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2:25 PM ET, December 6, 2008

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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.
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Introduces Embeddable Videos Only Your Friends Can See
Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Forbes
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 …
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Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
SIM- and Hardware-Unlocked G1 Available to Developers (or You) for $400  —  The Android Dev Phone 1, a totally unlocked G1, is available to “developers” for only $399 after paying a small setup fee.  Just register as a developer over at the Android Market and the phone is yours.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Software Update sneaks its way onto computers  —  Software developers generally use one of three ways to alert and deliver version updates to users: a pop-up prompt when you launch the app, a systemwide refresh tool — like the App Store for the iPhone and Firefox's add-on framework …
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.
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 (AdAge.com)—Microsoft is going from marketing computer programs to making clothes, with a new line of graphic tees dubbed “Softwear by Microsoft.”
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Some Details About Yahoo's New Video Platform  —  Like the look of the videos on Flickr's new mobile site?  If you're a website publisher, you may soon be able to use Yahoo's video platform to convert your users' uploaded clips into great-looking, iPhone-ready video files.
J.W. Crump / The Bivings Report:
A Look At Failed Social Networks  —  Many social networking sites have come and gone, though it's easy to forget about most of them with monsters like Youtube and Facebook acting like they are the only kids in the classroom.  Social networking online began with a site called Six Degrees …
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Ex-Appler resurrects Mac-friendly RAID  —  ‘Set and forget’  —  Apple's XServe RAID may have given up the ghost, but now there's a new option for storage-hungry Mac shops.  —  Today, The Reg spoke with Alex Grossman, formerly the senior director of hardware server and storage at Apple …
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Wikipedia's WYSIWYG Dilemma  —  The Wikimedia Foundation recently announced a $890,000 grant from the U.S.-based Stanton Foundation to simplify its very techy user interface for editing posts.  It's a big chunk of change on top of a new $6 million budget for the non-profit encyclopedia …
 
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
FBI: Criminals Auto-dialing With Hacked VoIP Systems
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Change.org Gets Boost From Obama Transition Site
Discussion: Web2.0h...Really?
Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
Asymmetrical Follow: A Core Web 2.0 Pattern
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Charlie's Angles: Why rickrolling is bad for the link economy
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