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11:35 PM ET, July 23, 2007


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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: Zoli's Blog
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Who Needs Microsoft Desktop? Google AND Facebook
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Vista Use Grows as Mac OS X Stays Flat
Discussion: Macsimum News
Matthew Broersma / PC World:
Acer: PC Industry 'Disappointed' with Vista
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.
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
First Look at IronRuby  —  Over the last few years we've been working to make .NET and the CLR a great environment for dynamic languages.  About 14 months ago we formed a dedicated group within my team that has been focused on adding richer CLR runtime support for dynamic languages …
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 …
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)
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.
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
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.
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 …
Class War: MySpace Vs. Facebook  —  A flurry of recent articles have observed that young people are leaving MySpace for Facebook in droves, setting off speculation that MySpace is becoming the latest victim of fickle teens following the hot new thing.  —  Not so, says University of California, Berkeley, researcher Danah Boyd.
Discussion: and digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why Feedburner is trouble, day 2  —  Saturday's post about Feedburner was much-discussed, and that's good.  The most common rebuttal was the user's ability to opt out.  If you don't like it you don't have to use Feedburner.  But that's not any kind of a rebuttal.  Let me illustrate.
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Inventors And Patent Attorneys Sue USPTO Over Supposedly Unqualified Appointment  —  from the good-or-bad?  dept … Nick's analysis is pretty thorough, so there's not much for us to add.  We have no doubt that there have been some bad appointees to the USPTO, but it's not clear this lawsuit …
Discussion: The Trademark Blog and Slashdot
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!
Bancrofts meet to discuss Murdoch bid for Dow Jones  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Members of the Bancroft family, which controls Dow Jones & Co. Inc. (NYSE:DJ - News), may decide by the end of the week whether to accept a $5 billion offer by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (Other OTC:NWSAF.PK - News) for the publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
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SMX Local & Mobile Comes To Denver; Early-Bird Registration Expiring!
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Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Binary America: Split in Two by A Digital Divide
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't! …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Again Accused Of Crippling Handset Features
Robert Vamosi / CNET
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Discussion: WebProNews and Googlified
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Discussion: TiVo Blog
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Robert Scoble and the RSS Advisory Board
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Canonical Launches Web-Based Systems Management for Ubuntu
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET
Mark Lucovsky / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
New York senator aims to ban texting while driving
Discussion: Macsimum News
Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
Microsoft 'Gatineau' sneak peek
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A Call for More Innovation in Voice Services: