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8:35 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.
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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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 …
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg partners with Facebook to “connect” users
Discussion: VentureBeat
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Connect Launches with 24 Partners Including Digg and Six Apart
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and All about Microsoft
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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 …
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 …
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:
Discussion: Tech Confidential
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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.
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.
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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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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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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InfoWorld:
Parts of San Francisco network still locked out
Discussion: The Register, CrunchGear and GMSV
University of Michigan:
Security flaws in online banking sites found to be widespread  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich.—More than 75 percent of the bank Web sites surveyed in a University of Michigan study had at least one design flaw that could make customers vulnerable to cyber thieves after their money or even their identity.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Studies: Banking Web sites, corporate computers are insecure
Discussion: TG 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.
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 …
 
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
BPI v ISPs - who's won on music piracy?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Google's Proprietary Tech Stack Destroying Its Acquisitions?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Report: AMD will split into separate companies
Discussion: eWeek
Austin Modine / The Register:
Western Digital shrinks VelociRaptors for enterprise duty
Datamation:
Why Apple and China are Simply Incompatible
Discussion: Macsimum News
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Gloss: Flock goes fashionable
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
What You Can Learn from the Facebook Redesign
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
iPhone is Phishable and SPAMable
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Twitter v Google, Wikipedia, Digg & Yelp
Discussion: Podcasting News
brad's life:
Perl on App Engine
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Column: A Silver Lining for Web TV
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Could peace be near for YouTube and Hollywood?
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Phone Giants Fight to Keep Subscribers
Discussion: CrunchGear, eWeek and Digital Daily