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9:20 PM ET, November 15, 2007

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard 10.5.1 is now available  —  Leopard bugs got you down?  Apple just pushed out its first update for the new OS, 10.5.1.  It looks like it cures a whole laundry list of niggles with Leopard, including that nasty "potential data loss" issue with partitions in Finder.
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Apple admits to 'misleading' Leopard firewall settings  —  Apple has fessed up to at least three serious design weaknesses in the new application-based firewall that ships with Mac OS X Leopard.  —  The acknowledgment from Cupertino comes less than a month after independent researchers threw cold water …
Discussion: Crave
Dan Goodin / The Register:
With one bound, Apple is free of 54 security bugs
Discussion: TechSpot News and Security Fix
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Apple issues an early fix for Leopard...
Chad Lorenz / Slate:
The Death of E-Mail  —  TEENAGERS ARE ABANDONING THEIR YAHOO! AND HOTMAIL ACCOUNTS.  DO THE REST OF US HAVE TO?  —  By 2002, everyone in my family had become an Internet convert.  For the technophobic older generation, signing up for an e-mail account was a concession to us youngsters …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is email dead? No, but it's not well
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Email, 1961-2007 R.I.P... Thank God!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook: Who Else Wants to Invest at $15B?  No One?  —  It's been three weeks since Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg took a desperate Microsoft to the cleaners with a $15 billion valuation.  It's been 2.9 weeks since Forbes reported that Facebook had raised an additional $500 million from …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon 'Customers Vote' deals are outstanding  —  How'd you like a Wii for $79?  Unbelievable.  See this is why you can't get a Wii anywhere.  Amazon's been hoarding them all for this very event.  Up for grabs is your choice of 1000 Wii consoles at $79 each, 1000 40GB PS3 consoles at $139 each …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
WebKit 3's ten new tricks  —  As Apple's core rendering engine for Safari (and many third-party apps), WebKit has come quite a ways since its early days at Apple.  Open sourced in 2005, its development has remained sure and steady, thanks to a reliable increase in Safari's adoption …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, CyberNet and Compiler
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard on Eee: A match made in heaven?  —  Inevitable?  Yes.  Super great?  Absolutely.  Do we potentially derive too much pleasure from answering our own questions?  Quite possibly.  Asus has really built itself a PC ripe for the tinkering — as Dan at UNEASYsilence points out …
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CNET News.com:
Amazon to debut Kindle e-book reader Monday  —  Amazon is betting that e-books aren't a total e-bust.  —  On Monday, the online retail giant will unveil its Kindle e-book reader at a high-profile event in New York, an industry source told CNET News.com Thursday.
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
Revenue: one search Google won't answer  —  Karim Temsamani ... expecting a surge in online advertising to be sustained for two years.  —  GOOGLE's new Australasian boss has predicted a surging online advertising market for the next two years, challenging recent industry predictions of a slowdown in the booming sector for 2008.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
CBS Offers Midtown Manhattan Free Wireless Internet Access  —  Some awesome news out of Manhattan today.  CBS Corporation has announced today that it will "light up" midtown Manhattan with the creation of the "CBS Mobile Zone," a wireless high-speed network enabling New Yorkers …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IBM's Blue Cloud is Web Computing By Another Name  —  IBM wants some of that Web 2.0 mojo.  That is what is behind its announcement today of Blue Cloud, a set of "cloud computing" offerings that will be available to its corporate customers in the first quarter of 2008.
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Google Public Policy Blog:
Candidates at Google: Barack Obama  —  Posted by Andrew McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs  —  Barack Obama added another "first" to his already notable list yesterday: he became the first U.S. presidential candidate — and, I'm guessing, the first high-level elected official …
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Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Obama Promises Federal Technology Czar
Discussion: Computerworld
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Radiohead's Low Price Might Mean Higher Profit  —  Radiohead's name-your-own-price sale of its new In Rainbows album has generated lots of commentary, especially since comscore released data claiming that 62% of customers set their price at zero, with the remaining 38% setting an average price of $6 …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Reverse engineering cracks Windows encryption  —  Random number generator spills the beans, say academics; Microsoft says it's no problem  —  Israeli researchers who have reverse-engineered a critical component of Windows' encryption technology say attackers could exploit flaws to decipher secured information.
Discussion: WinBeta
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune 80 scarcer than a Wii, Microsoft blames popularity  —  The new Zunes are out—mostly.  While availability of the 4GB and 8GB flash models is excellent, the black 80GB hard drive model has been hard to find.  Microsoft assures us that "high demand" is to blame.
Discussion: TechSpot News, I4U News and Engadget
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Modern PCs to challenge WWII codebreaker  —  Colossus, the cipher-breaking World War II computer, is to be pitted against modern computing power in a competition organized by the National Museum of Computing.  —  In an event called the "Cipher Challenge," running on Thursday and Friday …
 
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Facebook's Privacy Default
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Compare People on Facebook
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Judge dismisses shareholder backdating suit against Apple execs
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Garmin, TomTom Settle One Fight, In Order To Concentrate On A Different Fight
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Who is Blogging and Why? Is the Blogosphere in a Digestion Phase?
Discussion: Valleywag and Blogging Pro
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Announces Record Fiscal Third Quarter 2008 Results
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Loopt extends location alerts
Brent Evans / Zatz Not Funny!:
ZML: AllofMP3 for Movies
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 Earlier Items: 
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Sony's PS3 With Blu-ray Gets Back As A Player
Chris Mellor / Computerworld:
BitMicro unveils 1.6TB solid state disk drive
Discussion: WinBeta
Will Greenwald / Crave: The gadget blog:
A new Nintendo DS on the way? Don't hold your breath.
Discussion: Joystiq and GameSpot
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Joost launches commercial widgets. Coke, anyone?
Blake Snow / PC World:
Xbox Originals Are Imperfect Says Microsoft
Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Releases Final Cut Express 4
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Stealth-mode app turns InBox 2.0 into Life 2.0
Times of London:
Hidden crime of 'wi-fi tapping': only 11 arrests but most of us are guilty