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6:25 AM ET, July 23, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google In Final Negotiations To Acquire Digg For “Around $200 Million”  —  Google's on and off negotiations with Digg have been back on in a big way for the last six weeks, we've heard from multiple sources inside and outside of Google.  The two companies have reportedly signed a letter …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Why doesn't Google build its own Digg like Yahoo and AOL did?
Discussion: WinBeta
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Third Time The Charm? Google Reportedly Buying Digg, Again (GOOG)
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Neowin.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Acquires jkOnTheRun  —  In the life of every company, there comes a time when it is faced with the choice of how to extend its reach: Either build a new product or service, or acquire the one that's already established itself as the best in its class.
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Giga Omni Media acquires jkOnTheRun!  —  jkOnTheRun joins the ranks of GigaOM  —  Today Kevin and I are incredibly excited to bring you some great news about jkOnTheRun!  Our little tech blog has been acquired by the great Giga Omni Media group, home of GigaOm blog among others.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog - One Less Independent Blog In The World  —  Blogging network GigaOm will announce the acquisition of the small but excellent mobile-focused blog jkOnTheRun this evening.  Founders James Kendrick and Kevin Tofel will remain in Houston and continue doing their thing.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebMetricsGuru
San Francisco Chronicle:
Lawyer says client was protecting city's code  —  (07-22) 18:02 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco computer engineer accused of withholding access codes to the city's network surrendered the password during an unusual jailhouse visit by Mayor Gavin Newsom, authorities said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
SF mayor gets codes to hijacked city network
Discussion: eWeek
John Markoff / New York Times:
Talk of Chief's Health Weighs on Apple's Share Price  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Rumors of Steven P. Jobs's ill health have been greatly exaggerated.  —  That is what Mr. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, has been telling a number of his associates, even as concerns about his health have weighed on the company's stock price.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Some Facebook Apps Are Actually More Equal Than Others  —  Tomorrow, when it rolls out its new platform, one of the more interesting pieces of news from Facebook will be its initiative to dub certain of its third-party app developers more special than others.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Digg, Facebook Connect To Headline at f8Con
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Chad Dickerson:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it's best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch).  I'm leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO.  I'll save my thoughts on Etsy for later …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chad Dickerson To Leave Yahoo For Etsy
Discussion: Valleywag and WebProNews
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Is social media becoming a vast wasteland?  —  Gautam Ghosh, one of my favorite Indian bloggers recently posted how much he and other fans enjoyed talking with popular Indian Ramayana series author Ashok Banker via the author's blog, Twitter and FriendFeed.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
AT&T developing voice-controlled iPhone apps (video)  —  AT&T has developed a software trick that will let modern mobile handsets, including Apple Inc's iPhone, recognize voice commands without the need for specialized voice recognition software.  —  The research project is based on a new version …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Who says you can't make money in open source?  —  There's a thought out there that you can't make money with open-source software.  This evening on the way to a gathering of open-source CEOs I witnessed something that just might contradict this.  —  Now, I'm not going to say whose car this is …
Discussion: eWeek
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
VMWare looks ahead at Microsoft, year-end financials and morale  —  updated: VMWare, whose recent headlines have included an ousted CEO and a re-pricing of its employee stock options, reported second-quarter earnings of $92 million, or 23 cents per share, up from $52 million, or 16 cents per share, for the same quarter a year ago.
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InfoWorld:
VMware to offer low-footprint ESX hypervisor free
Discussion: eWeek
bbSync / BlackBerry Sync:
Drool some more over the BlackBerry Thunder “Touch Screen BlackBerry”  —  BlackBerry Thunder's camera in Landscape mode  —  The weeks starting off a little quiet in BlackBerry news, but we will make you drool some more.  Just in case you aren't drooling enough over the rumored BlackBerry Thunder.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Exec: We're Selling Ads Against ‘Less Than 3%’ Of Our Videos  —  We know Google's (GOOG) YouTube is a tough sell for advertisers.  But video site's sales team may be having an even tougher time than recent reports suggest.  —  YouTube sales manager Brian Cusack says YouTube is able …
Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
Sarah Lacy:
Maybe Blogging Is Just a Loss-Leader?  —  I keep thinking about this blogging crossroads and the beauty of small.  Then today came Robert Scoble's post about how tech blogging has let you down.  It's not hugely applicable to me since I am a business reporter, and he takes pains to separate business blogging from tech blogging.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Glimpse of big Vista campaign?  Microsoft says no  —  The big tech sites are abuzz today with news of a Windows Vista promotion spotted on Microsoft.com by Ed Bott, the eagle-eyed Windows author and blogger.  The banner showed an early sailing ship on the open seas, with the sentence …
Discussion: gHacks technology news and Bits
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules  —  New Features  —  The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo.  Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps …
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Get ready for wireless HD video...maybe
Discussion: Crave
Tech-On! : tech news:
NEC Develops Ad System w/ Face Recognition Technology
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zynga Raises $29 Million B Round (Led By Kleiner Perkins) …
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Details on DNS flaw inadvertently leaked; researcher says patch now
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress app hits the iPhone fashionably late
Pelle / Stake Ventures:
How the Man finally brought e-gold down
Discussion: Industry Standard and Zero Day
Chris Morris / Forbes:
A Wii Bit Short On Supplies
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open Web Foundation
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Kevinu / Gamerscore Blog:
Games fo Windows LIVE is now FREE
Discussion: Channel 10, Engadget and Gizmodo
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
What Will We Do When Growth is No Longer the “In Thing” …
Jon Fortt / Techland:
Tech chiefs ponder the Internet's future
Discussion: CircleID
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Convicted Spammer Flees Prison
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
How I Spent My Weekend  —  Proxy fights are very expensive and time-consuming.
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Victor's Earphone Makes Sound Deeper in Ear
MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’