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4:30 PM ET, July 23, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
HP buys my company Opsware for more than $1.6 billion in cash  —  In September 1999, at the height of the dot com boom, a small group of colleagues and I started a new company, Loudcloud, based on the idea that the huge Internet infrastructure buildout then underway — by startups and big companies alike …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP takes out Opsware for $1.6 billion; Andreessen scores  —  Hewlett-Packard on Monday beefed up its data center software business with a $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware.  —  Opsware makes automation software that puts many data center operations on autopilot.
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Agrees to Acquire Opsware for $1.65 Billion  —  PC Giant Also Reaches Deal for Neoware  —  Hewlett-Packard Inc. agreed to acquire software company Opsware Inc. for $1.65 billion as the computer and printer giant looks to bolster its offerings for corporate customers.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and TechBlog
Business Wire:
HP to Acquire Opsware Inc.  —  Acquisition Positions HP to Become a Leader in High-Growth Data Center Automation Software Market  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Opsware Inc. (Nasdaq:OPSW …
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP bids $1.6bn on Opsware, $214m on Neoware  —  What did you buy today?  A latte?  That's cute  —  Deep in the bowels of Hewlett-Packard's financial department, the person in charge of the company's checkbook has writer's cramp.  The hardware maker has announced today the proposed purchase of not one, but two companies.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
HP opens wallet for software business
Discussion: Inquirer
Business Wire:   HP Strengthens Thin Client Computing Offering With Acquisition of Neoware Inc.
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Search Engines Take Privacy Issue Seriously  —  After Google's announcement that it will anonymize search data logs on its servers after 18 months of inactivity and Ask.com will allow users to scrub off their data, it is now Microsoft and Yahoo's turn to take on the user privacy issue hauled …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Privacy Options for its Search Engine
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:   Search privacy gets hot: Microsoft and Ask.com tag-team
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Making Things Better: 1.90 PS3 Firmware Update Hits Japan  —  1.90 PS3 Firmware Update Hits Japan  —  The 1.90 Firmware update just hit Japanese PS3s.  Let's dive in and see what the update entails:  —  • Ability to rearrange games on the XMB  —  • Option menu now includes "eject disk"
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Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Firmware 1.90 Coming Soon
Discussion: Game | Life, Joystiq and Engadget HD
John Schwartz / New York Times:
IPhone Flaw Lets Hackers Take Over, Security Firm Says  —  A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple's wildly popular iPhone that allows them to take control of the device.  —  The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators …
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BBC:   Apple iPhone issue highlights security debate
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
XM and Sirius unveil plans for postmerger price drops  —  update If the proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio goes through, the combined company plans to offer packages of channels at reduced rates, including a 50-channel offering that's almost half the price of today's lowest-price option.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   XM, Sirius pledge "kinda la carte" support, get Cardinal's endorsement
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
TomTom To Purchase Tele Atlas  —  Exciting news?  Not really, but it could mean improved service and better products with TomTom's announcement to buy map-provider Tele Atlas.  TomTom is rumored to have purchased the company for $2.5 billion.  Sure it's a lot of money, but think about what you're getting with that deal.
Discussion: The Register
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Niclas Mika / Reuters:
TomTom to buy map supplier Tele Atlas
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Podcasters Unite to Figure Out a Role for Ads  —  The term "podcasting" has perplexed consumers ever since it was introduced.  —  Confusion has reigned on the business side of podcasts, too.  —  Few consumers will pay to receive podcasts — audio files that exist on the Web, and can be automatically sent to a person's computer.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
A Call for More Innovation in Voice Services:  —  I have a challenge for innovative disruptors with regards to the voice applications industry, a "homework assignment."  —  On Friday I attended and spoke at IPTComm 2007, an event organized by Henning Schulzrinne and Greg Bond.
Harrison Hoffman / Webware.com:
YOUTUBE USERS TAKE ON THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES  —  The questions in presidential debates have traditionally been determined by whatever media outlet happened to be running the show.  CNN and YouTube are looking to change that tonight.  As you may know, YouTube is working …
Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
Microsoft 'Gatineau' sneak peek  —  So, some screenshots of the interface for beta 1 of our web analytics product (codenamed 'Gatineau') have slipped out onto the web, courtesy of Dave Naylor.  Dave attended our adChamps briefing in London a couple of weeks ago where he saw a demo of the software …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Culture matters: Why i-mode failed  —  Top execs get blinded by shiny technology too  —  Opinion M-commerce service i-mode has been dropped by UK operator O2 and Australia's Telstra.  —  So how did a service, which promised to bring mobile commerce to everyone, and which raked …
 
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Dick Durbin / Open Left:
What should be America's national broadband strategy?
Discussion: WebProNews and isen.blog
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Canonical Launches Web-Based Systems Management for Ubuntu
Discussion: Ars Technica
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
New York senator aims to ban texting while driving
Discussion: Macsimum News
Brad Stone / New York Times:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
High School Sports Community Takkle Receives Additional Funding
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and Mashable!
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Helios H2000 Upscaling DVD Player: 1080i, Works With XviD
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Changes In Vista Service Pack 1
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
NBC: Peer-to-peer costs corn farmers money
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Crossing Out, for Emphasis
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
AT&T Video Share Service Now Live
Discussion: dslreports.com and Inquirer
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Two notebooks approved for Wireless USB
Steve Silberman / Wired News:
Inside the High-Tech Hunt for a Missing Silicon Valley Legend
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