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2:05 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: Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael / Rapleaf:
Rapleaf Study on Trends in Twitter Followers Between Late March and Mid-June 2009  —  Recently, we helped one of the world's largest consumer packaged goods companies identify the most influential and connected Twitter users within their customer list for word-of-mouth marketing.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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The Influentials - New Approaches for Analyzing Influence on Twitter
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:atul
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 …
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: Skype Journal, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba BDX2000 Blu-ray player coming November for $250, gives HD-DVD the final cold shoulder  —  And so it is.  Toshiba, the one-time cheerleader for HD-DVD, has now officially gone to the azure side with the BDX2000 Blu-ray player.  It supports BD-Live (Profile 2.0) and REGZA-LINK (HDMI-CEC) …
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) …
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia N97 Firmware 2.0 Video Overview  —  I asked a Nokia spokesperson at Nokia World to show me the new firmware 2.0 on the Nokia N97.  It will feature usability enhancement, additional widgets, updated Facebook app, increased free internal memory, as well as stability improvements.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Whats the Difference Between Youtube Today and Broadcast Networks ?  —  Youtube, CBS, NBC, ABC are going to have an awful lot in common in the not too distant future  —  Which company uses its traffic to drive eyeballs to programming on which it sells advertising ?  They all do.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Want 5,000 More Facebook Friends?  That'll Be $654.30  —  USocial Will Sell You Followers and Friends  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — If you're a Gmail user who also happens to use Twitter, it's probably been about five minutes since you've seen an ad promising to boost your follower count.
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: PC World, 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: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
PC World:
More Smartphones Than Desktop PCs by 2011  —  Lexton Snol, PC Advisor  —  Smartphone sales will surpass worldwide PC sales by the end of 2011, says a report.  The report, by RBC analyst Mike Abramsky, estimates that by that time shipments of both will be approaching 400 million a year.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Is Growing 80 Percent A Year, While Citysearch Remains Flat  —  Say what you will about the quality of the reviews on Yelp or the lengths it will go to get verboten features into its iPhone app, it has made the jump from Web 2.0 darling to a mainstream service.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Do minor UI changes mean Snow Leopard is tablet-ready?  —  Among Snow Leopard's many refinements are some changes to how Mac OS X displays windows in Exposé—with a regular grid arrangement—and Stacks, which are much easier to scroll through when they become large enough.
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 …
 
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Snow Leopard saves millions of kilowatt hours of electricity?
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John Fontana / InfoWorld:
Red Hat releases first KVM support with RHEL 5.4
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