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6:30 PM ET, July 23, 2008

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Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog:
Knol is open to everyone  —  A few months ago we announced that we were testing a new product called Knol.  Knols are authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects.  Today, we're making Knol available to everyone.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Knol Launches: Like Wikipedia, With Moderation  —  After six months of testing, Google has formally rolled out Knol, a service designed to let people create pages of knowledge on any topic they choose.  While Google says Knol is not designed to compete with Wikipedia …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Knol, The Monetizable Wikipedia  —  Today Google has launched Knol, its Wikipedia alternative that holds authors accountable for the articles they write.  Each article is created by a team of authors who receive attribution, and are allowed to take part in a rev-share for AdSense ads on their page.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces “Great Apps” and “App Verification” Certification Programs for Good App Developers  —  As speculated earlier this week, Facebook is announcing two new programs today that will give greater visibility within the News Feed and possibly other communication channels for applications that …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging the Facebook Developer Conference  —  The TechCrunch team is on site at the Facebook Developer conference, and we'll be live blogging the news.  Mark Zuckerberg's Keynote starts at 1:30 pm PST.  —  David Glazer (Director of Engineering, Friend Connect) is here in the audience …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Facebook Day!  Say Hello To The Three Tier App System  —  Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco.  Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings.
Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Expands Power of Platform Across the Web and Around the World
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Connect Launches with 24 Partners Including Digg and Six Apart
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:   LIVE: F8 Keynote: Our Way Or The Highway
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Meetup - The Original Web Meets World Company  —  Something is changing on the web.  We have lost some of the giddy enthusiasm that has surrounded the web since 2004.  It was then that Tim O'Reilly defined Web 2.0 as a platform that leveraged collective intelligence.
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Fred / A VC:
Our Newest Portfolio Company: Meetup  —  My partner Brad starts his post on our newest investment, Meetup, with a rumination on what's causing the introspection that we in web investing land are going through.  And he ends his thoughts on that topic with the following:
SmoothSpan Blog:   The Advertising-Based Web 2.0 World is Losing Its Anti-Gravity Ray Too
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple  —  OSCON Billionaire, cosmonaut and founder of the fast-growing Ubuntu Linux distro Mark Shuttleworth dreams impossible dreams.  —  No, not a return to the stars.  He believes in something that's far harder for mortal open source engineers to achieve.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Shuttleworth: Make Desktop Linux Better than Apple  —  Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, calls on Linux developers to make the presentation layer of desktop Linux applications even more attractive to users than Apple's Mac OS.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Kickstart 8220 Hands-On Hardware Review  —  The Web's First Review of the BlackBerry KickStart 8220.  —  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax!  It's time for another hands-on review of a yet to be officially announced or released BlackBerry smartphone.
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 41% to $4.06 Billion; Sales Growth Accelerates to 31% in Media and to 58% in Electronics and Other General Merchandise  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
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Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Column: A Silver Lining for Web TV  —  The thing I love about research reports is that there's a new one every week.  And this week's installment is of the shiny, happy variety.  (That's a change of pace because I know many of you said you were ready to retire after the bleak Lehman Brothers report from earlier this month.)
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Report: Video Ad Rates Pretty High, Going Higher
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Phone Giants Fight to Keep Subscribers  —  With millions of people snapping up the iPhone, AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the popular phone, should be quite pleased with the stream of revenue it can expect from customers.  —  But AT&T, the biggest telecommunications company in the United States …
Discussion: eWeek, CrunchGear and Digital Daily
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Reaches Tentative Deal To Approve XM-Sirius Merger  —  WASHINGTON - A tentative deal has been reached by a majority of commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission to approve the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., a FCC source close to the review said Wednesday.
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF. tech stays jailed; prosecutors say he rigged network to implode  —  (07-23) 12:09 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A judge refused today to lower the $5 million bail for a San Francisco computer engineer accused of hijacking the city's network, after prosecutors said he had rigged the system to melt down during routine maintenance.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble in Online Travel: American Airlines Ditches Kayak (Maybe Orbitz Too)
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Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Neil Young takes on the iPod
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Keeps Growing - Still Far Behind MySpace in US
Discussion: CNET News.com and BBC
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Derek Slater / Google Public Policy Blog:
What if you could own your Internet connection?
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
University of Michigan:
Security flaws in online banking sites found to be widespread
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's DeWolfe Says New Music Joint Venture to Launch in September
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft releases new Outlook Connector with Windows Live Calendar …
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Twitter v Google, Wikipedia, Digg & Yelp
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Mac version of Microsoft's Live Mesh previewed
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Perl on App Engine
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Researcher Seeks to Combine Semantic Search Methods
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
The Unlikely Integration Between Google News and Digg
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple may be moving the MacBook to sub-$1000 territory
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo can't fight off patent metroids, faces injunction
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Call the Cable Guy. Again.
 

 
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