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12:45 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
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.
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube in Talks to Stream Rental Movies  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is in discussions with major movie studios about allowing users to stream movies on a rental basis, according to people familiar with the company's plans, marking one of the video giant's first moves towards charging …
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 be avaialble for $179 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
John Fontana / InfoWorld:
Red Hat releases first KVM support with RHEL 5.4  —  Move kicks off Red Hat's plans to earn a significant role in virtualization; by year end the company will add a stand-alone hypervisor and management tools for the desktop and server  —  Red Hat for the first time included KVM hypervisor technology …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Red Hat
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
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.
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: PC World, Electronista and Gearlog
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
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
CrowdEye retools real-time search with CrowdRank  —  Real-time search engine CrowdEye is retooling its results, adding personalized news and deepening its Twitter integration in an effort to beat about a dozen other startups in the space.  —  The company, co-founded by Ken Moss …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Six Hopes for This Year's Microsoft Company Meeting  —  I'm one of the biggest Microsoft Company Meeting fanboys *evah*, but even I'm surprised that we're having a full-blown Company Meeting this year at Safeco Field in Seattle.  I thought it and MGX were going to be cut without …
Thanks:atul
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Endless Summer: AT&T Has Three Weeks To Fulfill Its MMS Promise  —  I don't know about you, but I never really consider September to still be the Summer.  But it is, until September 22, anyway.  Why that matters is that AT&T promised iPhone users in the U.S. MMS capabilities by “late Summer.”
Discussion: DSLreports and The iPhone Blog
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
Erin Pettigrew / Gawker Advertising:
Then and Now, Seven Years of Blogging as Business  —  When Nick Denton launched the proto gadget blog Gizmodo in August 2002, it arrived on scene to a milieu of early web confusion.  Until then, blogs were low traffic outlets for personal thought-flinging to be visited by friends …
Discussion: Workbench and Shooting at Bubbles
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Watching TV while surfing the Internet?  You're not alone  —  Americans are notorious multitaskers in the workplace, but the latest report out of Nielsen (PDF) shows that we're increasingly multitasking when it comes to media consumption as well.  The amount of time spent watching TV …
 
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