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1:30 PM ET, July 24, 2008

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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 a language alien to yours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes The Fast Lane To Boring  —  I agree with Sam Gustin when he says that yesterday's Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco was in the end a snoozer, but not because CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed on stage.  —  First of all, saying the event itself was sleep-inducing is just factually incorrect.
Discussion: Tech Ticker, New York Times and Forbes
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites
Discussion: webmonkey, Startup Meme and WebProNews
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Who Will Be Microsoft's Next Online Chief?  McAndrews?  Miller?  BoomTown?  —  BoomTown was all busy trying to think of execs to replace Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, as pressure mounts on him to right the troubled Internet company.  —  But now, Yang's position feels safer than ever and it's …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Ballmer: Killing Apple and Google With Kindness?
Discussion: MacUser, eWeek and Macsimum News
Sirius:
XM and SIRIUS Confirm Discussions to Settle FCC Enforcement Matters  —  WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, July 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: XMSR) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today confirmed that the companies …
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Tim Arango / New York Times:   Merger of XM and Sirius a Step Closer to Approval
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.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
BPI and ISPs scramble for upper hand in publicity battle over file-sharing deal
Discussion: Ars Technica and JupiterResearch
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Should the music industry tax you to use the Web?
Discussion: A VC and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zimbra Releases Version 3 Of Open Source Email Client, And It's Awesome  —  Yahoo's Zimbra launches version 3 of its open source desktop email client this morning that is designed to compete with Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mac Mail, etc.  This is a new iteration of their browser-based offline product announced in March 2007.
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Inquisitr
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Mike Morse / Zimbra :: Blog:
Zimbra Desktop Beta 3's New Features
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and webmonkey
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Zimbra Desktop gives Yahoo Mail offline access
Discussion: Open Sources, Yahoo! and 901am
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
IPhone Free-For-All  —  Free markets are always tough on their players.
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
DNS exploit code is in the wild  —  As of Wednesday, an exploit code allowing someone to attack the domain name system (DNS) was available in various places on the Internet.  —  On July 8, IOActive researcher Dan Kaminsky disclosed a flaw in the DNS but would not provide the details until …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista's image  —  REDMOND, Wash.—After months of searching for ways to defend its oft-maligned Windows operating system, Microsoft may just have found its best weapon: Vista's skeptics.  —  Spurred by an e-mail from someone deep in the marketing ranks …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: Time to ante up online  —  Updated 10 a.m., with more details on spending plans  —  REDMOND, Wash.—In trying to explain Microsoft's continued decision to spend in its money-losing online services business, CEO Steve Ballmer likened it to a game of high-stakes poker.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Tries To Save His Reputation
Discussion: MacRumors and paidContent.org
Creative:
CREATIVE INTRODUCES THE UNIQUELY DESIGNED ZEN® MOZAIC MUSIC, PHOTOS AND VIDEO PLAYER WITH IMPRESSIVE BUILT-IN SPEAKER  —  Bold Design and Attractive Pricing Make ZEN® Mozaic a Must Have For an Avid Digital Lifestyle  —  Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products …
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Kingone / Nothing But Creative:
World Exclusive: First look at the ZEN Mozaic
Discussion: Gizmodo, Anything But iPod and Crave
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.
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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PC Pro:
Google Blogger “hosts 2% of world's malware”
Discussion: Geek.com and Pulse 2.0
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
New Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Causes Chaos  —  Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Punishes Community Managers and Causes Follower Counts to Drop  —  Did you notice a big drop in your Twitter follower numbers yesterday?  It seems that the Twitter team recently decided to step up their Twitter spammer detection …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to Sell Cellphone Towers, Use Money to Pay Down Debt  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. agreed to sell nearly all its cellphone towers to a private-equity-backed firm called TowerCo in a deal that will generate about $670 million in cash for the struggling wireless carrier.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
‘Spam King’ escapes from federal prison  —  Edward “Eddie” Davidson, a notorious e-mail spammer who was sentenced to jail time in April, has escaped from a federal prison camp in Florence, Colorado.  —  Davidson (left), also known as the “Spam King, made a run for it when his wife visited …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Sony opens e-book reader to outside publishers  —  Sony announced on Thursday that its Reader Digital Book will be able to read electronic books published using the .epub format that many of the largest book publishers are using.  —  Until now, Sony's e-book reader could only read books available …
Discussion: paidContent.org and TeleRead
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
First official HTC Touch Diamond ROM with GSM 850 support released
Discussion: WMExperts and Phone Scoop
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Geographic divide of social networks
Discussion: AppScout and Startup Meme
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Telco wouldn't install fiber network, sued to prevent city from doing so
Discussion: WebProBlog
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Nintendo: Wii Storage Limitations Becoming A ‘Mainstream Problem’
Discussion: Joystiq and Opposable Thumbs
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Researchers could face legal risks for network snooping
IDG News Service:
HP Folds Voodoo PC Business Unit
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
BlackBerry Thumbs Beware of The Xtensor
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The Guru / Symbian-Guru.com:
Samsung i8510 Gets Real in NYC
CBC News:
Bell's internet throttling is like reading people's mail, ISPs say
Discussion: p2pnet
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Opposing Views is on a mission to tick you off
James Sturcke / Guardian:
£17,000 damages for victim of fake Facebook profile
Discussion: The Register
Dave / MacBlogz:
iPhone 3G going RED for the holiday season?
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The Difference Between Google Knol & Wikipedia Encyclopedia
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