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3:55 PM ET, December 30, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs' Health Declining Rapidly, Reason for Macworld Cancellation  —  According to a previously reliable source, Apple misrepresented the reasons behind Macworld and Jobs' keynote cancellation.  Allegedly, the real cause is his rapidly declining health.  In fact, it may be even worse than we imagined:
win.tue.nl:
MD5 considered harmful today  —  Creating a rogue CA certificate  —  Jacob Appelbaum, Arjen Lenstra, David Molnar, Dag Arne Osvik, Benne de Weger  —  We have identified a vulnerability in the Internet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) used to issue digital certificates for secure websites.
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Jonathan Stray / CNET News:
Web browser flaw could put e-commerce security at risk  —  But the SSL certificate is issued by MD5 Collisions Inc.  —  BERLIN—A key piece of Internet technology that banks, e-commerce sites, and financial institutions rely on to keep transactions safe suffers from a serious security vulnerability …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Researchers Show How to Forge Site Certificates
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Martin drops porn filtering from FCC free wireless broadband plan  —  Kevin Martin, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, called Ars Technica today to let us know that he has revised his proposal to roll out a free (and smut-free) wireless broadband service.
APC:
Apple prepping a quad-core MacBook Pro? … Apple's mid-October refresh of its notebook line left a curious gap at the top end of the card, with the 17 inch MacBook Pro missing the make-over of its 15 inch cousin and the 13.3 inch MacBook.  —  That could be about to change next week …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Brightkite Integrates with Facebook  —  Do you want your Facebook friends to know where you are and what you're doing at all times?  That's now possible thanks to mobile social network Brightkite and its recent integration with Facebook.  Through the addition of Facebook Connect …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Piper sees dull Macworld, new form factor iPhone by spring  —  With Apple chief executive Steve Jobs skipping out on this year's Macworld Expo, investment bank Piper Jaffray isn't holding high hopes for new product announcements outside a pair of refreshed Macs, but said in a report Tuesday …
Discussion: iPhone Savior and TUAW
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
A Modest Blogging Proposal  —  If “pay per post” lets online writers shill for cash, why not go all the way and sell real-life opinions, too?  —  It all started with a simple question from Forrester Research (FORR) analyst Jeremiah Owyang late in the afternoon on Friday, Dec. 12.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Michael Thompson / Ars Technica:
Downloading your games?  Get ready for extra fees  —  The business of selling games has rapidly changed over the past few years, mainly because online services have allowed developers to bypass the middleman that is retail stores.  There are major advantages to purchasing a game via digital distribution …
Discussion: GamePolitics News and digg.com
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Sony needs to (but can't) drop the price of the PS3  —  In a report that could send shock waves through the video game industry, market research firm iSuppli has detailed the real cost and new savings found in Sony's second-generation Playstation 3.  —  iSuppli's report, issued Monday …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix, Adobe, Google Rated Best Places To Work.  AT&T, eBay, RadioShack Among the Worst.  —  Where are the best and worst places to work?  Glassdoor, the site that surveys employees about workplace conditions in great detail, has issued lists of the best and worst 50 companies as rated …
InfoWorld:
Windows 7 takes shape  —  We all knew it was coming, but now it feels real.  With its debut to select developers in November, Windows 7 is no longer just a label but a real OS.  And the public beta is expected this spring.  —  Those expecting a radical redo of Windows will be disappointed …
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Social Xmas: Facebook's busiest day ever, YouTube overtakes Hotmail, Social networks = 10% of UK Internet traffic  —  With all of the focus on the economic downturn and the troubles in the retail sector, it's easy to forget the continued growth of social networking in the UK.
Discussion: WebProNews
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Tough Love For Microsoft Search  —  Back in June, I spoke at Microsoft as part of a regular series for those involved with its webmaster tools group and anyone generally interested in search.  My talk was called “Tough Love For Microsoft Search,” and I covered various reasons why I felt …
Discussion: Network World
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg's Ad-Targeting Improves  —  Bearing witness to social news site Digg's sad 2008 revenues — about $6.4 million on 30 million monthly uniques — we complained that one of the site's biggest problems was its ad-selling partner Microsoft's poor ad-targeting.
Robert X. Cringely / PC World:
Apple's Holiday Headache  —  Apple fans weren't so jolly when the iTunes servers went down on Christmas morning — and stayed down for several days.  —  Recommends  —  It seems Apple fanboys and fangirls who found an iPod Touch under the tree this year also got a big hunk of coal from Jolly Old St. Steve.
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Thieves steal $10,000 in equipment from Palo Alto Apple Store, later hit Los Gatos site  —  Two men broke into the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto early Sunday morning and made off with $10,000 in high-tech gear, police reported.  —  The thieves triggered an alarm at the University Avenue store …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Content Sites Bracing For 50% Revenue Slowdown  —  The U.S. economy has likely been in recession for a year, and tech companies have been bracing for a big slowdown in growth.  But the fact is that revenues for most Internet-based companies haven't dropped yet.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PR 2.0
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Your Google Docs May Be Open to Hijacking  —  In July of this year, Google finally gave webmail users a way to make sure that Gmail always used SSL - the protocol that encrypts connections to prevent hijacking.  Through a flip of switch in Gmail's settings, users could rest assured …
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
First U.S. tech officer will have hands full  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's pledge to name the nation's first chief technology officer has triggered a flood of wishes, hopes and demands from tech enthusiasts who'd like the job to have the same stature and reach as, say, the White House national security adviser.
Discussion: Technology Live
Rachel Kremen / Technology Review:
Broadband on Rails  —  A compact lens could make high-speed Internet access commonplace on trains.  —  Internet access can make a train trip far more productive and enjoyable.  But train-mounted satellite dishes that send and receive data can't be used on a lot of routes, as the standard hardware is too big to fit in some tunnels.
Discussion: DSLreports
 
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