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11:40 PM ET, July 22, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google In Final Negotiations To Acquire Digg For “Around $200 Million”  —  Google's on and off negotiations with Digg have been back on in a big way for the last six weeks, we've heard from multiple sources inside of Google, and the two companies are close to a deal that will bring Digg under the Google News property.
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Third Time The Charm? Google Reportedly Buying Digg, Again (GOOG)
Discussion: The Inquisitr and WinBeta
Chad Dickerson:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it's best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch).  I'm leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO.  I'll save my thoughts on Etsy for later …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chad Dickerson To Leave Yahoo For Etsy  —  Chad Dickerson, a long time Yahoo exec and the head of their Brickhouse special projects group, is leaving the company to become the CTO of Etsy, a a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items.  Mike Folgner, the former GM of Yahoo Video …
Discussion: Valleywag and WebProNews
Fred / A VC:   Transitions  —  The word transition is so loaded that I hate to use it.
The Storque:
Etsy Announcement: New Roles at Etsy Inc.
louisgray.com:
Bloggers' Interactions With Readers Decrease With Prominence  —  Guest post by Hutch Carpenter of I'm Not Actually a Geek (FriendFeed/Twitter).  —  I had an interesting discussion with Robert Seidman on FriendFeed about whether bloggers need to actually interact with their readers.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The Real Issue About Steve's Health  —  After the earnings call last night I talked with a source who is close to Apple and who who has in the past proven very well informed on the concerns of Apple senior management.  This source told me with near-certainty that Jobs' cancer has not returned.
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MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’  —  Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!  —  So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion: … MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor.
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Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Walking Directions Now Live  —  Earlier this month, I reported that Google Maps was testing walking directions on a small subset of users.  This morning, I noticed that Google Maps now is offering walking directions for all Google Maps users.  —  For example, conduct a search …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Acquires jkOnTheRun  —  In the life of every company, there comes a time when it is faced with the choice of how to extend its reach: Either build a new product or service, or acquire the one that's already established itself as the best in its class.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog - One Less Independent Blog In The World  —  Blogging network GigaOm will announce the acquisition of the small but excellent mobile-focused blog jkOnTheRun this evening.  Founders James Kendrick and Kevin Tofel will remain in Houston and continue doing their thing.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
VMWare looks ahead at Microsoft, year-end financials and morale  —  updated: VMWare, whose recent headlines have included an ousted CEO and a re-pricing of its employee stock options, reported second-quarter earnings of $92 million, or 23 cents per share, up from $52 million, or 16 cents per share, for the same quarter a year ago.
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InfoWorld:
VMware to offer low-footprint ESX hypervisor free
Discussion: eWeek
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo earnings decline, miss estimates  —  Yahoo's earnings for its second quarter came in 1 cent lower than expectations, with net income declining 19 percent and revenue a bit light as well, but the company called the quarter “strong.”  —  Using generally accepted accounting principles …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Some Facebook Apps Are Actually More Equal Than Others  —  Tomorrow, when it rolls out its new platform, one of the more interesting pieces of news from Facebook will be its initiative to dub certain of its third-party app developers more special than others.
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
What Will We Do When Growth is No Longer the “In Thing” Anymore?  (Web Startups)  —  I was reading Scoble's post and another post in Hank Williams' blog, both of which touch (in different ways) on what's happening in the world of technology startups.  Scoble focuses on the shift in talking …
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:   The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open Data Foundation  —  Tomorrow, David Recordon will announce the Open Data Foundation at OSCON.  —  As a co-founder of the DataPortability project, I'd like to be the first to welcome the Open Data Foundation to the conversation that was crystallized by the project early this year.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and TechCrunch
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
How I Spent My Weekend  —  Proxy fights are very expensive and time-consuming.  Unlike political elections, where change is often seen, it is unfortunately extremely difficult to take control of a company.  By the end of last week, I realized that although many large shareholders supported …
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules  —  New Features  —  The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo.  Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps …
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Exec: We're Selling Ads Against ‘Less Than 3%’ Of Our Videos
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Reel Pop
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
After staunch resistance, NAT may come to IPv6 after all
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sugar Inc Breaks Up With NBC, Brings Ad Sales In House
Discussion: paidContent.org
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
ESPN Rolls Out New Search Platform This Week; Foundation Of …
Kevinu / Gamerscore Blog:
Games fo Windows LIVE is now FREE
Discussion: Channel 10 and Engadget
Jon Fortt / Techland:
Tech chiefs ponder the Internet's future
Discussion: CircleID
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Net Censorship Law Struck Down Again
Discussion: DailyTech, Techdirt and Slashdot
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Convicted Spammer Flees Prison
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
ComScore's June US numbers: Facebook still gaining on MySpace …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Chernin On MySpace Effect On News Corp; Hulu International JVs
Tony Smith / The Register:
If your SSD sucks, blame Vista, says SSD vendor
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Mulls The iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
New iPods...new information
Discussion: MacRumors
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Facebook's Sandberg: Growth before monetization
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Some news from the editor's desk
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming …