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11:05 AM ET, September 3, 2009

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Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Apple ships a known vulnerable version of Flash with Snow Leopard  —  The last thing you expect when you upgrade your operating system, is that you will have some of your security silently downgraded.  —  But that's precisely what seems to have happened with Mac OS X Snow Leopard …
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David Lenoe / PSIRT:
Flash Player update and Snow Leopard  —  The initial release of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) includes an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player than what is available from Adobe.com.  We recommend all users update to the latest, most secure version of Flash Player (10.0.32.18) …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Do minor UI changes mean Snow Leopard is tablet-ready?  —  Among Snow Leopard's many refinements are some changes to how Mac OS X displays windows in Exposé—with a regular grid arrangement—and Stacks, which are much easier to scroll through when they become large enough.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Apple's Snow Leopard is inexpensive - but not cheap  —  Major overhaul has delightful tweaks  —  Here are two words you rarely see in the same sentence: Apple and cheap.  —  You'll generally pay twice as much for one of Apple Inc.'s Macintosh computers than you would for a Windows-based PC of equivalent power.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Customers Angered as iPhones Overload AT&T  —  Slim and sleek as it is, the iPhone is really the Hummer of cellphones.  —  It's a data guzzler.  Owners use them like minicomputers, which they are, and use them a lot.  Not only do iPhone owners download applications, stream music and videos …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How the iPhone Is Driving a Wireless Bandwidth Boom
Discussion: Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Endless Summer: AT&T Has Three Weeks To Fulfill Its MMS Promise
Discussion: DSLreports and The iPhone Blog
Kent German / CNET News:
Sprint announces Android HTC Hero  —  Just a few days after we caught a few glimpses of a Sprint HTC Hero, the carrier surprised absolutely no one by finally announcing that it would carry the smartphone beginning October 11.  Sprint's first Google Android phone will be avaialble for $179 …
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Wall Street Journal:
YouTube in Talks to Stream Rental Movies  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is in discussions with major movie studios about allowing users to stream movies on a rental basis, according to people familiar with the company's plans, marking one of the video giant's first moves towards charging …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
RSS Is Dead, So Is The RSS Fund  —  Three months ago, Steve Gillmor wrote that “it's time to get completely off RSS and switch to Twitter.”  Sam Diaz piled on last week, calling RSS a Web 1.0 application whose time has passed.  And things got even worse today, when news leaked …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Sony's Walkman Outsells Apple's IPod for First Time in Four Years in Japan  —  Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp.'s Walkman digital music player outsold Apple Inc.'s iPod in Japan last week for the first time in more than 4 years, according to researcher BCN Inc.
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Agence France Presse:
Walkman outsells iPod in Japan: survey
Discussion: Electronista
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft calling on thousands to host their own Windows 7 parties  —  Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout — launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Is How You Steal 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods In 31 Seconds  —  Quick: How can you get 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods in 31 seconds, for free?  Tip: According to this security video, you need four friends, a brick, and a visit to the Apple Store in Marlton, NJ.
McKinsey Quarterly:
How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0: McKinsey Global Survey Results  —  The heaviest users of Web 2.0 applications are also enjoying benefits such as increased knowledge sharing and more effective marketing.  These benefits often have a measurable effect on the business.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Pre Sales To Whiff Targets?  —  Is the Palm (PALM) Pre a bust?  —  Town Hall Investment Research analyst David Eller asserted in a research note this morning that sales of the Pre “are continuing to slow,” and “likely will come in dramatically below” Sprint's (S) reputed target of 1 million to 1.5 million customers for the year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Oh, RSS Is Definitely Dead Now: Feedburner CEO Dick Costolo To Become Twitter COO  —  Former Google exec and the cofounder/CEO of RSS service Feedburner Dick Costolo is Twitter's new chief operating officer, we've heard from multiple sources.  Costolo, who sold Feedburner to Google for $100 million in 2007, left Google in July.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   FeedBurner Is Google's Biggest Screw-Up To Date
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung X Series thin-and-lights sport dual-core CULV procs, 9 hour battery life  —  Samsung just debuted its new X Series line, a trio of fairly thin big brothers to the new netbooks Samsung is also launching today.  The X420 (14-inch), X520 (14.6-inch) and X120 (11.6-inch, pictured) …
Discussion: The Toybox and CrunchGear
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Samsung X3 ultrathin notebook offers 9-hour battery
Discussion: Samsung Hub
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Facebook Wants Mobile Friends  —  The social-networking site is hungry for viral growth in the app world.  —  STUTTGART — Mobile applications are hot right now, particularly since Apple's iPhone showed you could make money off them.  And although some companies might be thrilled with getting …
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VentureBeat:   Facebook Connect expands beyond iPhone to mobile web
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU opens in-depth probe into Oracle, Sun deal  —  * EU Commission cites concerns over database market  —  * Deadline of Jan. 19, 2010 for Commission decision  —  * Lawyer: too early to say whether probe is bad news for deal  —  European Union antitrust regulators launched an in-depth probe …
Discussion: Inquirer and New York Times
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Paul Meller / InfoWorld:
EC opens deeper probe of Oracle-Sun merger
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and The Register
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple to offer ready-made ringtones  —  Apple has obtained the rights to offer ready-made ringtones for the iPhone and managers are trying to have them available in time for next week's press conference, music industry sources told CNET News.  —  Owners of Apple's iPhone have long had the ability …
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and MacNN
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Want 5,000 More Facebook Friends?  That'll Be $654.30  —  USocial Will Sell You Followers and Friends  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — If you're a Gmail user who also happens to use Twitter, it's probably been about five minutes since you've seen an ad promising to boost your follower count.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who Invested How Much to Buy Skype  —  Earlier this week, a group of investors led by Silverlake Partners, a Silicon Valley-based private equity group, acquired 65 percent ownership in Internet telephony company Skype for about $1.9 billion in cash and $125 million in debt.
Discussion: Skype Journal, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Watching TV while surfing the Internet?  You're not alone  —  Americans are notorious multitaskers in the workplace, but the latest report out of Nielsen (PDF) shows that we're increasingly multitasking when it comes to media consumption as well.  The amount of time spent watching TV …
Erin Pettigrew / Gawker Advertising:
Then and Now, Seven Years of Blogging as Business  —  When Nick Denton launched the proto gadget blog Gizmodo in August 2002, it arrived on scene to a milieu of early web confusion.  Until then, blogs were low traffic outlets for personal thought-flinging to be visited by friends …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Is Growing 80 Percent A Year, While Citysearch Remains Flat  —  Say what you will about the quality of the reviews on Yelp or the lengths it will go to get verboten features into its iPhone app, it has made the jump from Web 2.0 darling to a mainstream service.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech launches Squeezebox Touch, but the design disappoints  —  Logitech is adding a touch-screen model to its line of Squeezebox streaming audio products.  Unfortunately, the upcoming Squeezebox Touch has a design flaw (in my opinion) that will likely relegate it to the periphery of the burgeoning home digital audio market.
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
 
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Cisco, EMC Weigh Tech-Services Venture
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Trader Daily
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
T-Mobile introduces first pay-as-you-go Android smartphone, dubbed Pulse
Samzenpus / Slashdot:
Coders At Work  —  “Aside from authoring narrowly focused …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Real-time search engine CrowdEye revamps results, adds personalized news
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Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Samsung brings Windows 7 to netbooks
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Review: Duracell Instant Chargers Are...Pretty Perfect?
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Khosla Ventures's Take on Tech
Jason F. / Signal vs. Noise:
The bar for success in our industry is too low
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and @vanelsas, Thanks:javurek
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Taking The Plunge: How Newspaper Sites That Charge Are Faring
Discussion: Bend Bulletin