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5:00 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?
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.
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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.
Discussion: eWeek, Mashable! and Computerworld
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.
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” …
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
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
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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)
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
CNN:
INTERVIEW: Gartner Sees Smartphone Sales Worth $200 Billion In 2012  —  STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Nokia Corp. (NOK) and other handest makers are expected to see enormous growth in smartphone sales over the next few years, Carolina Milanesi, Gartner Inc. (IT) research director for mobile devices, told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday.
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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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Tech firms at Democratic convention push for free trade
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yep, We Redesigned
Discussion: Mark Evans
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
Justin Scheck / Business Technology:
Dell's Key to the Cloud: Fewer Features?
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan cracks major hacking ring, data on president stolen
Discussion: Zero Day
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Repeat tests show iPhone 3G doesn't suffer from faulty hardware
Mike Jennings / PC Pro blog:
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Discussion: CrunchGear
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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
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