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12:10 PM 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, win.tue.nl and The Register
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: All Facebook and Brightkite Blog
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Sony needs to (but can't) drop the price of the PS3  —  In a report that could send shock waves through the video game industry, market research firm iSuppli has detailed the real cost and new savings found in Sony's second-generation Playstation 3.  —  iSuppli's report, issued Monday …
Discussion: Kit, iTWire and GoNintendo
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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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
SlingPlayer Mobile Beta for BlackBerry Now Available!  —  The road is long... with many a winding turn... he 'aint heavy... he's my brother...er..... ok, sheesh enough of that.  All I meant to say is Berry users have been waiting for this for awhile now.  But the wait is over!
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix, Adobe, Google Rated Best Places To Work.  AT&T, eBay, RadioShack Among the Worst.  —  Where are the best and worst places to work?  Glassdoor, the site that surveys employees about workplace conditions in great detail, has issued lists of the best and worst 50 companies as rated …
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.
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.
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
A Modest Blogging Proposal  —  If “pay per post” lets online writers shill for cash, why not go all the way and sell real-life opinions, too?  —  It all started with a simple question from Forrester Research (FORR) analyst Jeremiah Owyang late in the afternoon on Friday, Dec. 12.
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
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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Andrew Jack / Financial Times:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
High hopes at Yahoo, Intel for Internet-enabled TV
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DailyTech
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco's Misguided Foray Into the Living Room
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and Gizmodo
Daniel Lyons / Washington Post:
The iPhone's Golden Touch
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Samsung Snubs Qualcomm, Builds 4G Chips
InfoWorld:
What future is in store for Microsoft?
Discussion: Beyond Search, PalmAddicts and Slashdot
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CES preview: what to expect at the big, not-so-gloomy tech trade show
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Providers Join Broadband Push
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Freemium business model case study: AdultFriendFinder ARPU …
Arn / MacRumors:
Vaja Also Hints at iPhone Nano?
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Server makers get Goooogled
Discussion: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog