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4:25 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.
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: AppScout
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.
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.
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:
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Post I.T., Epicenter, Orbitcast and Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius/XM merger approval now rests with FCC Republican
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.
Kevin Michaluk / 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.
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: Digital Daily, eWeek and CrunchGear
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo can't fight off patent metroids, faces injunction  —  It seems that gaming controllers are the hot target for patent lawsuits, and patent holders are finding litigation a sound strategy.  After Sony lost its case against Immersion and, along with Microsoft, coughed up a hefty sum of money …
Discussion: Engadget, GoNintendo and Kotaku
brad's life:
Perl on App Engine  —  I'm happy to announce that the Google App Engine team has given me permission to talk about a 20% project inside Google to to add Perl support to App Engine.  To be clear: I'm not a member of the App Engine team and the App Engine team is not promising to add Perl support.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's DeWolfe Says New Music Joint Venture to Launch in September  —  MySpace's upcoming music joint venture with 3 of the 4 major labels, first announced in April, will launch in September (EMI is still a holdout, but from what we hear they may be ready to fold soon).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Mac version of Microsoft's Live Mesh previewed  —  Apple loves to talk about “cloud” computing lately, particularly in the context of the new MobileMe service—so far, that particular cloud has been pretty gray and rainy.  While MobileMe has been struggling, Microsoft has been launching …
Discussion: Network World
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Industry group working on yet another wireless HD standard  —  Wireless high-definition television is hot.  The playing field is currently stuffed with a dizzying array of companies, technologies, and standard groups, all vying to be first-to-market with a competitively priced, visually pleasing, and (in)appropriately DRM'd solution.
Brian “Krow” Aker's Idle Thoughts:
Drizzle, Clouds, “What If?”  —  Have you ever wanted to know what would happen if you had taken a different direction?  —  A number of months ago I was on the phone with the Rackspace CTO talking about Memcached and Gearman, and the work I am doing there.  He had asked me if I had ever thought …
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft releases new Outlook Connector with Windows Live Calendar …
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Researcher ports Linux file system Ext2 to Singularity
Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Researcher Seeks to Combine Semantic Search Methods
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Samsung unveils 46- / 52-inch Series 8 LCD HDTVs
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The Unlikely Integration Between Google News and Digg
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Apple may be moving the MacBook to sub-$1000 territory
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Call the Cable Guy. Again.
Palm Centro Software Update for Sprint
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The Tech Worker Perception Gap
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
AT&T developing voice-controlled iPhone apps (video)

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