vista's shortcomings, shortcomings that no amount of marketing are going to fix.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Ribeiro / LinuxWorld.com:
Dell puts Linux and Atom in Vostro PCs for emerging markets  —  Dell unveiled Wednesday two new laptops and two desktops in its Vostro range designed to meet the needs of small and medium-size enterprises (SME), governments, and educational institutions in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Discussion: LinuxInsider
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell's new low-cost PCs for emerging markets
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Grim IT Spending Findings Indicate Rougher Times Lie Ahead  —  But Apple Boosts iPhone Share Among Businesses  —  The downturn in the U.S. economy is far from over.  ChangeWave's latest IT purchasing survey shows an even greater pullback occurring in corporate spending …
CNN:
INTERVIEW: Gartner Sees Smartphone Sales Worth $200 Billion In 2012  —  STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Nokia Corp. (NOK) and other handest makers are expected to see enormous growth in smartphone sales over the next few years, Carolina Milanesi, Gartner Inc. (IT) research director for mobile devices, told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday.
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Review (Verdict: Best Palm Hardware Ever)  —  The Gadget: The Treo Pro is a 3G-equipped, Windows Mobile 6.1-running, touchscreen smartphone that's just a sliver bigger than the iPhone 3G.  Completely redesigned, it's Palm's best looking phone in years.  —  The Price: $550 (Unlocked, no contract)
Discussion: eWeek
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
AMD's dual-core ‘Kuma’ specs listed?
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Web to get more social as OAuth is sanctioned for use
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Tech firms at Democratic convention push for free trade
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yep, We Redesigned
Discussion: Mark Evans
Justin Scheck / Business Technology:
Dell's Key to the Cloud: Fewer Features?
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan cracks major hacking ring, data on president stolen
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Mike Jennings / PC Pro blog:
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Hollywood Media Sells Hollywood.com To Its Own Chairman …
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Sony updates Nav-U GPS line
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Signs of life emerge on the Vista marketing front
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Who's Dumber: Bad Guys ... Or Good Guys?
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How To Walk, Talk & Charge Your Mobile Phone
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Orange owns up to download speed limit for all 3G devices
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
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Peter Lattman / Wall Street Journal:
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