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11:45 AM ET, December 16, 2008


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Serious security flaw found in IE  —  Users of the world's most common web browser have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.  —  The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Microsoft Internet Explorer users told to switch browsers over ‘zero-day’ flaw  —  Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been warned of a flaw that could let hackers gain access to their computers and steal personal data, and told them to swap to a rival browser.
Discussion: blog and Digital Trends
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rumor: New Mac Mini Coming to Macworld 2009  —  Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted  —  The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job) …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Mac mini makeover considered likely for Macworld
Discussion: CNET News and
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Loses Shine as Mac Sales Slow  —  PC Maker Eschews Discounts Even as Rivals Slash Prices and Consumers Pull Back; Worries for 2009  —  Even Apple Inc. is beginning to suffer in this year's dismal holiday season, and worries are mounting the recession will weigh on its business next year.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 3G finally unlocked by the Dev-Team!  —  Well this has been a long time coming.  It seems that the iPhone Dev-Team has finally done the impossible — they've gone and unlocked the iPhone 3G.  The hack isn't out yet (the team says they're shooting for a December 31st release) …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter has made Dell $1 million in revenue  —  Everyone loves talking about Twitter's business model — because there isn't one yet, and they'll keep talking about it until there is one.  But it's becoming more clear that while a business model is of course important, Twitter is perhaps …
Discussion: Mashable! and Twitterrati
Tom Reestman / TheAppleBlog:
Netbooks: The Race to the Bottom Has Begun  —  Seems everyone's talking about netbooks these days.  So I will, too since I've seen so much punditry of late that says Apple can't charge their usual prices anymore, the economy is in the dumps, netbooks rule, Apple can't ignore the market, etc.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users  —  It's deep packet inspection, but it's not for Phorm...  Exclusive The UK's second largest ISP, Virgin Media, will next year introduce network monitoring technology to specifically target and restrict BitTorrent traffic, its boss has told The Register.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Has Fewer Eyeballs, More Room For Advertisers  —  We've already noted that Hulu's audience seems to have tailed off.  Now it seems as if its advertisers are less interested in the site, too.  —  In a roundup story about the state of online advertising, the Wall Street Journal notes …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
ESPN Strives to Eject Clutter From Its Site  —  ESPN.COM is counting on less clutter and more advertising options to bolster revenue at a time when its sister cable channels are battling rare weakness.  —  ESPN, the Walt Disney Company's sports media behemoth, is unveiling Tuesday …
Discussion: and Mark Evans
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Mystery T-swivel device is really Compal Tabasco MID  —  Remember that unknown T-swivel device I showed you last week?  The one that all the smartphone sites swooped in on and cautiously identified as the Palm Roteo?  Well, it's not unknown anymore and contrary to its Treo keyboard, it's not the Roteo either.
Business Wire:
Best Buy Continues To Prepare For Difficult Economic Environment, Plans Significant Spending Reductions  —  Company reports fiscal third-quarter EPS of $0.13; adjusted quarterly EPS was $0.35, excluding investment impairment charge  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY - News):
TG Daily:
Exclusive: First look at Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1  —  First Look - Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week.  This new version is marked as “Release Candidate 1” and is expected to be the final IE8 pre-release update Microsoft intends …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC: The Touch Netbook to Emulate  —  CES 2009 is undoubtedly going to be the show for touch-enabled netbooks and leading the pack will be Intel's Convertible Classmate PC.  While MSI and ASUS have hinted at their respective touch-capable Winds and Eee PCs …
Josh Lowensohn / gets a centralized, Twitter-like news feed  —, the “YouTube for start-ups” has a new feature going live on Tuesday morning that lets companies post short updates to their information pages.  Similar to Twitter, the messages are limited to just a few hundred characters …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and VatorNews
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Possible images of HTC Touch Pro running BlackBerry Application Suite  —  Assuming this is real, which it may not be, you might just be looking at the greatest thing to happen to Windows Mobile since - umm - ever.  Sometime back in 2007, news of an upcoming software solution surfaced …
Discussion: IntoMobile and
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing: Think collective, not zero sum  —  To date cloud computing and its offshoots have been described in zero sum terms: Amazon's storage system over another vendor;'s platform over Siebel; IBM's cloud over HP's.  The reality is likely to be much more democratic.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Mobile phone market to shrink in 2009  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phone sales will shrink next year at their fastest pace ever as consumers cut spending, a Reuters poll showed, with analysts increasingly concerned about unsold phones piling up in stores.
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone  —  I enjoy checking out Consumer Reports ratings on products and in their January 2009 issue that was recently posted online they rank smartphones, cellphones, and US wireless carriers.  I have to say I was quite surprised …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and PalmAddicts
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Dell Trails Its Rivals in the Worst of Times  —  ROUND ROCK, Tex. — Michael S. Dell has grown tired of discussing his company's reinvention.  —  “It's O.K. if everyone doesn't understand what we're doing,” Mr. Dell said in an interview at the headquarters of Dell, the computer maker.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Sends PowerPoint To The Cloud With New Plugin  —  SlideShare, a startup that we've likened to a YouTube equivalent for PowerPoint presentations, has released a new plugin for Microsoft Office 2007 that allows users to edit and publish presentations directly to their SlideShare accounts.
Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Take a tour of Yahoo! Mail's new smarter inbox  —  As you may have heard, we've been working on a new smarter inbox to help make your life easier.  We're happy to announce that today, some of you will begin to experience the smarter inbox, and we wanted to give everyone a chance to see what it looks like and what it can do.
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Brian Cornell / Google Mobile Blog:
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