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3:05 PM ET, September 3, 2009

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Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Apple ships a known vulnerable version of Flash with Snow Leopard  —  The last thing you expect when you upgrade your operating system, is that you will have some of your security silently downgraded.  —  But that's precisely what seems to have happened with Mac OS X Snow Leopard …
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David Lenoe / Adobe:
Flash Player update and Snow Leopard  —  The initial release of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) includes an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player than what is available from Adobe.com.  We recommend all users update to the latest, most secure version of Flash Player (10.0.32.18) …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Customers Angered as iPhones Overload AT&T  —  Slim and sleek as it is, the iPhone is really the Hummer of cellphones.  —  It's a data guzzler.  Owners use them like minicomputers, which they are, and use them a lot.  Not only do iPhone owners download applications, stream music and videos …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How the iPhone Is Driving a Wireless Bandwidth Boom
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, jkOnTheRun and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Multimedia Messaging Coming Sept. 25 To AT&T  —  Finally!  AT&T says it will activate iPhone multimedia messaging on Sept. 25.  This allows you to send and receive photos, contacts, audio files, and location information.  —  Apple announced the feature at WWDC in June …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Endless Summer: AT&T Has Three Weeks To Fulfill Its MMS Promise
Bing / Search Blog:
Share your Search with Bing and Ping  —  We at the Bing team are firm believers in the idea that the only thing better than searching with Bing is sharing what you've found with your friends.  That's why we've been working on a potential new feature for Bing that does just that in a couple of clicks, which we call Bing & Ping.
Henri Moissinac / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Mobile: Now Connecting 65 Million People  —  Even when you're away from your desktop, we want you to be able to share and connect with those that matter to you on Facebook.  We had that goal in mind when we launched Facebook Mobile in 2006.  Today, we reached a new milestone …
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VentureBeat:
Facebook Connect expands beyond iPhone to mobile web
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Sony's Walkman Outsells Apple's IPod for First Time in Four Years in Japan  —  Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp.'s Walkman digital music player outsold Apple Inc.'s iPod in Japan last week for the first time in more than 4 years, according to researcher BCN Inc.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who Invested How Much to Buy Skype  —  Earlier this week, a group of investors led by Silverlake Partners, a Silicon Valley-based private equity group, acquired 65 percent ownership in Internet telephony company Skype for about $1.9 billion in cash and $125 million in debt.
Discussion: Techgeist and Skype Journal, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Web Ecology Project:
The Influentials - New Approaches for Analyzing Influence on Twitter  —  Using a new methodology based on the content and responses of 12 popular users, we determined measurements of relative influence on Twitter.  We examined an ecosystem of 134,654 tweets, 15,866,629 followers …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:atul
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Michael / Rapleaf:
Rapleaf Study on Trends in Twitter Followers Between Late March and Mid-June 2009
Discussion: TechCrunch
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba's JournE touch multimedia tablet (updated with hands-on video!)  —  Hey Apple, check this thing out!  Toshiba just blazed into IFA on a 7-inch multimedia tablet, the JournE touch.  It's dominated by the touchscreen display, but underneath there's support for a wide range of codecs …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Pre Sales To Whiff Targets?  —  Is the Palm (PALM) Pre a bust?  —  Town Hall Investment Research analyst David Eller asserted in a research note this morning that sales of the Pre “are continuing to slow,” and “likely will come in dramatically below” Sprint's (S) reputed target of 1 million to 1.5 million customers for the year.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft calling on thousands to host their own Windows 7 parties  —  Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout — launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
T-Mobile introduces first pay-as-you-go Android smartphone, dubbed Pulse  —  T-Mobile UK this morning announced the Pulse, the first pay-as-you-go Android 1.5 smartphone and the third coming from the network operator.  —  Available for £180 starting October exclusively on T-Mobile …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple already testing Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update  —  Apple is moving quickly to patch holes and repair incompatibilities within Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, having already providing some developers with betas of the first maintenance and security update planned for the new operating system.
Discussion: MacRumors and I4U News
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Is How You Steal 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods In 31 Seconds  —  Quick: How can you get 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods in 31 seconds, for free?  Tip: According to this security video, you need four friends, a brick, and a visit to the Apple Store in Marlton, NJ.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
RSS Is Dead, So Is The RSS Fund  —  Three months ago, Steve Gillmor wrote that “it's time to get completely off RSS and switch to Twitter.”  Sam Diaz piled on last week, calling RSS a Web 1.0 application whose time has passed.  And things got even worse today, when news leaked …
Kent German / CNET News:
Sprint announces Android HTC Hero  —  Just a few days after we caught a few glimpses of a Sprint HTC Hero, the carrier surprised absolutely no one by finally announcing that it would carry the smartphone beginning October 11.  Sprint's first Google Android phone will cost $179 with a $100 mail …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple to offer ready-made ringtones  —  Apple has obtained the rights to offer ready-made ringtones for the iPhone and managers are trying to have them available in time for next week's press conference, music industry sources told CNET News.  —  Owners of Apple's iPhone have long had the ability …
Seth Weintraub's blog:
Snow Leopard saves millions of kilowatt hours of electricity?  —  Of all of the numerous improvements in Snow Leopard, the biggest might be its miserly use of energy.  Snow Leopard doesn't just speed up your Mac, it also makes it a better environmental citizen.
Discussion: Fast Company, Crave and Macsimum News
McKinsey Quarterly:
How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0: McKinsey Global Survey Results  —  The heaviest users of Web 2.0 applications are also enjoying benefits such as increased knowledge sharing and more effective marketing.  These benefits often have a measurable effect on the business.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Would You Pay More Than $99 For an eReader?  —  EBooks and eReaders are a hot topic right now, especially with the new line-up of Kindle competitors scheduled to arrive before the holiday season.  However, according to a new report by Forrester Research's Sarah Rotman Epps, most people aren't willing to pay a lot for these devices.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung X Series thin-and-lights sport dual-core CULV procs, 9 hour battery life  —  Samsung just debuted its new X Series line, a trio of fairly thin big brothers to the new netbooks Samsung is also launching today.  The X420 (14-inch), X520 (14.6-inch) and X120 (11.6-inch, pictured) …
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech launches Squeezebox Touch, but the design disappoints  —  Logitech is adding a touch-screen model to its line of Squeezebox streaming audio products.  Unfortunately, the upcoming Squeezebox Touch has a design flaw (in my opinion) that will likely relegate it to the periphery of the burgeoning home digital audio market.
Discussion: Gearlog and Electronista
Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Samsung brings Windows 7 to netbooks  —  Users will still be able to pick Windows XP as an option on the two new netbooks  —  Samsung will use Windows 7 Starter Edition on two new netbooks, it announced on Thursday.  —  Both the N130 and N140 will come with the Starter Edition …
Discussion: AppScout, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News shines a Spotlight on “in-depth” journalism  —  Google News has quietly added a new section that steps back from the ever-quickening news cycle to highlight “in-depth pieces of lasting value.”  It's called Spotlight, and like the rest of Google News, the stories are selected by an undisclosed algorithm.
Thanks:atul
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 hands-on, with 720p test footage!  —  Hoo boy are we stoked on this one.  Panasonic has really shown what micro four thirds is all about, with the retro good looks and strong performance of the new Lumix DMC-GF1.  The camera is certainly a bit larger and heavier …
Nanette Byrnes / Business Week:
Tech: When Options Costs More Than Research  —  Apple and eBay top a list of six S&P 500 companies that spent more in 2008 on stock-based compensation than on research and development.  Is this bad?  —  If you want to spur innovation, is it better to lavish stock-based compensation …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Inside peek: How The New York Times uses blogs  —  [Correction: This post originally stated that the Times' copy desk editors don't review and edit blog posts.  They do.  I just haven't gotten many edits.]  —  At Google's 10th anniversary of Blogger event on Tuesday …
 
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
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John Fontana / InfoWorld:
Red Hat releases first KVM support with RHEL 5.4
Discussion: Ars Technica and Red Hat
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Cisco, EMC Weigh Tech-Services Venture
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Coders At Work  —  “Aside from authoring narrowly focused …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Is Growing 80 Percent A Year, While Citysearch Remains Flat
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