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8:25 PM ET, July 23, 2007


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Marc Andreessen /
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 …
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
Discussion: TechBlog and
Martin LaMonica / CNET
HP opens wallet for software business
Discussion: Inquirer and Brier Dudley's blog
John Lam / John Lam on Software:
A first look at IronRuby  —  We've been working very hard over the past couple of months to get our first source code release ready.  I'm happy to announce today the first drop of the IronRuby source code.  IronRuby is licensed under very liberal terms as set out by the Microsoft Permissive License.
Discussion: BetaNews and Somasegar's WebLog
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
First Look at IronRuby
Dick Durbin / Open Left:
What should be America's national broadband strategy?  —  (This diary will remain at the top of the page for the next day.  New content will continue to appear below.  For example, check out Mike's piece on Bloggers and Donors, as well as my new piece on Republicans to Blame for World's Major Problems - promoted by Adam Bink)
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.
Anne Broache / CNET
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   XM, Sirius pledge "kinda la carte" support, get Cardinal's endorsement
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
By 2010, will Windows 'Seven' (or any desktop OS) really matter?  —  There's probably no better example of how Microsoft seems to be sweeping left while the rest of the computing world sweeps right than today's edition of ZDNet Tech Update Today (the newsletter that we send out daily to those who've subscribed to it).
Discussion: PC World
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Vista Use Grows as Mac OS X Stays Flat
Discussion: Macsimum News
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Amp'd Mobile Closing Down July 24  —  Amp'd Mobile breaks up with its customers via text message  —  Verizon-serviced mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Amp'd Mobile will be potentially suspending U.S. operations on July 24.  —  A small Q&A link on the Amp'd Mobile homepage details …
Robert Vamosi / CNET
iPhone vulnerability announced  —  Researchers at Independent Security Evaluators have announced at least two exploits that take advantage of the way the Apple iPhone opens a specially crafted Web page in Safari.  Exact details of the vulnerability exploited will have to wait until a presentation …
Harrison Hoffman /
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 …
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.
Troy Unrau / Open Ended:
The unforking of KDE's KHTML and Webkit  —  There is one major web rendering engine that grew entirely out of the open source world: KHTML is KDE's web renderer which was built from the ground up by the open source community with very little original corporate backing.
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and JD on EP
Mark Lucovsky / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
Picture this: Image Search for the AJAX Search API  —  Since its release last year, the Google AJAX Search API has given developers a simple way to add Google Web, Local, Video, Blog, and News search to their websites and web applications.  In February 2007, we extended the system to include Book Search.
Nat Worden /
Price Cuts Bloody Netflix  —  Shares of Netflix (NFLX - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) plunged Monday after the online DVD-rental service cut its prices — a move that signals that rival Blockbuster (BBI - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) may be winning a price war and luring away customers.
PR Newswire:
AT&T Video Share Arrives in Nearly 160 Markets Nationwide  —  First-Ever Service in U.S. Enables Live Video Sharing for Users While on Wireless Voice Call  —  SAN ANTONIO, July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Ever wish you could let friends and family back home see the sights of your vacation while you're enjoying them?
Discussion: The Next Net and Mashable!
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 …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Canonical Launches Web-Based Systems Management for Ubuntu  —  Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced on July 22 at the Ubuntu Live conference in Portland, Ore., the availability of Landscape, its Web-based systems management program for Ubuntu servers and desktops.
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Again Accused Of Crippling Handset Features
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PR Newswire:
TI Reports 2Q07 Financial Results
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo HD DVR is the newest Series3, TiVoToGo coming back
Discussion: TiVo Blog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Robert Scoble and the RSS Advisory Board
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
New York senator aims to ban texting while driving
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harry Potter and the Serial Number of Doom
Discussion: digg
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
TomTom To Purchase Tele Atlas
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
NBC: Peer-to-peer costs corn farmers money
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Making Things Better: 1.90 PS3 Firmware Update Hits Japan
Erica Ogg / CNET
Two notebooks approved for Wireless USB
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Search Engines Take Privacy Issue Seriously