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6:05 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: TechBlog and StartupSquad.com
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
HP opens wallet for software business
Discussion: Inquirer
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP bids $1.6bn on Opsware, $214m on Neoware
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Nat Worden / TheStreet.com:
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.
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Netflix Announces Q2 2007 Financial Results
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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
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
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.
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.
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)
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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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:   Search privacy gets hot: Microsoft and Ask.com tag-team
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ars at Ubuntu Live: Mark Shuttleworth's keynote  —  The Ubuntu Live conference began yesterday in Portland Oregon with Mark Shuttleworth's keynote presentation.  Shuttleworth, the Ubuntu project's charismatic leader, discussed a wide variety of topics relating to Canonical's business prospects …
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:   Canonical Launches Web-Based Systems Management for Ubuntu
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.
Netflix:
NETFLIX MEMBERS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW LOW PRICES  —  Company Expands Price Reduction Begun Last Month,  —  The number one rated Web site in the world for customer satisfaction just gave people something more to love: lower prices.  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online …
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 …
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Two notebooks approved for Wireless USB  —  It's taken long enough, but they're here: the first computers that can make USB connections sans cables.  —  Dell's Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and T61p models are the first PCs to receive certification for the standard …
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.
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo HD DVR is the newest Series3, TiVoToGo coming back
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Inventors And Patent Attorneys Sue USPTO Over Supposedly Unqualified Appointment
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
New York senator aims to ban texting while driving
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