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2:45 PM ET, December 30, 2008

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win.tue.nl:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Piper sees dull Macworld, new form factor iPhone by spring  —  With Apple chief executive Steve Jobs skipping out on this year's Macworld Expo, investment bank Piper Jaffray isn't holding high hopes for new product announcements outside a pair of refreshed Macs, but said in a report Tuesday …
Discussion: TUAW
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs' Health Declining Rapidly, Reason for MacWorld Cancellation  —  According to a previously reliable source, Apple misrepresented the reasons behind MacWorld and Jobs' keynote cancellation.  Allegedly, the real cause is his rapidly declining health.  In fact, it may be even worse than we imagined:
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
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Sprint Bolsters Network for New Year's Texting Frenzy  —  Resource Library:  —  Sprint wants to ensure your celebratory New Year's text messages reach their destination, so it is bolstering its wireless networks in key areas like New York's Times Square.  —  When considering …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Your Google Docs May Be Open to Hijacking  —  In July of this year, Google finally gave webmail users a way to make sure that Gmail always used SSL - the protocol that encrypts connections to prevent hijacking.  Through a flip of switch in Gmail's settings, users could rest assured …
Robert X. Cringely / PC World:
Apple's Holiday Headache  —  Apple fans weren't so jolly when the iTunes servers went down on Christmas morning — and stayed down for several days.  —  Recommends  —  It seems Apple fanboys and fangirls who found an iPod Touch under the tree this year also got a big hunk of coal from Jolly Old St. Steve.
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: Macs Ready For New Year's ‘Leap Second’ (AAPL)
Discussion: Macworld and Agence France Presse
Dan Zarrella:
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Acer launches bargain quad-core notebook
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Phishing with Google Calendar
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Andrew Jack / Financial Times:
The woman who built the Gates foundation
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Wins an Award It Didn't Give Itself: Tops in Customer Satisfaction
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Daniel Lyons / Washington Post:
The iPhone's Golden Touch
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Arn / MacRumors:
Vaja Also Hints at iPhone Nano?