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3:20 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 …
Discussion: Bits and AppScout
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.
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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: paidContent.org
SmoothSpan Blog:   The Advertising-Based Web 2.0 World is Losing Its Anti-Gravity Ray Too
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Shuttleworth: Make Desktop Linux Better than Apple  —  Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, calls on Linux developers to make the presentation layer of desktop Linux applications even more attractive to users than Apple's Mac OS.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical …
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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.
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Facebook Day!  Say Hello To The Three Tier App System  —  Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco.  Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Phone Giants Fight to Keep Subscribers  —  With millions of people snapping up the iPhone, AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the popular phone, should be quite pleased with the stream of revenue it can expect from customers.  —  But AT&T, the biggest telecommunications company in the United States …
Discussion: eWeek, Digital Daily and CrunchGear
Market Wire:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Pure Networks  —  Networking Management Software Enables Consumers to Enjoy Digital Technology That Simply Works and Simply Connects  —  Cisco (CSCO - News) today announced its intent to purchase privately held Pure Networks …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Cisco acquires Pure Networks, home networking software
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.
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IDG News Service:
San Francisco's Mayor Gets Back Keys to the Network
Discussion: Network World
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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Wall Street Journal:
Worries Over Jobs's Health Weighs on the Stock
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites  —  Cyber-criminals have attacked key government and consumer websites, allowing them to steal the personal details of anyone browsing the sites, The Times has learnt.  —  Eastern European hackers are suspected of placing …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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John Leyden / The Register:   Drive-by download attacks menace UK.gov
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung unveils 46- / 52-inch Series 8 LCD HDTVs  —  Might want to slow down there, Samsung — don't want to pull anything by cranking out too many new HDTVs at a time.  Yep, Sammy's letting loose a few more sets today alongside the Series 7 plasmas and Series 9 LCDs: the September-bound Series 8 LCD HDTV line.
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Business Wire:
Samsung Delivers 2nd Generation LED-Backlit LCD HDTV with New Series 9 LED LCD HDTV
Discussion: Engadget, Engadget HD and Ubergizmo
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.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Romanian phisher confesses to scam targeting financial giants  —  A Romanian man has admitted he took part in a sophisticated phishing scam that targeted PayPal and at least nine other financial institutions by tricking their customers into giving up their account credentials.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
The Unlikely Integration Between Google News and Digg  —  TechCrunch reiterates the rumor that Google is about to acquire Digg.  “The two companies have reportedly signed a letter of intent and are close to a deal that will bring Digg under the Google News property.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple may be moving the MacBook to sub-$1000 territory  —  Apple's Q3 earnings call didn't contain many surprises.  Though Apple doesn't typically “comment on unannounced products” in this setting, CFO Peter Oppenheimer repeatedly referred to “future product transitions that I can't discuss at this time …
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 …
Palm:
Palm Centro Software Update for Sprint  —  This software update is a tune-up that improves email, IM, and general device usability under certain conditions.  —  The Sprint Palm® Centro™ software update 1.07 offers the following performance enhancements:
 
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Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
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John Dunbar / Associated Press:
FCC vote trickling in on XM-Sirius merger
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Survey: Corporations hold out on Vista
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo can't fight off patent metroids, faces injunction
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Cuomo strong-arms Comcast over Usenet
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Nokia: Court Says Qualcomm Patent Invalid
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Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest
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