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10:05 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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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Microsoft Vs. Google, Again  —  Forget about that $44 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  Microsoft's latest assault on Google is slier.  —  Since May Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) has been reimbursing people up to half of the value of items they buy using its search technology.
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 …
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 available now for download  —  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.
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential:
EXCLUSIVE: FriendFeed readying RSS accelerator  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Update, 7:30 p.m.: FriendFeed Inc. co-founder Paul Buchheit has published a detailed explanation of the social networking aggregator's planned Simple Update Protocol.  In a nutshell, he describes it as a …
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Paul Buchheit / FriendFeed Blog:
Simple Update Protocol: Fetch updates from feeds faster
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed working on a new RSS supplement to speed up data retrieval
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Welcome to the new CNET  —  Over the last few months we have been beta testing, tweaking, and fine-tuning the new CNET user experience.  Today, August 27, the yellow and green CNET pages are history as we have completed the rollout of our new site design and speedier service.
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.
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Everything You Thought You Knew About the Business of YouTube Was Wrong
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BackType, A Twitter For Comments  —  BackType is the newest YCombinator startup to launch from their summer program.  They're a blog-comment focused startup - founders Christoper Golda and Michael Montano are for the first time aggregating all comments from millions of blogs into a single, searchable, parsable stream.
Discussion: louisgray.com and The Inquisitr
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Innovation Isn't Dying In Silicon Valley; It's Just Changing  —  Apparently Judy Estrin, a well-known Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and exec, is coming out with a new book warning that the infrastructure needed for innovation in Silicon Valley is going away.
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 …
eWeek:
Corrupt File Brought Down FAA's Antiquated IT System  —  The Federal Aviation Administration's flight plan IT network, which went down for about 2.5 hours Aug. 26 and fouled up the takeoff plans of thousands of travelers in more than 40 airports across the country, is back up and running.
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 …
 
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Microsoft, Nikon sign patent-sharing deal
Discussion: Imaging Insider
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
F**k the VCs  —  When I read about Mike Lee's firing from Tapulous, it made me angry.
Discussion: TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Yahoo Senior Exec Defections: Steve Boom and Todd Teresi
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
MSN Norway serving Flash exploits through malvertising
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Good cellphones make good delegates
Discussion: CNET News and AppScout
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone Getting More Popular With Enterprise Buyers, Says Study (AAPL, RIMM)
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Desktop Virtualization: Where Thin Clients Meet the Cloud
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Embed FriendFeed in your blog
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Repeat tests show iPhone 3G doesn't suffer from faulty hardware
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A real Space Oddity arrives at PC Pro
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