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12:00 AM ET, December 7, 2008


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Justin Blenkle / MobileCrunch:
Google now hawking fully unlocked G1s to developers  —  It didn't take long before people started hacking away at the T-Mobile G1, the first phone to ship with Google's Android platform, and now it looks like Google wants to make it even easier.  Starting today, Google is offering …
Android Developers Blog:
New Resources for Developers  —  We're back in action after a Thanksgiving break filled with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.  Now it's the holiday season (at least, here in the U.S.) and we're filled with good will toward developers.  Today I wanted to talk about a couple things we just finished polishing up.
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Microsoft Turns to Crispin and the Rapper Common for New Clothing Line  —  New branded apparel is meant to suggest Microsoft's 1980s salad days  —  NEW YORK (—Microsoft is going from marketing computer programs to making clothes, with a new line of graphic tees dubbed “Softwear by Microsoft.”
Chris Putnam / Facebook Blog:
Video Just Got Better  —  Since we launched video last year, more than 45 million videos have been uploaded to Facebook with approximately 100,000 new videos added each day.  Starting today, you'll be able to upload higher quality videos to Facebook and also embed your Facebook videos on other websites.
Wireless turns iPod into a phone  —  A freeware application for the iPod Touch can turn the music player into a virtual mobile phone.  —  Truphone uses wi-fi technology in an iPod Touch to allow users to make calls to other iPod Touch owners and Google Talk's messaging service users.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it.  —  Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever.
Andy Patrizio /
Does Google Have a Secret OS?  —  Net Applications caused a bit of a stir this week with a report that showed Microsoft's operating system share had dipped below 90 percent.  This played very well where anti-Microsoft sentiment was strongest, not surprisingly.
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PC World:
Online Shops Stave Off Cybercrooks  —  Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld  —  One predictable trend in recent years has been a sharp increase in online attacks directed against retailers during the holiday shopping season.  —  This year is proving to be no different either …
Discussion: SecureWorks
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Economy, opportunity seen leading to $599 Apple netbook  —  Faced with the perfect storm of a bleak market and a boom in ultra-budget portables, Apple is believed by some to be readying its own take on the netbook for the first half of 2009.  —  Analyst Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research …
Discussion: Techmamas and
Nelson Minar / Nelson's Weblog:
Warcraft account security  —  My World of Warcraft account is now more secure than my bank account.  It is harder to steal 5,000 fake Warcraft gold from me than $5,000 real US dollars.  Why?  Because unlike my bank, my computer game supports two factor authentication.
Discussion: broadstuff
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Martini Life launches as hub for affluent individuals  —  Martini Media, an advertising network that's aimed at affluent people, announced Wednesday that it has officially launched Martini Life, a site that targets high net-worth individuals through seven main channels: sailing, equestrian sports …
PC World:
Holiday Flyers Warned of E-Mail Scam  —  Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor  —  Hackers are using hoax e-mails that appear to come from airlines as a way to spread malicious Trojans, according to Sophos.  —  Artwork: Chip Taylor  —  The security firm said e-mails disguised as messages …
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Content and Its Discontents  —  For years, we in traditional media …
Discussion: Open Access News
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New trojan in mass DNS hijack
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Some Details About Yahoo's New Video Platform
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Software Update sneaks its way onto computers
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Ex-Appler resurrects Mac-friendly RAID
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A Look At Failed Social Networks
Discussion: broadstuff
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Wikipedia's WYSIWYG Dilemma
Robert McMillan / PC World:
FBI: Criminals Auto-dialing With Hacked VoIP Systems
Discussion: Slashdot and VoIP Watch
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Charlie's Angles: Why rickrolling is bad for the link economy

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