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11:30 AM ET, August 27, 2008


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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 …
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.
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, The Apple Core and iPhone Buzz
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone passwords not worth the paper they're written on
Discussion: Zero Day
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 was acquired last year for about $300 million, executives at New York-based venture-capital firm Insight Venture Partners made a small fortune.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who Hates Photobucket Investors Insight Venture Partners?
Discussion: CNET
Rafat Ali /   Photobucket's Sale To Fox: How VC Insiders Made Big Personal Returns
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.
Rafe Needleman /
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: Ars Technica and ben barren
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
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 …
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.
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 …
David Kaplan /
TiVo's Latest Content Push: ‘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: Time Inc.'s Entertainment Weekly …
Discussion: CNET
Entertainment Weekly / Wall Street Journal:
TiVo Enters Partnership to Expand Reach
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Reuters and MediaFile
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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft dishes dirt on IE8 ‘pr0n mode’  —  Microsoft has outlined the new privacy tools available in its forthcoming browser Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).  —  Earlier this week the company's program manager Andy Zeigler confirmed rumours from last week that Microsoft would include …
Gregg Keizer / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Adds Privacy Tools to Internet Explorer 8
Discussion: Open Source and WebProNews
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ask Relaunches with Updated Design, Cool Drawing Feature  —  As a new homeschooling parent, finding online learning resources that are safe, well-designed, and fun for my kids is important - but inexplicably difficult.  That's why I was thrilled to learn about's expansion and redesign of
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA wins P2P case after defendant reformats hard drive  —  One of the most closely-watched copyright infringement lawsuits brought by the RIAA appears to have come to a screeching halt, much to the music industry's delight.  A judge ruled Monday that a defendant had willfully …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   RIAA nears win (by default) in Atlantic vs. Howell
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Don't just buy the music, fans told - now you can invest in big names of the future  —  Primal Scream.  Music executives behind the band are supporting a scheme for fans to invest in new acts.  —  It may not be the most obvious investment choice in these turbulent economic times.
Discussion: The Open Road and paidContent
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Qik gets investment from Marc Andreessen  —  Qik is one of a handful of mobile video broadcasting services battling to become the biggest name in that very new.  Qik received a boost this week with sector with the announcement that Ning founder and web veteran Marc Andreessen is investing in the company …
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
How the world watched the Olympics online
Stephen Shankland / CNET
ASCII: An artful way around spam filters
Discussion: Mashable!
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Over Ten Million PSPs Sold, Top Five Games Are...
Smiling chinese girl a hit on new iPhone
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Gets Friended By Malware
Arn / MacRumors:
Resellers Getting Signals for a Wide Range of Apple Updates?
The Return of Tax-Free Shopping in New York?
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Amazon Beefs Up Kindle Franchise
Discussion: TeleRead and MediaFuturist
 Earlier Items: 
David Zeiler / Apple a Day:
Business suddenly discovers the Mac
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
lonelygirl15's Second Incarnation: The Resistance
Bob Rudis / The Apple Blog:
Google Gears (Beta) [Finally] Comes To Safari
Discussion: The Blog Herald and jkOnTheRun
Dear My Team  —  When I spoke to each of you about Tapulous …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
No Joke: The Onion Launches CitySearch Competitor