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1:50 PM ET, December 30, 2008

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MD5 considered harmful today  —  Creating a rogue CA certificate  —  Jacob Appelbaum, Arjen Lenstra, David Molnar, Dag Arne Osvik, Benne de Weger  —  We have identified a vulnerability in the Internet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) used to issue digital certificates for secure websites.
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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 …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Researchers Show How to Forge Site Certificates
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
SSL broken! Hackers create rogue CA certificate using MD5 collisions
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.
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, Destructoid and GoNintendo
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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 …
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The future of wireless is Down Under  —  Tech Daily: Australian telco Telstra spawns innovation with its ultrafast wireless network.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Move over, Korea and Japan.  Australia may soon be the envy of the world when it comes to advanced wireless networks and services.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
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APC:
Apple prepping a quad-core MacBook Pro? … Apple's mid-October refresh of its notebook line left a curious gap at the top end of the card, with the 17 inch MacBook Pro missing the make-over of its 15 inch cousin and the 13.3 inch MacBook.  —  That could be about to change next week …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg's Ad-Targeting Improves  —  Bearing witness to social news site Digg's sad 2008 revenues — about $6.4 million on 30 million monthly uniques — we complained that one of the site's biggest problems was its ad-selling partner Microsoft's poor ad-targeting.
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.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
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 and PR 2.0
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AT&T's YellowPages Paid $3.85 Million In Cash For YP.com  —  AT&T's YellowPages subsidiary purchased the two-letter domain name YP.com (now redirects to yellowpages.com) last month from the company LiveDeal (formerly YP Corp.).  —  A SEC filing has now revealed that YellowPages acquired …
Discussion: Webware.com, EDGAR Online and Pulse2
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 …
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 …
Michael Thompson / Ars Technica:
Downloading your games?  Get ready for extra fees  —  The business of selling games has rapidly changed over the past few years, mainly because online services have allowed developers to bypass the middleman that is retail stores.  There are major advantages to purchasing a game via digital distribution …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Piper sees dull Macworld, new form factor iPhone by spring
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: Macs Ready For New Year's ‘Leap Second’ (AAPL)
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Dan Zarrella:
How ReTweets Spread: The Epidemiology of Viral Messaging on Twitter
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Google using Gmail to convert IE users to Firefox, Chrome (Updated)
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Magnetic Mount iPhone Lenses
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Acer launches bargain quad-core notebook
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Phishing with Google Calendar
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Daniel Lyons / Washington Post:
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