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5:55 PM ET, August 10, 2008

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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Goodbye, Passwords.  You Aren't a Good Defense.  —  THE best password is a long, nonsensical string of letters and numbers and punctuation marks, a combination never put together before.  Some admirable people actually do memorize random strings of characters for their passwords …
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Apple's Rotten Decision  —  One of the more hotly-discussed topics among attendees of this year's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas was Apple's last minute decision to cancel its scheduled presentations, and the somewhat disengaged stance it continues to maintain regarding the vulnerability research community in general.
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel's Nehalem chips to get ‘Core’ branding  —  Intel's next-generation desktop processors will be branded “Intel Core” with an “i7” identifier for the first wave of products.  —  The i7 identifier will apply to the first crop of high-end desktop processors, according to George Alfs, an Intel spokesperson.
Discussion: PC World, eWeek and Engadget
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Live video of HTC's “Dream” Android phone?  —  Yeah, it's not the highest quality video we've ever seen, but if you can look past the blurriness and Darth Vader breathing noises you might be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks to an eagle-eyed tipster, we've some video footage of what might be the HTC Dream.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Noncompete Ruling Won't Change Anything, Anywhere  —  Earlier this week, California's Supreme Court reaffirmed the state's position on noncompete clauses: they're almost never valid, except for in a few specific circumstances.  While this has been the state's policy since 1872 …
Discussion: Xconomy
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Return To Sender  —  Almost all of the complex exploits that make news at the Defcon hacker conference are scary.  But the network vulnerability that Anton Kapela and Alex Pilosov will present is frighteningly simple.  —  Sunday at the Defcon hacker conference, Kapela and Pilosov are presenting …
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Innocent infringement defense may reduce damages to $200 per song file in Maverick v. Harper  —  In Maverick v. Harper, a San Antonio, Texas, case of which we were unaware until yesterday, the RIAA has been pursuing a college age defendant who admitted to having committed copyright infringement using …
Discussion: DSLreports, Mashable! and p2pnet
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 1.8 Released, Mac Version Coming Soon  —  After months of hard work and more than six months since their previous stable release, the uTorrent team has released version 1.8 of their BitTorrent client, with significant improvements and updates.  Adding to the excitement …
Discussion: Digg
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
eBay: It's a Gamble!  —  This I know: A brand has definitively jumped the shark when it's turned into a slot machine.  It's happened to That Girl and Blondie (the comic strip, not the band) and poor Dean Martin, who isn't around to give a yay or nay to gambling devices based on his likeness.
Fred Goodman / New York Times:
An Old Rocker Gets Digital  —  WHEN Charles Grimsdale, a British investor, started the Internet music venture OD2 in 1999, he had a hard time persuading large record companies to license their music.  But when he approached the rock musician Peter Gabriel about putting his music catalog online …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Blocked in Italy  —  The Pirate Bay has been “censored” in Italy following an urgent decree from a deputy public prosecutor.  Pirate Bay's IPs and the domain name are inaccessible, as they are blocked by ISPs all over the country.  Whether these blocks will be very effective …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vatata: Chinese P2P TV Coming to Set-Top Boxes  —  Chinese P2P solutions provider Vatata, whose similarly named P2P streaming platform Vakaka we wrote about last year, has developed a set-top box solution to bring a Joost-like P2P TV experience to the living room.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge orders halt to Defcon speech on subway card hacking  —  LAS VEGAS — A federal judge on Saturday granted the state of Massachusetts' request for an injunction preventing three MIT students from giving a presentation about hacking smartcards used in the Boston subway system.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon: EFF defends MIT students' right to talk; federal court stops speech
Discussion: MacUser and The Register
 
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