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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers attack my iPhone via SMS  —  LAS VEGAS—Researchers have discovered a way to take complete control over an iPhone merely by sending special SMS messages and demonstrated it on my iPhone at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday.  —  Although an attacker could exploit …
Andrew Brandt / Technologizer:
Your GSM Phone is (Probably) Vulnerable to Malicious Text Messages  —  Virtually all GSM phones (such as Apple's iPhone) and GSM wireless operators (such as AT&T and T-Mobile) on the planet appear to be vulnerable to attacks using specially crafted SMS text messages discovered by security researchers Zane Lackey and Luis Miras.
Dwight /
Calm down: It's not doomsday for your iPhone  —  When the word came down Wednesday that researchers were planning to demonstrate how an iPhone could be remotely controlled by sending it a series of text messages, you'd think the world had ended.  —  The story, which broke on Forbes's Web site …
The Official Google Blog:
I now pronounce you monetized: a YouTube video case study  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  Last week the world watched in wonder as Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party transformed a familiar and predictable tradition into something spontaneous and just flat-out fun.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple going to CES 2010.  Reality: Nope.  —  This week Gary Shapiro, chief exec of of the CEA (the trade group which puts on CES, and, full disclosure, for which I sometimes consult) held a private dinner with journalists in San Francisco.  According to Dow Jones / WSJ reporter Ben Charny …
Chris Nuttall /
What the CEA really said about Steve Jobs  —  The Applesphere has been abuzz this morning about the possibility of Steve Jobs giving a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.  —  This emanates from a Wall Street Journal report of a dinner hosted by Gary Shapiro …
Ben Charny / Digits:
Will Apple CEO Headline CES '10?
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Showing Our Thanks to Windows 7 Beta Testers....  Last week, I blogged that members of the Windows Technical Beta Program would not be receiving a complimentary copy of Windows 7.  Normally I hate to be wrong but in this case, I'm stoked that I am.  —  To show our appreciation …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Windows 7 for free
Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
Bartz and Ballmer on the Yahoo/Microsoft search pact  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pose for the cameras after doing a search deal.  Image: Yahoo  —  Soon after Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) announced their search deal on July 29, I spoke with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz …
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Today's News and Yahoo!'s Developer Program
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Take Back the Beep Campaign  —  [UPDATE: T-Mobile deleted hundreds of complaints on this topic from its forum, and even blocked any new messages containing the word “beep.”  Finally, it has created a new forum just for complaints on this topic, linked below.]
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
Virtual worlds are getting a second life  —  We haven't heard much recently about so-called virtual worlds such as Second Life, in which you move around with your own avatar.  Critics must be hoping they have disappeared up their own ether.  Actually, they are booming.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Ordered To Close In The Netherlands  —  In an Amsterdam court last week, BREIN's lawyer argued that The Pirate Bay is responsible for millions of copyright infringements every day, and that the site should therefore be blocked to visitors from The Netherlands.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Developers beware: Apple undermines my6sense app launch  —  Developing apps for the iPhone can be a profitable business, but Apple's review and approval process is still a black box.  Apple's intractable system can foil an app's launch, as happened today for Israeli company my6sense.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
My6Sense puts smart RSS reading in your pocket
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Newsgator Shuts Down Its Online Feed Reader  —  NewsGator, the company behind the popular FeedDemon and NetNewsWire feed readers, just announced that it will shut down the NewsGator Online Reader on August 31, 2009.  The company will provide users with instructions on how to migrate to Google Reader.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Motorola Sholes Android phone headed for Verizon?  —  On the lookout for the Motorola / Android / Verizon trifecta, we dug up some handset renders over at that seem to fit the bill quite well, thank you.  According to the site, “Sholes” is a 3.7-inch (480 x 854) …
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
What's to become of Microsoft's answer to the iPod?  —  The Zune faces steep sales declines, low market share ahead of update  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp.'s quarterly earnings report last week featured a number of grim statistics, including a relatively overlooked …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Finally Discontinues Shake?  [Updated]  —  Alongside today's introduction of updated Time Capsule models, Apple appears to have finally discontinued Shake, its long-standing high-end digital compositing and visual effects software package.  While Shake's product pages remain available on Apple's site …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T sees big increase in Wi-Fi connections following iPhone 3.0  —  AT&T saw nearly 15 million users connect to its Wi-Fi network last quarter — a 41 percent increase over the previous quarter — thanks, in part, to the release of iPhone 3.0, which allowed auto-authentication on the wireless carrier's 20,000 hotspots.
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Security experts mock Mac security  —  You can't protect your computer with spin  —  FOR AGES Apple has been peddling its Macs as being more secure than PCs simply because hackers could not be bothered targeting them.  —  However according to MSNBC the recent Black Hat security conference …
Discussion: Reuters and Techgeist
Steve Ragan / The Tech Herald Technology News:
Breaking: McAfee will acquire MX Logic for $140 million  —  Late this afternoon, McAfee released details of their plan to acquire Cloud-based email and Web security services vendor MX Logic for $140 million in cash.  The plan also includes an additional $30 million in cash if various performance targets are met.
Discussion: eWeek
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
3jam: Google Voice may have some competition  —  3jam offers a bundle of phone-related services, all connected to a virtual number.  It's like Google Voice, but it does a few neat tricks that Google Voice doesn't.  Incoming calls can ring simultaneously on your phone, IM or Skype.
Jeremy Mullman / AdAge:
Southern Comfort Pours Entire Media Budget Into Digital  —  Move Allows Brand to Buy Popular Network Shows Online Instead of Overcrowded Cable Fare  —  CHICAGO ( — Brown-Forman's Southern Comfort brand — weary of jostling for notice with other spirits brands during …
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay Building Software to Replace Skype Technology  —  EBay Inc. is building new software to run its Skype Internet-calling service, a bid to sidestep a licensing dispute with Skype's founders, who have threatened to take back the underlying technology.  —  The new software will be expensive …
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Film Company Blowtorch Burned By Hedge Fund Flame-Out  —  (The following was originally published in VentureWire, a daily publication covering start-ups and venture capital that, like this blog, is owned by Dow Jones & Co.)  —  Blowtorch Entertainment Corp., the start-up that gathered $50 million …
Discussion: TechFlash and paidContent
Mconnor / Mozilla Labs:
Weave 0.5 Released  —  Weave Sync is a prototype that encrypts and securely synchronizes the Firefox experience across multiple browsers, so that your desktop, laptop and mobile phone can all work together.  It is part of the Weave project, which aims to integrate services more closely with the browser.
Neil McAllister / Neil McAllister's blog:
How Wolfram Alpha could change software  —  The upstart “computational knowledge engine” claims its results are original works, raising important questions about software and intellectual property  —  Don't call Wolfram Alpha a search engine.  Billed by its creators at Wolfram Research as a …
Discussion: Wolfram and WebProNews
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