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11:35 AM ET, December 30, 2008

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Jonathan Stray / CNET News:
Web browser flaw could put e-commerce security at risk  —  But the SSL certificate is issued by MD5 Collisions Inc.  —  BERLIN—A key piece of Internet technology that banks, e-commerce sites, and financial institutions rely on to keep transactions safe suffers from a serious security vulnerability …
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Researchers Show How to Forge Site Certificates  —  Today at the Chaos Computing Congress, a group of researchers (Alex Sotirov, Marc Stevens, Jake Appelbaum, Arjen Lenstra, Benne de Weger, and David Molnar) announced that they have found a way to forge website certificates that will be accepted as valid by most browsers.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
SSL broken!  Hackers create rogue CA certificate using MD5 collisions  —  Using computing power from a cluster of 200 PS3 game consoles and about $700 in test digital certificates, a group of hackers in the U.S. and Europe have found a way to target a known weakness in the MD5 algorithm …
Discussion: Bits, The Register and win.tue.nl
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Martin drops porn filtering from FCC free wireless broadband plan  —  Kevin Martin, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, called Ars Technica today to let us know that he has revised his proposal to roll out a free (and smut-free) wireless broadband service.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Brightkite Integrates with Facebook  —  Do you want your Facebook friends to know where you are and what you're doing at all times?  That's now possible thanks to mobile social network Brightkite and its recent integration with Facebook.  Through the addition of Facebook Connect …
Discussion: Brightkite Blog and All Facebook
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
The Windows 7 build 7000 leak and Microsoft's reaction  —  This past weekend, Windows 7 build 7000 leaked to torrent sites.  It's not the first build of Windows 7 to leak, but it definitely is the most important one so far.  You see, the first 7xxx build marks the entrance of Windows 7 into beta phase …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
What does the “netbook” craze tell us about the future of laptops.  —  There isn't much mystery to why a little-marketed computer known as the Eee PC has lately seized the top spot on Amazon's laptop best-seller list.  The machine, a three-pound ugly duckling made by the Taiwanese company Asus …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Content Sites Bracing For 50% Revenue Slowdown  —  The U.S. economy has likely been in recession for a year, and tech companies have been bracing for a big slowdown in growth.  But the fact is that revenues for most Internet-based companies haven't dropped yet.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Wins an Award It Didn't Give Itself: Tops in Customer Satisfaction  —  Amazon's data-free claim that it posted its “best ever” holiday season this month has gotten a deservedly skeptical reception.  But here's one vote in favor of Jeff Bezos's e-commerce giant: A customer satisfaction poll …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
A Bundle of Joy Arrives: BenQ JoyBook Lite U101 First Impressions  —  The holiday season may be nearing the end, but it doesn't mean the gifts have stopped coming.  This morning the netbook stork dropped off a little bundle of Joy (puns haven't been this good since the MSI Wind first blew into town) - the BenQ JoyBook Lite U101.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple's Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter Has Periodic Distortion Issues  —  We've been waiting a few months for the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter in order to hook up our 30-inch Dell 3007WFP monitor, but when it got here, it was periodically unusable.
TOP 20 MSI News:
The World's First Hybrid Storage Netbook- MSI U115 Hybrid  —  Taipeiã€' MSI today announces U115 Hybrid.  The very first notebook computer in the world that is capable of operating both SSD and HDD hard drives simultaneously, combining all the features of SSD and HDD in the U115 Hybrid for your enjoyment.
InfoWorld:
Windows 7 takes shape  —  We all knew it was coming, but now it feels real.  With its debut to select developers in November, Windows 7 is no longer just a label but a real OS.  And the public beta is expected this spring.  —  Those expecting a radical redo of Windows will be disappointed …
Discussion: Epicenter
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Tough Love For Microsoft Search  —  Back in June, I spoke at Microsoft as part of a regular series for those involved with its webmaster tools group and anyone generally interested in search.  My talk was called “Tough Love For Microsoft Search,” and I covered various reasons why I felt …
Discussion: Network World
Graham Cluley / Sophos:
Phishing with Google Calendar  —  As you know, one of the challenges that phishers face in defrauding you out of your username, passwords and - ultimately - cash, is how can they convince you that they are legitimate?  —  I'm indebted to Clu-blog reader Pete who sent me details …
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Acer launches bargain quad-core notebook  —  San Jose (CA) - Acer has set its focus on Dell and Hewlett-Packard in 2009: Already the third-largest PC manufacturer in the world, the company reportedly wants to surpass Dell - and pricing appears to be main strategy to attract buyers.
Daniel Lyons / Washington Post:
The iPhone's Golden Touch  —  Ge Wang never dreamed of becoming a high-tech Silicon Valley entrepreneur.  He's an assistant professor at Stanford, a specialist in computer science and music whose biggest passion has been organizing nerdy “laptop orchestras” composed of 20 people each “playing” a notebook computer.
Discussion: textually.org
iSuppli:
Second-Generation PlayStation 3 Features Cost Reduction, Supplier Shifts  —  Sony Corp.'s new-generation PlayStation 3 (PS3) features a cost-reduced design due to integration and some key changes in components from the previous-generation model, according to a teardown conducted by iSuppli Corp.
Andrew Jack / Financial Times:
The woman who built the Gates foundation  —  When Patty Stonesifer tried to stop working for Bill Gates a decade ago, she asked him to meet some unusual conditions in order to keep her.  She did not want to be paid, and she did not want to be involved in business.
Arn / MacRumors:
Vaja Also Hints at iPhone Nano?  —  Relatively well-known iPhone case manufacturer Vaja has curiously added an “iPhone Nano” listing to their website.  The link simply directs you to a form asking you to sign up for information about “the upcoming release of our iPhone nano cases.”
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News:
Facebook's War Against Lactivists  —  As a new father, I have to admit, watching my wife breastfeeding our daughter brings on feelings in me, but not sexual ones, rather sweet ones, as I find the interaction between mother and daughter beautiful.  Facebook, on the other hand seems …
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
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