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3:15 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Huge iPhone Security Flaw Puts All Private Information at Risk  —  There's a huge security problem in the latest iPhone 2.0.2: if you have your JesusPhone password protected, using a very simple trick gives anyone full access to your cellphone private information in Mail, SMS, Contacts, and even Safari.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Passcode Flaw Already Addressed for Future Firmware Update?
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asa.org.uk:
ASA Adjudications — Apple (UK) Ltd  —  Media:  —  Sector:  —  Computers and telecommunications  —  Agency:  —  TBWA London  —  Ad  —  A TV ad, for the iPhone, showed the phone in someone's hand and a finger switching it on to reveal the menu page.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple bans a comic book, firestorm ensues  —  Murderdrome is not Ulysses, Lolita or Lady Chatterley's Lover.  It's a dark, bloody comic strip marked by the type of over-the-top violence that has made its genre so popular among young readers with a lot of pent-up rage.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comic Book Ban Shows That Apple Needs An Appeals Court (AAPL)
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mike Cane 2008
Blue Pilot Software:
Comic Reader now Infurious Comics
Discussion: TeleRead
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's new “Blue Track” mouse spotted?  —  We're not really sure if Microsoft is peddling a revolution here or just the mousing tech flavor of the month, but we've got ourselves a much better idea of where things might be going.  After that little “Say Goodbye to Laser” …
Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PostPath  —  PostPath's Email and Calendaring Software to Enhance Cisco's WebEx Collaboration Platform  —  Building upon its commitment to provide a comprehensive collaboration portfolio, Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held PostPath …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Cisco Bought Mail Startup PostPath for $215 Million  —  In order to fight its ongoing battle against Microsoft & Google on the whole issue of “collaboration”, Cisco today added yet another weapon to its arsenal.  —  The San Jose-based company today announced that is buying PostPath …
Discussion: Techland, eWeek and CNET News.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Why Cisco Bought Mail Startup PostPath for $215M
Peter Lattman / Wall Street Journal:
A Photobucket Bonanza, for Insiders  —  A Web-Site Bet Was Lucrative For Venture Firm, but Not Its Investors  —  When the photo-sharing Web site Photobucket.com was acquired last year for about $300 million, executives at New York-based venture-capital firm Insight Venture Partners made a small fortune.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Photobucket's Sale To Fox: How VC Insiders Made Big Personal Returns
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Repeat tests show iPhone 3G doesn't suffer from faulty hardware  —  After lab results demonstrated that the iPhone 3G's antenna actually functions normally, critics complained that the tests didn't represent their own experiences.  So the tests were performed again on two phones …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Eva Wieselgren / GP/Göteborg:
More testing: Nothing wrong with iPhone's antennas
BBC:
Computer viruses make it to orbit  —  A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS).  —  Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG.  —  The worm was first detected on earth in August 2007 and lurks …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Who's Dumber: Bad Guys ... Or Good Guys?  —  In the old cowboy movies, the black hats were villains that created mayhem, until the white hats came along and ended their reigns of fear.  Now, we have the spectacle of good guys seemingly educating the bad guys on how to exploit flaws or processes …
Discussion: Threat Level, Electronista and TG Daily
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Revealed: The Internet's Biggest Security Hole
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
PC manufacturers seek shelter from Vista's drizzle  —  If you needed any further testament to the colossal failure that is Microsoft Windows Vista, just read this Wall Street Journal article detailing PC manufacturers attempts to design around Vista's shortcomings, shortcomings that no amount of marketing are going to fix.
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Orange owns up to download speed limit for all 3G devices  —  Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a mobile phone carrier managed to piss off a fair number of its customers all at once?  Well, we're all about to find out, thanks to a gutsy move by France's Orange.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Orange admits to capping 3G speeds in France
Discussion: CNET News.com
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
How To Walk, Talk & Charge Your Mobile Phone  —  Everyday activities — commuting to work, walking the dog, grocery shopping — could one day help keep your cell phone charged, thanks to an emerging technology that converts regular motion into power.  —  Boise, Idaho-based startup M2E Power announced …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Review (Verdict: Best Palm Hardware Ever)  —  The Gadget: The Treo Pro is a 3G-equipped, Windows Mobile 6.1-running, touchscreen smartphone that's just a sliver bigger than the iPhone 3G.  Completely redesigned, it's Palm's best looking phone in years.  —  The Price: $550 (Unlocked, no contract)
Discussion: eWeek
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
ESPN Leads $80 Million Investment In The Active Network; Will Pursue Acquisitions  —  The Active Network, the big provider of sports-related technology, has just closed a huge, $80 million sixth round led by ESPN.  Past backers participating in the round include Canaan Partners …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Mike Jennings / PC Pro blog:
A real Space Oddity arrives at PC Pro
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Patlike / videogaming247:
Third Far Cry game confirmed, dev team has “commitment to the African setting”
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Hollywood Media Sells Hollywood.com To Its Own Chairman …
Discussion: WebProNews and 901am
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Developer consolidation is bad for the video game industry
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Europeans Retreat on Venture Investing
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Signs of life emerge on the Vista marketing front
David King / The Official Google Blog:
Making money on YouTube with Content ID
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
John Ribeiro / LinuxWorld.com:
Dell puts Linux and Atom in Vostro PCs for emerging markets
Discussion: LinuxInsider and CNET News.com
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
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