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3:36 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: New York Times, TechCrunch and LiveSide
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Full Memo to the Troops About New Reorg  —  Here is the full memo Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer sent out to the troops about the big changes in its organization, including the departure of Platform and Services Division President Kevin Johnson, and in which he addresses Apple, Yahoo, Google and more:
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 …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft exec who led Yahoo buyout team to leave  —  Kevin Johnson, key in Yahoo bid, to depart as Microsoft splits Windows, online divisions  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said Kevin Johnson, the executive in charge of its Windows and Web operations and an instrumental player …
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 …
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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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites
Jesse Stay / Stay N\' Alive:   SixApart Announces Comment Integration With Facebook
Sophos:
Hackers attack businesses, blogs and Web 2.0 sites, reveals Sophos Security Threat Report  —  Cybercrime gangs enlist the help of Blogspot, Facebook and Angelina Jolie in first half of 2008  —  IT security and control firm Sophos has published new research into the first six months of cybercrime in 2008.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:   Blogspot.com cited as the No. 1 host for malware
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 …
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: Washington Post and Apple Watch
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 …
Discussion: Gabor's Blog and Xobni
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
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
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: 9 to 5 Mac
 
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John Boudreau / E-Commerce Times:
Conjecture About Jobs' Health Weighs Down Apple Stock
Discussion: TG Daily
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Microsoft refunding gamers, Games for Windows Live goes free
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel storage chips point to SoC future
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CE Giants Back Amimon's Wireless HDTV Tech
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Yahoo pulls an MSN Music (only faster)
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Click fraud harder to detect, but rate stays flat
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Settlement, Nokia Will Pay Royalties to Qualcomm
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Goodmail Is Back Trying to Sell Access to Your In-Box
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Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
NY No Longer Stands for New York. Instead? No. You Can't.
Discussion: The Iconoclast
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Google's Proprietary Tech Stack Destroying Its Acquisitions?
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
iPhone is Phishable and SPAMable
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
VMware's (second) free hypervisor
Discussion: Computerworld and news.idg.no
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble in Online Travel: American Airlines Ditches Kayak (Maybe Orbitz Too)
Discussion: Joe Duck and Wallstrip
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Neil Young takes on the iPod
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Discussion: TechCrunch and Big Tech
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Security flaws in online banking sites found to be widespread
 

 
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