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8:05 AM ET, July 24, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Full Memo to the Troops About New Reorg  —  Here is the full memo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent out to the troops about the big changes in its organization, including the departure of Platforms and Services Division President Kevin Johnson, in which he addresses Apple, Yahoo, Google and more:
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Microsoft:
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 …
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 Platforms and Services Division, the smooth Johnson has been trying …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft splits its Platforms & Services unit in two
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Connect Matters & Why it Will Win  —  Facebook kicked off their second annual developer conference in San Francisco this afternoon with a keynote by founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  The overproduced keynote with too many words repeatedly incessantly, seemed like a lullaby sung by a nanny in language alien to yours.
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Dick / Identity 2.0:
Facebook Connect - fatal blow for OpenID?  —  At F8 today, Facebook rolled out their Facebook Connect platform.  With a small amount of code, other sites can integrate the Facebook identity system into their site.  The keynote reminded me of early days of Microsoft as they rallied developers …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites  —  I'm here in SF at the F8 developer conference sponsored by Facebook.  While the primary thrust of F8 Facebook announcements was for developers, I mentally translate what this means for web strategists at brands at Fortune 5000s.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
New Tool From Facebook Extends Its Web Presence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the rapidly growing social network, unveiled some new features on Wednesday as it works to broaden its reach online and to recalibrate its sometimes contentious relationship with the thousands of developers writing programs for the service.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Facebook Connect Coming To iPhone This Fall
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
The Difference Between Google Knol & Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
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 and Cult of Mac
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:   Meant to Sync, MobileMe Is Scattershot at the Start
Nigel Morris / The Independent:
Music industry to tax downloaders  —  £30 ‘licence fee’ set to revolutionise illegal file-sharing  —  Internet users could face an annual charge of up to £30 to download music, under plans to be unveiled today that aim to tackle illegal file-sharing.
Discussion: p2pnet, Guardian Unlimited and BBC NEWS
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Attack code published for DNS flaw  —  The urgency to patch Dan Kaminsky's DNS cache poisoning vulnerability just went up a few notches.  —  Exploit code for the flaw, which allows the insertion of malicious DNS records into the cache of the target nameserver, has been added to Metasploit, a freely distributed attack/pen-testing tool.
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InfoWorld:
Attack code released for DNS bug
Discussion: Zero Day
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A Xobni Executive Leaves The Red-Hot Startup.  But Why?  —  Xobni, the Y Combinator email startup that turned down an acquisition offer from Microsoft earlier this year, has just lost its VP Engineering and first employee, Gabor Cselle.  Cselle joined the company in March 2007 …
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Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
A New Company  —  I am leaving Xobni in late August and starting a new company.
Discussion: Xobni
John Oates / The Register:
Nokia and Qualcomm end patent war  —  Nokia and Qualcomm have agreed to end their worldwide legal battle over patents.  —  Yesterday saw a German court throw out Qualcomm's claims but the two had pending legal action in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and China.  The deal therefore came as a surprise.
Discussion: Nokia Conversations
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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 …
Discussion: Webreakstuff and The iPhone Blog
Top Muffin:
3G iPhone Availability  —  DISCLAIMER: This page uses data from Apple's site that is retrieved every 15 minutes.  —  However, it does appear that Apple only updates the data every night at midnight PDT.  —  I strongly advise calling your local Apple store to check inventory before visiting said store.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and 9 to 5 Mac
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
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development  —  Today is a big day.  BIG DAY.  —  As you'll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset - trueSpace (among other assets).  I've always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and LiveSide
 
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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
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