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8:40 AM ET, November 1, 2007

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Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Is Apple's Leopard still in beta?  —  Mac users are hitting problems galore in Mac OS X 10.5  —  Even a casual glance across the Mac web in the last few days will reveal a litany of problems faced by users upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.  —  Problems range from application crashes to login problems …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Ars Technica
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Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Phishing trojan targets OS X  —  Security vendor Intego claims to have found a new trojan attack that targets Apple's OS X operating system.  —  The OSX.RSPlug.A trojan allegedly disguises itself as a video codec that would provided access to a pornographic video.
Intego:
INTEGO SECURITY ALERT - October 31, 2007  —  OSX.RSPlug.A Trojan Horse Changes Local DNS Settings to  —  Redirect to Malicious DNS Servers  —  Description: A malicious Trojan Horse has been found on several pornography web sites, claiming to install a video codec necessary to view free pornographic videos on Macs.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Mac OS malware targets porn surfers
Ivan / creativebits:
Mac OS X viruses and trojans
Discussion: Technovia
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Trojan Horse warning: What you need to know
Discussion: TrendLabs
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Open Social: screencast and screenshots  —  In yesterday's post, I described the new Open Social API, sponsored by Google and supported by a wide range of Internet companies including my company Ning.  —  In this post, I present a screencast and a series of screenshots that show Open Social in action.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL Spreads Its Privacy Education Program  —  AOL announced a program that will help Internet users understand behaviorally targeted advertising, along with providing mechanisms for opting out of such targeting.  —  The company estimated it can reach 91 percent of the US Internet audience with its privacy education campaign.
Discussion: Rev2.org
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Nearly 150,000 installs of AppSnapp (iPhone 3rd party app/jailbreak tool) in 3 days  —  The demand for unofficial third-party applications on iPhones is, by at least one account, staggering.  AppSnapp, a Web-based script that jailbreaks (allows read-write access to the filesystem) …
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
More than 100,000 iPhone owners break out of jail
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jon Swift:
Facebook Declares War on the Blogosphere  —  Just as in earlier times a man was only as good as his family name, today we are defined by the social networks we belong to.  So imagine my horror when I learned that I have become a virtual bastard.  Earlier this week I logged into Facebook …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MacBooks to Santa Rosa, GMA X3100; 2.6GHz MacBook Pro  —  As rumored, Apple has quietly updated the MacBook tonight to the Santa Rosa architecture with mild speed bumps and the GMA X3100 integrated video.  —  White 13.3"  —  $1099.00 2.0GHz/1GB RAM/80GB/Combo/GMA X3100
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac, TechSpot News and Digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Hakia Adds Social Networking - But Does Search Need Social Networking Features?  —  Semantic search engine Hakia has just released a new social networking feature, called Meet Others (MO).  The basic idea is to "meet others" who asked the same query.  This is something I've never seen …
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
FUTURE READING  —  Digitization and its discontents. … In 1938, Alfred Kazin began work on his first book, "On Native Grounds."  The child of poor Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, he had studied at City College.  Somehow, with little money or backing, he managed to write an extraordinary book …
Discussion: The End of Cyberspace
François Bancilhon / Mandriva Blog:
An open letter to Steve Ballmer  —  Hi, this is François, from Mandriva.  —  I'm sure we're way too small for you to know me.  You know, we're one of these tiny Linux company working hard for our place on the market.  We produce a Linux Distro, Mandriva Linux.
Discussion: WebProNews, PC Magazine and Digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Mugr: from facebook to mugshotbook  —  Why should cops have all the fun?  Mugr, which went into private beta yesterday, aims to bring face-recognition software to the masses.  Its "face-based" search engine, deployed through its own social-networking site and offered to other social networks …
Discussion: broadstuff
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Is Courting Facebook Developers In More Ways Than One  —  Google is taking a multi-pronged approach when it comes to winning over the hearts and minds of Facebook developers.  We already know that it will attempt a direct appeal to get developers to come over to Google's side …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Googlified
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone: The Story So Far, Some Launch Details & What's Next  —  The Wall Street Journal has been reporting on Google's mobile phone efforts and how it is beginning to draw some interest from carriers, especially in the United States.  Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) are in talks with Google …
 
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Steve / CO-ED Magazine:
Facebook Music is Coming!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Prosper Registers With SEC to Create a $500 Million Secondary Market …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony's Folding@home project gets Guinness record
Discussion: Engadget and Opposable Thumbs
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Messenger 9, GTalk integration, Messenger API, new client …
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Hey, Look Who's Now The 5th Biggest Company in the US