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6:50 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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IEBlog:
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.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Internet Explorer 8 gets a massive makeover  —  More than two years ago, when Microsoft was in the final stages of testing Internet Explorer 7, Bill Gates promised more frequent browser updates, as often as every 9 to 12 months.  And yet today, nearly two years after IE7's release …
Victoria Barret / Forbes:   Microsoft Vs. Google, Again
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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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Passcode Flaw Already Addressed for Future Firmware Update?
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
iPhone passcode lock rendered useless
Discussion: p2pnet and eWeek
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” …
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 …
Discussion: Google Watch and WebProNews
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Everything You Thought You Knew About the Business of YouTube Was Wrong
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Content Owners Profiting From YouTube Uploads
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Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Grim IT Spending Findings Indicate Rougher Times Lie Ahead
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone Getting More Popular With Enterprise Buyers, Says Study (AAPL, RIMM)
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential:
EXCLUSIVE: FriendFeed readying RSS accelerator  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  FriendFeed Inc. is enhancing its service in order to fulfill a critical requirement on the Internet today: immediacy.  The highly publicized startup is weeks away from boosting the frequency of its updates …
Discussion: louisgray.com
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed working on a new RSS supplement to speed up data retrieval
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and FriendFeed Blog
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yep, We Redesigned  —  As many of our readers have noticed (and noted) already, we rolled out a new design for TechCrunch yesterday evening.  —  We've been watching as the initial feedback has rolled in through Twitter and in the comments to our other posts.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Valleywag
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 …
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)
New York Magazine:
CONFIRMED: Aaron Sorkin Creates Facebook Page, Writing Facebook Movie  —  Aaron Sorkin, a man whose discomfort with the Internet goes way, way back to the days he got angry at the Television Without Pity message boards, is writing a movie about the founding of Facebook.
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
Justin Scheck / Business Technology:
Dell's Key to the Cloud: Fewer Features?  —  When it comes to cloud computing, the new Dell - the one that's been talking about getting away from generic, commoditized hardware — seems a lot like the old Dell.  —  The computer maker and some of its partners gathered atop …
 
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Web to get more social as OAuth is sanctioned for use
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CNN:
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Taiwan cracks major hacking ring, data on president stolen
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Third Far Cry game confirmed, dev team has “commitment to the African setting”
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Hollywood Media Sells Hollywood.com To Its Own Chairman …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Review (Verdict: Best Palm Hardware Ever)
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Signs of life emerge on the Vista marketing front
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
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