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8:35 AM ET, February 20, 2009

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9 to 5 Mac:
Is the 5 USB Mac Mini a fake?  —  So, one of our readers, Dave - who happens to be an expert at PCB design, has spent some time looking at the Mac Mini image posted today and he believes it is a fake.  There have been many posts around the web on why.  —  Firstly, the dispersion of artifacts isn't consistant with an unedited image:
Discussion: Tech Ticker, Gizmodo, Gearlog and MacBlogz
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked Photo of the Next-Generation Mac Mini?  —  A possible image of the next generation Mac Mini was first posted to a MacRumors forum discussion thread.  The image depicts what could be the next Mac mini.  —  The original leaker also claimed the following specs:  — Intel Core 2 Duo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Most.  Boring.  Apple.  Rumor.  Ever.  —  Weird but true: Writing the guide to judging Apple rumors which I posted last week was both cathartic and disillusioning.  Ultimately, it left me feeling that the best response to about seventy percent of Apple-related gossip is to ignore it …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
Commenting with Facebook Connect  —  Since Facebook Connect launched, we've seen over 6,000 developers make their sites more social using Facebook Connect.  One of the most common features we've seen sites add with Facebook Connect is the ability to allow users to log in with a single click …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launches First Public Connect-Enabled Widget
Discussion: Webware.com
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Test Updates for Windows 7 Beta Users  —  Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to 5 test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update.  These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 boot animation customization will not be supported
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Expect Windows 7 This Year Come Hell Or High Water
Sydney Morning Herald:
Look who leaked U2's new album  —  U2 and, inset, the cover of No Line On The Horizon.  —  Asher Moses  —  Full CD-quality copies of every song on U2's upcoming album, No Line On The Horizon, have been leaked on to the web after Universal Music Australia accidentally put it up for sale on its online music store two weeks early.
Discussion: VentureBeat and A Networked World
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Adobe:
Buffer overflow issue in versions 9.0 and earlier of Adobe Reader and Acrobat  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSA09-01  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability would cause the application to crash …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
New in-the-wild attack targets fully-patched Adobe Reader  —  Locked and loaded  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in SOX compliance  —  Security watchers are warning of a serious unpatched vulnerability in Adobe's Reader program that's actively being exploited to install malware on the PCs of unsuspecting users.
Discussion: Insecure Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Quicken Online Can't Believe Mint Is Doing So Well; Sends Threatening Letter  —  Intuit, the company behind the well-known Quicken suite of money management software that includes Quicken Online, can't believe how well its competitor Mint is doing.  In fact, they were so bewildered …
Discussion: AccMan Pro
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A snow leopard on Live.com is causing some to lose their minds  —  I saw the story once and I thought: Oh, that's kind of funny.  I saw it twice and I thought: Hmm.  I saw it three times and saw it all over Twitter and thought: This is getting ridiculous.  There must be a shortage of stories …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Cable providers eye offering TV shows online: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc are talking with owners of major cable television networks about ways to give cable subscribers online access to much of the networks' programing, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.
CNBC.com:
Sprint Shares Skyrocket 20% on Palm Pre Deal  —  Sprint [PALM Loading...  () ], which also reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday, saw its shares rise leap almost 20 percent to $3.25 Thursday.  —  The person, who asked not to be named, said the exclusivity period …
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Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
CBS Strikes Back at Hulu  —  Is this the start of a Web video war?  —  A day after news broke that Hulu had pulled its video content from CBS Corp.'s TV.com because of “contractual” issues, CBS fought back with a statement declaring its own rights.  —  “CBS Interactive is well within …
Discussion: TechCrunch and TVbytheNumbers, Thanks:atul
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Paid apps finally infiltrating Android Market?  —  We just got a tip that if you're running the latest T-Mobile G1 OS, you'll now see paid applications finally appear in the Android Market.  We're in the process of booting up our G1, so we can't confirm this ourselves, but it sure as heck does seem likely.
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Parents Give Up Facebook for Lent  —  They're a little too old to give up potato chips, Guitar Hero or Red Bull for Lent.  —  But as Christian parents ponder an appropriate sacrifice, they find themselves mulling a choice they'd have once seen as preposterous: A Facebook fast — not for their teens but for themselves.
BBC:
Hackers target Xbox Live players  —  Xbox Live is being targeted by malicious hackers selling services that kick players off the network.  —  The booting services are proving popular with players who want a way to get revenge on those who beat them in an Xbox Live game.
Discussion: VG247
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intuit's chief on economy: Welcome to the ‘new normal’  —  Intuit delivered second quarter results that illustrate that it is recession resistant, but a lot of the game plan revolves around cost cutting and innovating in a downturn.  The rub: Intuit CEO Brad Smith doesn't consider …
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
SAP snags Coghead  —  SAP has acquired the assets of Coghead minus any of its customers following Coghead's demise.  As Rafe Needleman says over at CNet, this paves the way for others to swoop in and sweep up stranded customers although there is some doubt whether this will work.
Blog on Fire:
Fire Eagle Location Streams  —  Introduction  —  User location is interesting, obviously.  As location data becomes increasingly stale, it becomes less interesting and less useful.  It's much more helpful to know where someone is, rather than where they may have been recently.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:factoryjoe
Gamasutra:
EA's Riccitiello: Recession ‘Blessing In Disguise’ That Can Clear Away ‘Junk’  —  Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello says the current economic climate is “a blessing in disguise,” because it will force the industry to rethink stagnant attitudes and methods — and lead to “clearing away” …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Intel Firings Stir Resentment Over Visas for Foreign Workers  —  Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.'s plan to eliminate U.S. workers after lobbying for more foreigner visas is stirring resentment among lawmakers and employees.  —  As many as 5,000 employees are being shown …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
IBM lands 25 teraflop iDataplex cluster in Bluegrass State  —  Louisville slugger  —  Free whitepaper - Utilizing IT to put data to work  —  IBM has signed up another customer for its iDataplex super-dense x64 rack servers, this time landing the University of Louisville in Kentucky …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Jack Dorsey on the Twitter ecosystem, journalism and how to reduce reply spam.  Part II  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.  (Credit: Joi Ito via Flickr)  —  On Wednesday we posted the first half of an interview with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (@jack), in which he talked about the conceptual roots of the site.
Discussion: ReTweet, Twitter Blog and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Arlene Lee / Inside AdSense:
Fontastic new options for your ad units  —  You've been asking for more control over the appearance of the ads on your sites, so we're happy to let you know that you can now change the font face of the text in ad units on pages in Latin-character languages.  You can choose between Arial, Times, and Verdana font faces.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Windows Empire Strikes Back  —  Since Vista's launch, Mac enthusiasts and Microsoft critics have successfully mounted a rebel campaign against the Windows PC.  Apple's brand was resurgent, and Macs were the cooler computers.  Mac sales growth blew away Windows PCs, while Apple computers rapidly gained market share.
 
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Skepticism arises over rural broadband stimulus
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Amid PR follies, Facebook attempts to humanize
Discussion: Facebook Blog and ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
Cara Garretson / Network World:
Security researcher Kaminsky pushes DNS patching
Discussion: CircleID
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
ManiaTV Puts Itself Up for Sale
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
CNN:
Meghan McCain tells GOP to get tech savvy
Kevin Hale / Particletree:
How Not to Pitch to a Startup  —  Several months ago …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The TechCrunch 2008 Year in Review
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 Earlier Items: 
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
New bill would force ISPs to retain user data for two years
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
YouTube looks out for content owners, disables video ripping
James Sherwood / The Register:
Cameraphone with physical shutter spied
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Sun's CEO Claims JavaFX As The Fastest Growing RIA Platform: Completely Untrue
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Single Google Query uses 1000 Machines in 0.2 seconds
Thanks:atul