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9:40 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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Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Agrees to Acquire Opsware for $1.65 Billion
Discussion: TechBlog and StartupSquad.com
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
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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 …
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 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
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 and Zoli's Blog
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Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Vista Use Grows as Mac OS X Stays Flat
Discussion: Macsimum News
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
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: CNET News.com
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Ars at Ubuntu Live: Mark Shuttleworth's keynote
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.
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 …
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.
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 / 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.
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.
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!
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't! …
Forbes:
Class War: MySpace Vs. Facebook
Discussion: digg
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Again Accused Of Crippling Handset Features
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
iPhone vulnerability announced
Rajiv Sud / Inside AdSense:
Can't log in using Firefox?
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TI Reports 2Q07 Financial Results
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo HD DVR is the newest Series3, TiVoToGo coming back
Discussion: TiVo Blog and Engadget HD
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Inventors And Patent Attorneys Sue USPTO Over Supposedly Unqualified Appointment
Discussion: Slashdot
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Rcade / Workbench:
Robert Scoble and the RSS Advisory Board
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Netflix:
NETFLIX MEMBERS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW LOW PRICES
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
New York senator aims to ban texting while driving
Discussion: Macsimum News
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Amp'd Mobile Closing Down July 24
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harry Potter and the Serial Number of Doom
Discussion: digg
Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
Microsoft 'Gatineau' sneak peek
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Making Things Better: 1.90 PS3 Firmware Update Hits Japan
 

 
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