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10:50 AM ET, December 16, 2008

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BBC:
Serious security flaw found in IE  —  Users of the world's most common web browser have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.  —  The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.
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TG Daily:
Exclusive: First look at Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1  —  First Look - Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week.  This new version is marked as “Release Candidate 1” and is expected to be the final IE8 pre-release update Microsoft intends …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Microsoft Internet Explorer users told to switch browsers over ‘zero-day’ flaw  —  Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been warned of a flaw in it that could let hackers gain access to their computers and steal personal data, and told them to swap to a rival browser.
Discussion: dot.life blog
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rumor: New Mac Mini Coming to Macworld 2009  —  Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted Wired.com.  —  The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job) …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Mac mini makeover considered likely for Macworld
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Loses Shine as Mac Sales Slow  —  PC Maker Eschews Discounts Even as Rivals Slash Prices and Consumers Pull Back; Worries for 2009  —  Even Apple Inc. is beginning to suffer in this year's dismal holiday season, and worries are mounting the recession will weigh on its business next year.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users  —  It's deep packet inspection, but it's not for Phorm...  Exclusive The UK's second largest ISP, Virgin Media, will next year introduce network monitoring technology to specifically target and restrict BitTorrent traffic, its boss has told The Register.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Virgin Media stands by targeted ad technology
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Neowin.net
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:   Broadcasters face charges for web delivery
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter has made Dell $1 million in revenue  —  Everyone loves talking about Twitter's business model — because there isn't one yet, and they'll keep talking about it until there is one.  But it's becoming more clear that while a business model is of course important, Twitter is perhaps …
Discussion: Mashable!, Twitterrati and digg.com
Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Take a tour of Yahoo! Mail's new smarter inbox  —  As you may have heard, we've been working on a new smarter inbox to help make your life easier.  We're happy to announce that today, some of you will begin to experience the smarter inbox, and we wanted to give everyone a chance to see what it looks like and what it can do.
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Mail rolls out a smarter inbox
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Mobile phone market to shrink in 2009  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phone sales will shrink next year at their fastest pace ever as consumers cut spending, a Reuters poll showed, with analysts increasingly concerned about unsold phones piling up in stores.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Edward Kirk / iPhone Alley:
Warning: Mac Update 10.5.6 Breaks DFU Mode For iPhone, iPod Touch  —  in - news - DFU mode - hacking - iPhone Dev Team - iTunes - Mac - PwnageTool - QuickPwn - Software Updates - unlocking  —  Mac users with a hacked iPhone or iPod touch should beware: Apple released update 10.5.6 for Mac OS X over the weekend.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC: The Touch Netbook to Emulate  —  CES 2009 is undoubtedly going to be the show for touch-enabled netbooks and leading the pack will be Intel's Convertible Classmate PC.  While MSI and ASUS have hinted at their respective touch-capable Winds and Eee PCs …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
ESPN Strives to Eject Clutter From Its Site  —  ESPN.COM is counting on less clutter and more advertising options to bolster revenue at a time when its sister cable channels are battling rare weakness.  —  ESPN, the Walt Disney Company's sports media behemoth, is unveiling Tuesday …
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Mystery T-swivel device is really Compal Tabasco MID  —  Remember that unknown T-swivel device I showed you last week?  The one that all the smartphone sites swooped in on and cautiously identified as the Palm Roteo?  Well, it's not unknown anymore and contrary to its Treo keyboard, it's not the Roteo either.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Vator.tv gets a centralized, Twitter-like news feed  —  Vator.tv, the “YouTube for start-ups” has a new feature going live on Tuesday morning that lets companies post short updates to their Vator.tv-hosted information pages.  Similar to Twitter, the messages are limited to just a few hundred characters …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and VatorNews
Times of London:
Revealed: Amazon staff punished for being ill  —  Amazon, Britain's most popular website for Christmas shopping, is making its staff work seven days a week and threatening them with the sack if they take time off sick.  —  The company charges among the lowest prices for products ranging …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Sends PowerPoint To The Cloud With New Plugin  —  SlideShare, a startup that we've likened to a YouTube equivalent for PowerPoint presentations, has released a new plugin for Microsoft Office 2007 that allows users to edit and publish presentations directly to their SlideShare accounts.
Business Wire:
Best Buy Continues To Prepare For Difficult Economic Environment, Plans Significant Spending Reductions  —  Company reports fiscal third-quarter EPS of $0.13; adjusted quarterly EPS was $0.35, excluding investment impairment charge  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY - News):
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
The Web is in Motion via Movable Type Pro  —  Today, we're launching a new application for Movable Type Pro, called Motion.  If you're just looking for the headline to put on your blog, you can think of it this way:  — Microblogging like Pownce or Tumblr or Twitter plus
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Dell Trails Its Rivals in the Worst of Times  —  ROUND ROCK, Tex. — Michael S. Dell has grown tired of discussing his company's reinvention.  —  “It's O.K. if everyone doesn't understand what we're doing,” Mr. Dell said in an interview at the headquarters of Dell, the computer maker.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing: Think collective, not zero sum  —  To date cloud computing and its offshoots have been described in zero sum terms: Amazon's storage system over another vendor; Salesforce.com's platform over Siebel; IBM's cloud over HP's.  The reality is likely to be much more democratic.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Qualcomm aims chip at tiny, always-on laptop  —  Qualcomm's four-year, $350 million effort to design a chip that goes into small notebooks and handhelds will come to fruition next year when device makers deliver products based on the Snapdragon processor.  —  I spent last Friday morning …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ImageMetrics raises funds to make faces look and move realistically in video games  —  Making realistic human faces is one of the last frontiers of video game artistry.  No one has done it in a way that can really fool a trained eye.  But Image Metrics, which is announcing a new round of funding today …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Tom Reestman / TheAppleBlog:
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
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John Cook / TechFlash:
BlueKai gets $10.5 million to help advertisers target shoppers
Brian Cornell / Google Mobile Blog:
Your Maps in Your Hands for the Holidays
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook's new value: $1.3 billion?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider