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4:45 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: p2pnet and eWeek
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Passcode Flaw Already Addressed for Future Firmware Update?
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
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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.
Victoria Barret / Forbes:   Microsoft Vs. Google, Again
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
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” …
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asa.org.uk:
ASA Adjudications — Apple (UK) Ltd
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)
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
ESPN Leads $80 Million Investment In The Active Network; Will Pursue Acquisitions  —  The Active Network, the big provider of sports-related technology, has just closed a huge, $80 million sixth round led by ESPN.  Past backers participating in the round include Canaan Partners …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   ESPN Helps The Active Network Raise $80 Million More
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 …
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: TechSpot
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
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.
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
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How To Walk, Talk & Charge Your Mobile Phone  —  Everyday activities — commuting to work, walking the dog, grocery shopping — could one day help keep your cell phone charged, thanks to an emerging technology that converts regular motion into power.  —  Boise, Idaho-based startup M2E Power announced …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Who's Dumber: Bad Guys ... Or Good Guys?  —  In the old cowboy movies, the black hats were villains that created mayhem, until the white hats came along and ended their reigns of fear.  Now, we have the spectacle of good guys seemingly educating the bad guys on how to exploit flaws or processes …
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Lines and TechCrunchIT
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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Nortel:
NORTEL SECURE ‘OFFICE-ON-A-STICK’ PROTECTS REMOTE NETWORK ACCESS FROM ANY PC
Discussion: GigaOM and Virtualization.com
Eran Hammer-Lahav / Hueniverse:
OAuth Licensed, a Step on the Way to the Open Web
Discussion: Ars Technica
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan cracks major hacking ring, data on president stolen
Discussion: Zero Day
Mike Jennings / PC Pro blog:
A real Space Oddity arrives at PC Pro
Discussion: CrunchGear
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Hollywood Media Sells Hollywood.com To Its Own Chairman …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Europeans Retreat on Venture Investing
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Democrats and Republicans Get Special Edition Zunes For Their Conventions
Antuan Goodwin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony updates Nav-U GPS line
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Signs of life emerge on the Vista marketing front
David King / The Official Google Blog:
Making money on YouTube with Content ID
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Textured graphics can be captured in a flash
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Orange owns up to download speed limit for all 3G devices
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ask Relaunches AskKids.com with Updated Design, Cool Drawing Feature
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Over Ten Million PSPs Sold, Top Five Games Are...
China.org.cn:
Smiling chinese girl a hit on new iPhone
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and The Inquisitr
Entertainment Weekly / Wall Street Journal:
TiVo Enters Partnership to Expand Reach
 

 
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