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7:30 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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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.
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 …
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.
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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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Passcode Flaw Already Addressed for Future Firmware Update?
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” …
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential:
EXCLUSIVE: FriendFeed readying RSS accelerator  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  FriendFeed Inc. is enhancing its service in order to fulfill a critical requirement on the Internet today: immediacy.  The highly publicized startup is weeks away from boosting the frequency of its updates …
Discussion: louisgray.com
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed working on a new RSS supplement to speed up data retrieval
Discussion: FriendFeed Blog and ReadWriteWeb
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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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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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: Engadget and 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
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
MSN Norway serving Flash exploits through malvertising  —  Morten Krakvik from the Norwegian Honeynet Project is reporting that MSN Norway is among the latest victims of malvertising, a practice where a bogus advertising provider tricks leading portals into accepting advertisements from its network …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Yahoo Senior Exec Defections: Steve Boom and Todd Teresi
Discussion: Valleywag
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
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
When Is Using Adobe Flash and Apple's Safari Hacking?
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Can TiVo Stop Bleeding Subscribers?
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Feds arrest man accused of posting unreleased Guns N' Roses songs*
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Grim IT Spending Findings Indicate Rougher Times Lie Ahead
Discussion: The Mac Observer
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
INTERVIEW: Gartner Sees Smartphone Sales Worth $200 Billion In 2012
Discussion: WebProNews and mocoNews.net
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:
A real Space Oddity arrives at PC Pro
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Review (Verdict: Best Palm Hardware Ever)
Discussion: eWeek
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Who's Dumber: Bad Guys ... Or Good Guys?
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How To Walk, Talk & Charge Your Mobile Phone
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple bans a comic book, firestorm ensues
 

 
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