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1:10 AM ET, July 24, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Latest Web Stumble: Kevin Johnson Out  —  Kevin Johnson (pictured here), the point person for Microsoft's failed bid to buy Yahoo, is leaving the company to run Juniper Networks.  —  As the president of its Platform and Services Division, the smooth Johnson has been trying …
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Microsoft Announces Reorganization of Windows and Online Services Business  —  Platforms & Services Division to Split Into Two Groups and Report to CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Platforms & Services Division (PSD) will be split into two groups …
Discussion: TechCrunch and LiveSide
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Johnson Heads to Juniper  —  The head of Microsoft Corp.'s online business, who led the company's bid to buy Yahoo Inc., is leaving the software giant to run Juniper Networks Inc., according to people familiar with the situation.  —  The departure of Kevin Johnson …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Full Memo to the Troops About New Reorg
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Kevin Johnson to leave Microsoft for Juniper
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft splits its Platforms & Services unit in two
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Google Throws Open Rival for Wikipedia — Anon Authors Discouraged  —  Google announced on its official blog Wednesday the debut of Knol, a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia penned by authoritative sources.  —  Udi Manber loves cartoons.  Not animations, but the single-panel graphics that appear in magazines like The New Yorker.
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.  —  Facebook's press release is here.  —  Live Coverage
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg partners with Facebook to “connect” users  —  Today we're announcing more details around the new Facebook Connect feature.  This feature will allow anyone who currently uses Facebook to seamlessly become a Digg user and start sharing and Digging stuff right away.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Jesse Stay / Stay N\' Alive:   SixApart Announces Comment Integration With Facebook
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Why We Still Need the iPhone App Black Market  —  A year ago, we said that no iPhone SDK meant no killer apps.  It came, and the apps are here in staggering numbers.  But many of the amazing apps and concepts we grew to love as unofficial apps aren't here, and only about 100 of the 900+ apps …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel storage chips point to SoC future  —  Intel's first system-on-a-chip designed around the x86 instruction set is ready for the world.  —  The company is planning to announce the catchily-titled EP80579 chips Thursday for its customers building storage and networking equipment.
Discussion: Ars Technica and VentureBeat
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's MobileMe Is Far Too Flawed To Be Reliable  —  People who work for large corporations are used to having their email, contacts and calendar appointments synchronized instantly among their various computers and smart phones.  But average consumers haven't had an easy way to do that.
Discussion: Apple Watch
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.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and The Deep End
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InfoWorld:
Parts of San Francisco network still locked out
Datamation:
Why Apple and China are Simply Incompatible  —  The Beijing Olympics begin in two weeks.  But for Apple, the China games have already begun.  The company opened a shiny new Apple store in Beijing Saturday — the “first of many” in China, according to an Apple official.  The race is on.
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Hackers start to target Apple Macs  —  As more and more PC users switch to Macs, they're bringing viruses and other malicious software with them  —  When Apple beat Wall Street expectations convincingly on Monday after its best quarter ever, its share price fell.
Discussion: MacUser and TechBlog
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Yahoo pulls an MSN Music (only faster)  —  This afternoon, Yahoo alerted customers of its erstwhile downloadable music store that it would no longer provide support after Sept. 30 (download the cheerful e-mail here).  The upshot: starting Oct. 1, said customers won't be able to revive frozen tracks …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Pulse 2.0
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble in Online Travel: American Airlines Ditches Kayak (Maybe Orbitz Too)  —  After years of ceding the upper hand in online travel to booking sites like Kayak and Orbitz, American Airlines is about to fight back.  According to the CEO of a competing travel site, American Airlines …
Discussion: Joe Duck and Wallstrip
 
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Microsoft refunding gamers, Games for Windows Live goes free
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A Xobni Executive Leaves The Red-Hot Startup. But Why?
Discussion: Gabor's Blog and Xobni
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3G iPhone Availability
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CE Giants Back Amimon's Wireless HDTV Tech
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Settlement, Nokia Will Pay Royalties to Qualcomm
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Goodmail Is Back Trying to Sell Access to Your In-Box
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
NY No Longer Stands for New York. Instead? No. You Can't.
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Is Google's Proprietary Tech Stack Destroying Its Acquisitions?
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Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
iPhone is Phishable and SPAMable
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
VMware's (second) free hypervisor
Discussion: news.idg.no and Computerworld
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Neil Young takes on the iPod
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Discussion: TechCrunch and Big Tech
Derek Slater / Google Public Policy Blog:
What if you could own your Internet connection?
Discussion: CircleID
University of Michigan:
Security flaws in online banking sites found to be widespread
Fred / A VC:
Our Newest Portfolio Company: Meetup
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple