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10:10 AM ET, February 20, 2009

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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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Adobe warns of critical security flaw, exploit making rounds  —  Attackers are making the rounds and exploiting a critical security flaw in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9, Adobe Systems warned Thursday.  —  Earlier versions of the software are also affected by the critical security flaws …
InfoWorld:   Adobe flaw heightens risk of encountering malicious PDFs
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New in-the-wild attack targets fully-patched Adobe Reader
Discussion: Insecure Web
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: Gizmodo, Tech Ticker, Gearlog and MacBlogz
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked Photo of the Next-Generation Mac Mini?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Most. Boring. Apple. Rumor. Ever.
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.
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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
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 …
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
Cyrus Farivar / PC World:
How Will the $7.2 Billion Allotted for Broadband Stimulus Be Spent?  —  Though a number of details are vague, many people in tech and telecom circles hope that the $7.2 billion allotment for broadband in the newly enacted federal economic stimulus package marks the beginning of a nationwide broadband strategy.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   Skepticism arises over rural broadband stimulus
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: CrunchGear, Joystiq and VG247
Michael E. Driscoll / Data Evolution:
How Google and Facebook are using R  —  Last night, I moderated our Bay Area R Users Group kick-off event with a panel discussion entitled “The R and Science of Predictive Analytics”, co-located with the Predictive Analytics World conference here in SF.  —  The panel comprised of four recognized R users from industry:
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.
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.
Paul Meller / PC World:
Skype Calls' Immunity to Police Phone Tapping Threatened  —  Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals …
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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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 5: Peter's “Political Trial”  —  Friday, the fifth day of the trial and Peter Sunde, aka brokep, is being questioned by the Prosecution.  Håkan Roswall started off by asking Peter if he ever had dealings with The Pirate Bay's (TPB) computer systems - Peter said he did, but in a limited fashion.
Discussion: p2pnet
Kablenet / The Register:
Hounslow tries STD test result texts  —  U got clp  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices in SOX compliance  —  NHS Hounslow is using the internet and text messaging to encourage more young people to be screened for chlamydia.  —  The west London primary care trust has launched an online service …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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.
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police  —  Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.
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.
 
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
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Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:factoryjoe
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Amid PR follies, Facebook attempts to humanize
Discussion: Facebook Blog and ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Free Fred Wilson
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog, GMSV and A VC, Thanks:atul
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Windows Empire Strikes Back