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10:40 AM ET, August 27, 2008

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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Apple iPhone ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority over misleading internet claims  —  A TV ad for Apple's iPhone has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog for misleading consumers after it over-hyped the internet capabilities of the smart phone.
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Number of complaints: 2  —  Media:  —  Sector:  —  Computers and telecommunications  —  Agency:  —  TBWA London  —  Ad  —  A TV ad, for the iPhone, showed the phone in someone's hand and a finger switching it on to reveal the menu page.  The finger touched the weather icon showing …
Aza Raskin / Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Ubiquity  —  An experiment into connecting the Web with language.  —  It Doesn't Have to be This Way  —  You're writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San Francisco restaurant that neither of you has been to.  You'd like to include a map.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mozilla Ubiquity, Microsoft IE8, and the fracturing of Web pages  —  Mozilla on Tuesday released a public prototype of Ubiquity, a curious command-based interface to locating information on the Web and creating compilations of information from various sources.  See: Mozilla offers do-it-yourself mashups for all.
Discussion: ben barren
Aza Raskin / Aza's Thoughts:
Ubiquity In Depth  —  An experiment into connecting the Web with language.
Discussion: 43 Folders
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mike Cane 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.
Discussion: TUAW and iPhone Buzz
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Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone passwords not worth the paper they're written on  —  iPhones protected by a password aren't actually protected at all, as just by pressing a few keys a miscreant can access all the phone's functions without needing the password at all.  —  The trick, reported by MacRumours …
Discussion: Zero Day
Chase Jarvis Blog:
Chase Jarvis RAW: Advance Testing the Nikon D90  —  Woot!  Today I get to be among the very first to share with you the planet's newest camera: the much-anticipated Nikon D90.  You may have been attuned to all the recent leaks, buzz and rumors of a new Nikon camera coming soon, but I can assure you, this here ain't no rumor.
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Nikon:
Digital SLR Camera Nikon D90  —  Stunning 12.3-megapixel image quality, broad control and the world's first* digital SLR movie function combine to deliver unsurpassed creative freedom in a D-SLR.  —  TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of its newest DX-format digital SLR, the D90.
Peter Lattman / Wall Street Journal:
A Photobucket Bonanza, for Insiders  —  A Web-Site Bet Was Lucrative For Venture Firm, but Not Its Investors  —  When the photo-sharing Web site Photobucket.com was acquired last year for about $300 million, executives at New York-based venture-capital firm Insight Venture Partners made a small fortune.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Photobucket's Sale To Fox: How VC Insiders Made Big Personal Returns
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Cisco Bought Mail Startup PostPath for $215 Million  —  In order to fight its ongoing battle against Microsoft & Google on the whole issue of “collaboration”, Cisco today added yet another weapon to its arsenal.  —  The San Jose-based company today announced that is buying PostPath …
Discussion: Techland
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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PostPath
Discussion: GigaOM
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
lonelygirl15's Second Incarnation: The Resistance  —  There may never be another lonelygirl15, especially given its origin as a hoax and as one of the first experiments in what episodic web content could be.  But now that it's finally over, more than 500 episodes later …
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
EQAL Shares Details On LonelyGirl15 Followup
Discussion: Webmetricsguru and Beet.TV
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
RIAA nears win (by default) in Atlantic vs. Howell  —  So much for that one.  A federal judge in Arizona has all but dispensed with an intriguing legal battle between the Recording Industry Assn. of America and an accused music infringer, ruling that the defendant acted in bad faith by destroying evidence …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA wins P2P case after defendant reformats hard drive
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Revealed: The Internet's Biggest Security Hole  —  Two security researchers have demonstrated a new technique to stealthily intercept internet traffic on a scale previously presumed to be unavailable to anyone outside of intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
TiVo's Latest Bell And Whistle: Entertainment Weekly Viewing Picks  —  In the battle to keep viewers from migrating to cable DVRs, TiVo (NSDQ: TIVO) has been adding a series of partnerships and features to separate itself from the pack.  The latest feature comes from Time Warner's (NYSE …
 
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Gets Friended By Malware
Arn / MacRumors:
Resellers Getting Signals for a Wide Range of Apple Updates?
internetnews.com:
The Return of Tax-Free Shopping in New York?
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft dishes dirt on IE8 ‘pr0n mode’
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Inventor sues Google, Verizon, others on voicemail
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Amazon Beefs Up Kindle Franchise
Discussion: MediaFuturist and Gadget Lab
David Zeiler / Apple a Day:
Business suddenly discovers the Mac
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Don't just buy the music, fans told - now you can invest in big names of the future
Discussion: paidContent
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google Cuts Features Out of ‘Android’ OS
Discussion: DailyTech, Hack a Day and Gizmodo
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
The Google Alphabet, 2008 edition
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
At Disney, Blu-ray Sales Team Is a Cast of Characters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Movie Labels To Launch New “Open Market” …
atomicwang.org:
Dear My Team  —  When I spoke to each of you about Tapulous …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
No Joke: The Onion Launches CitySearch Competitor
TweakGuides.com:
Vista Annoyances Resolved
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited