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6:30 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 Platforms and Services Division, the smooth Johnson has been trying …
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:
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 …
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 …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Exit One Kevin Johnson
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft splits its Platforms & Services unit in two
Dick / Identity 2.0:
Facebook Connect - fatal blow for OpenID?  —  At F8 today, Facebook rolled out their Facebook Connect platform.  With a small amount of code, other sites can integrate the Facebook identity system into their site.  The keynote reminded me of early days of Microsoft as they rallied developers …
Discussion: David Recordon's Blog
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Facebook Connect Coming To iPhone This Fall  —  Today at the f8 conference Benjamin Ling revealed that Facebook will be releasing a Cocoa framework for the iPhone that will allow application developers to integrate with Facebook Connect.  The framework is expected to be released sometime in the fall …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
New Tool From Facebook Extends Its Web Presence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the rapidly growing social network, unveiled some new features on Wednesday as it works to broaden its reach online and to recalibrate its sometimes contentious relationship with the thousands of developers writing programs for the service.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites
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.
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: Apple Watch
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:   Meant to Sync, MobileMe Is Scattershot at the Start
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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and BBC NEWS
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 …
Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
A New Company  —  I am leaving Xobni in late August and starting a new company.
Discussion: Xobni
John Oates / The Register:
Nokia and Qualcomm end patent war  —  Nokia and Qualcomm have agreed to end their worldwide legal battle over patents.  —  Yesterday saw a German court throw out Qualcomm's claims but the two had pending legal action in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and China.  The deal therefore came as a surprise.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Attack code published for DNS flaw  —  The urgency to patch Dan Kaminsky's DNS cache poisoning vulnerability just went up a few notches.  —  Exploit code for the flaw, which allows the insertion of malicious DNS records into the cache of the target nameserver, has been added to Metasploit, a freely distributed attack/pen-testing tool.
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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Intel storage chips point to SoC future  —  Intel's first system-on-a-chip designed around the x86 instruction set is ready for the world.  —  The company is planning to announce the catchily-titled EP80579 chips Thursday for its customers building storage and networking equipment.
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.
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
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.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix Player By Roku Nearing 100,000 Units Sold: 1% Of Netflix's Subscribers
Discussion:, GigaOM and last100
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T says initial iPhone sales double that of last year
Discussion: I4U News and Cult of Mac
Dan Nye / The LinkedIn Blog:
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Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Redlasso Sued Over Web Clips
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Microsoft refunding gamers, Games for Windows Live goes free
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3G iPhone Availability
Discussion: Cult of Mac and 9 to 5 Mac
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NY No Longer Stands for New York. Instead? No. You Can't.
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Hackers start to target Apple Macs
Discussion: MacUser
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iPhone is Phishable and SPAMable
Gordon Haff / CNET
VMware's (second) free hypervisor
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble in Online Travel: American Airlines Ditches Kayak (Maybe Orbitz Too)
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Discussion: TechCrunch and Big Tech
University of Michigan:
Security flaws in online banking sites found to be widespread