Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
7:50 AM ET, February 20, 2009

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked Photo of the Next-Generation Mac Mini?  —  A possible image of the next generation Mac Mini was first posted to a MacRumors forum discussion thread.  The image depicts what could be the next Mac mini.  —  The original leaker also claimed the following specs:  — Intel Core 2 Duo
RELATED:
9 to 5 Mac:
Is the 5 USB Mac Mini a fake?  —  So, one of our readers, Dave - who happens to be an expert at PCB design, has spent some time looking at the Mac Mini image posted today and he believes it is a fake.  There have been many posts around the web on why.  —  Firstly, the dispersion of artifacts isn't consistant with an unedited image:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and MacBlogz
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Most.  Boring.  Apple.  Rumor.  Ever.  —  Weird but true: Writing the guide to judging Apple rumors which I posted last week was both cathartic and disillusioning.  Ultimately, it left me feeling that the best response to about seventy percent of Apple-related gossip is to ignore it …
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
Commenting with Facebook Connect  —  Since Facebook Connect launched, we've seen over 6,000 developers make their sites more social using Facebook Connect.  One of the most common features we've seen sites add with Facebook Connect is the ability to allow users to log in with a single click …
RELATED:
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launches First Public Connect-Enabled Widget
Discussion: Webware.com
Sydney Morning Herald:
Look who leaked U2's new album  —  U2 and, inset, the cover of No Line On The Horizon.  —  Asher Moses  —  Full CD-quality copies of every song on U2's upcoming album, No Line On The Horizon, have been leaked on to the web after Universal Music Australia accidentally put it up for sale on its online music store two weeks early.
Discussion: VentureBeat and A Networked World
RELATED:
Adobe:
Buffer overflow issue in versions 9.0 and earlier of Adobe Reader and Acrobat  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSA09-01  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability would cause the application to crash …
Discussion: Download Squad and PC World
RELATED:
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New in-the-wild attack targets fully-patched Adobe Reader  —  Locked and loaded  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in SOX compliance  —  Security watchers are warning of a serious unpatched vulnerability in Adobe's Reader program that's actively being exploited to install malware on the PCs of unsuspecting users.
Discussion: Insecure Web
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A snow leopard on Live.com is causing some to lose their minds  —  I saw the story once and I thought: Oh, that's kind of funny.  I saw it twice and I thought: Hmm.  I saw it three times and saw it all over Twitter and thought: This is getting ridiculous.  There must be a shortage of stories …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Quicken Online Can't Believe Mint Is Doing So Well; Sends Threatening Letter  —  Intuit, the company behind the well-known Quicken suite of money management software that includes Quicken Online, can't believe how well its competitor Mint is doing.  In fact, they were so bewildered …
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Test Updates for Windows 7 Beta Users  —  Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to 5 test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update.  These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7.
CNBC.com:
Sprint Shares Skyrocket 20% on Palm Pre Deal  —  Sprint [PALM Loading...  () ], which also reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday, saw its shares rise leap almost 20 percent to $3.25 Thursday.  —  The person, who asked not to be named, said the exclusivity period …
RELATED:
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
SAP snags Coghead  —  SAP has acquired the assets of Coghead minus any of its customers following Coghead's demise.  As Rafe Needleman says over at CNet, this paves the way for others to swoop in and sweep up stranded customers although there is some doubt whether this will work.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and TechCrunch
RELATED:
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Paid apps finally infiltrating Android Market?  —  We just got a tip that if you're running the latest T-Mobile G1 OS, you'll now see paid applications finally appear in the Android Market.  We're in the process of booting up our G1, so we can't confirm this ourselves, but it sure as heck does seem likely.
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
CBS Strikes Back at Hulu  —  Is this the start of a Web video war?  —  A day after news broke that Hulu had pulled its video content from CBS Corp.'s TV.com because of “contractual” issues, CBS fought back with a statement declaring its own rights.  —  “CBS Interactive is well within …
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers, Thanks:atul
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Parents Give Up Facebook for Lent  —  They're a little too old to give up potato chips, Guitar Hero or Red Bull for Lent.  —  But as Christian parents ponder an appropriate sacrifice, they find themselves mulling a choice they'd have once seen as preposterous: A Facebook fast — not for their teens but for themselves.
BBC:
Hackers target Xbox Live players  —  Xbox Live is being targeted by malicious hackers selling services that kick players off the network.  —  The booting services are proving popular with players who want a way to get revenge on those who beat them in an Xbox Live game.
Discussion: VG247
Blog on Fire:
Fire Eagle Location Streams  —  Introduction  —  User location is interesting, obviously.  As location data becomes increasingly stale, it becomes less interesting and less useful.  It's much more helpful to know where someone is, rather than where they may have been recently.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:factoryjoe
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Cable providers eye offering TV shows online: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc are talking with owners of major cable television networks about ways to give cable subscribers online access to much of the networks' programing, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Jack Dorsey on the Twitter ecosystem, journalism and how to reduce reply spam.  Part II  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.  (Credit: Joi Ito via Flickr)  —  On Wednesday we posted the first half of an interview with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (@jack), in which he talked about the conceptual roots of the site.
Discussion: ReTweet, WebProNews, Twitter Blog and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
IBM lands 25 teraflop iDataplex cluster in Bluegrass State  —  Louisville slugger  —  Free whitepaper - Utilizing IT to put data to work  —  IBM has signed up another customer for its iDataplex super-dense x64 rack servers, this time landing the University of Louisville in Kentucky …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Single Google Query uses 1000 Machines in 0.2 seconds  —  Google is normally quite secretive about their search infrastructure but, in a break from tradition, they have revealed that a single search query on Google can consume the processing power of 1000 machines.
Thanks:atul
Gamasutra:
EA's Riccitiello: Recession ‘Blessing In Disguise’ That Can Clear Away ‘Junk’  —  Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello says the current economic climate is “a blessing in disguise,” because it will force the industry to rethink stagnant attitudes and methods — and lead to “clearing away” …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Windows Empire Strikes Back  —  Since Vista's launch, Mac enthusiasts and Microsoft critics have successfully mounted a rebel campaign against the Windows PC.  Apple's brand was resurgent, and Macs were the cooler computers.  Mac sales growth blew away Windows PCs, while Apple computers rapidly gained market share.
Discussion: Guardian and Apple Watch
CNN:
Meghan McCain tells GOP to get tech savvy  —  (CNN) — The Republican Party needs to change — at least when it comes to its use of technology, Meghan McCain says.  —  In a column on the Daily Beast Web site, the daughter of Sen. John McCain says the GOP is likely to continue its decline …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 boot animation customization will not be supported  —  Microsoft has announced that it will not support changing the Windows 7 boot animation by those who want to personalize their rigs further than just changing wallpapers and themes.  —  Microsoft has definitely opened up a few doors …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Free Fred Wilson  —  Fred Wilson finds himself on two sides of the fundamental issue of our time: the user's right to access data the way he or she wants to.  On one side, that of the user, Wilson is an investor and board member of Boxee, a startup that translates web pages into a form more easily consumable on a TV screen.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog, GMSV, PlagiarismToday and A VC, Thanks:atul
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 7:50 AM ET, February 20, 2009.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Microsoft:
Smart elevators: The Internet of Things gives the world's cities a major lift  —  Find out how ThyssenKrupp, one of the world's leading elevator manufacturers, is using Microsoft Internet of Things technology to keep elevators operating smoothly.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere  —  It's come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.  Let's clear things up:
Zoho:
The Chart Picker Guide  —  Charts have the magical ability to transform abstract numbers into beautiful readable visualizations.  Trouble comes when you have to choose the right chart, that could best visualize the data involved.
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 Site News: 

Nothing recent. See Techmeme News for earlier news.

 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Mini-Techmeme: Techmeme for mobiles
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Skepticism arises over rural broadband stimulus
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Amid PR follies, Facebook attempts to humanize
Discussion: Facebook Blog and ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
ManiaTV Puts Itself Up for Sale
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Kevin Hale / Particletree:
How Not to Pitch to a Startup  —  Several months ago …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The TechCrunch 2008 Year in Review
Thanks:sampad
Arlene Lee / Inside AdSense:
Fontastic new options for your ad units
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
New bill would force ISPs to retain user data for two years
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
YouTube looks out for content owners, disables video ripping
 Earlier Items: 
James Sherwood / The Register:
Cameraphone with physical shutter spied
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Norwegian Websites Declare War on IE 6
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pinch Media Data Shows The Average Shelf Life Of An iPhone App Is Less Than 30 Days
Discussion: Russell Beattie's Weblog and Macsimum News, Thanks:atul
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How Much Data Fits On A Pin?
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Testers get SP2 Release Candidate for Vista and Server 2008
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Gmail With Custom Colors
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Time.com's bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll

Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Netflix Passes 50M Subscribers As It Reports Better Than Expected Q2 Revenue Of $1.34B

Robert Channick / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune newspapers worth $635 million, analyst says

 
Sister Sites:

Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
memeorandum
 Politics, opinion, and current events
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip