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10:40 AM ET, July 23, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft and Ask.com Call on Industry to Join Together to Evolve Privacy Protections for Consumers  —  Companies announce commitment to develop privacy principles that will enhance protections and provide more control for consumers.  —  Building on their respective efforts to protect consumer privacy …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Privacy Is The New Black  —  After a week where Ask launched AskEraser, a product that allows users to erase their search history, and Google announced a reduction in retained data time from 2038 to 18 months, more privacy initiatives are on their way.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Privacy Options for its Search Engine  —  There's nothing like a little regulatory scrutiny to get Internet companies talking about privacy.  Even if some of their words ring somewhat hollow.  —  The FTC, Congress and the EU are all investigating Google's proposed acquisition …
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 …
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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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researchers claim first iPhone vulnerability; exploit steals data, operates phone  —  Apple has until Aug. 2 to patch; after that, details go public at Black Hat  —  Three security researchers claimed Sunday that they have found the first exploitable vulnerability in Apple Inc.'s iPhone …
BBC:
Apple iPhone issue highlights security debate  —  What counts as private has to change if we're to get the most out the network, argues Bill Thompson.  —  The long-term viability of the iPhone is unlikely to be seriously damaged by reports of a serious security vulnerability that allows hackers to take over the device.
Reuters:
Apple's iPhone vulnerable to hackers: report
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
HP to spend $1.6 billion on software firm Opsware  —  Hewlett-Packard said on Monday it will buy Opsware for $1.6 billion in cash to bulk up HP's data-center software line.  —  Opsware, co-founded by Web entrepreneur Marc Andreessen, makes software for automating data center administration tasks …
Discussion: Inquirer
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
SunRocket Leaves Void for Callers on Internet  —  Waiting for an important phone call can be stressful.  As Marshel Emery can attest, it is doubly so when your phone company has just ceased to exist.  —  Mr. Emery, 33, low on funds and with three children to support, recently applied …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   What about the people?  —  Sometime later today …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Top social networks for engagement - some suprises!  —  Earlier today Om reported that Hi5 has raised $20m from Mohr Davidow.  As Techcrunch points out, Hi5 is ranked by Alexa as 11th globally, higher than Facebook.  Mashable notes that Hi5 claims 30 million members and 200 million pageviews/day …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Latest unpopular Facebook move is apparently a glitch  —  If anyone's added you as a friend on Facebook recently, you may notice something different: previously, upon confirming a friend request, you were redirected to a separate page that asked you to check a few boxes and fill out a text field …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Fred / A VC:
What Happened To "Skip This Step"?
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
AT&T Video Share Service Now Live  —  You'll be able to stream bitchin' videos like this while on the phone with your buddies  —  If you're an AT&T user and are lucky enough to live in one of the 160 selected markets chosen as a test ground, you'll find you can now use AT&T's new video share service.
Discussion: Inquirer
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 …
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Using Images For Local SEO  —  Google's recent deployment of Universal Search resulted in the inclusion of content drawn in from their other search verticals into the main web search results.  As this integration trend continues, and as Google further expands upon the 200+ signals they use for ranking …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Steve Silberman / Wired News:
Inside the High-Tech Hunt for a Missing Silicon Valley Legend  —  It looked like a fine day for a sail.  On Sunday, January 28, 2007, Microsoft researcher Jim Gray woke up on his boat, a red 40-foot fiberglass cruiser called Tenacious.  The water in Gashouse Cove, a cozy marina in San Francisco Bay, was nearly flat.
Discussion: Gadgetopia
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Two notebooks approved for Wireless USB
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Network Chemistry to focus on IT search for devices
Discussion: Open Source
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Sooooo, I Bought A New Phone This Week
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Switching from Windows to Mac: The ROI case
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Pageflakes, Netvibes Take on Social Networks: What Chance Do They Have?
Paul Graham:
The Equity Equation  —  An investor wants to give you money …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Scratch makes programming like playing with LEGO bricks
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VisualSize To Give Accurate 3D Measurements From Photos
Louise Story / New York Times:
Barbie Gets Another Accessory: An MP3 Player and More Stuff on Her Web Site
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
'$100 laptop' production begins
Discussion: The Register, TeleRead and Engadget
Computerworld:
Vista use grows as Mac OS X stays flat
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups
Discussion: digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Feedburner bad for us?
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Read/WriteWeb's New Comments Feature: SezWho
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