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1:05 PM ET, July 24, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
Business Wire:
Juniper Networks Names Kevin Johnson Chief Executive Officer  —  Scott Kriens to Remain Active as Chairman of the Board  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR - News), the leader in high-performance networking, today named Microsoft veteran Kevin Johnson as chief executive officer.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Ballmer: Killing Apple and Google With Kindness?
Discussion: MacUser, eWeek and Macsimum News
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Tries To Save His Reputation
Discussion: paidContent.org and MacRumors
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
PR Newswire:
XM and SIRIUS Confirm Discussions to Settle FCC Enforcement Matters  —  XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: XMSR - News) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI - News) today confirmed that the companies are in discussions with the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission …
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Commissioners Set To Approve XM-Sirius Deal
Discussion: Digital Daily
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   XM And Sirius Resolving Final Issues; Martin Says Agreement Reached
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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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Should the music industry tax you to use the Web?
Discussion: A VC and WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AdMob Makes Mobile Ads Suck Less.  Will Give Away One Million Dollars Worth of Ads To iPhone App Developers.  —  On the iPhone, even the ads are cool.  Mobile advertising network AdMob is launching a whole new set of customized ads for iPhone apps.  As CEO Omar Hamoui explains in the video above …
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
IPhone Free-For-All  —  Free markets are always tough on their players.
Discussion: Touch Arcade
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.
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 …
Discussion: Zero Day
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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.
PC Pro:
Google Blogger “hosts 2% of world's malware”  —  Google's Blogger service is responsible for 2% of the world's malware hosted on the web, according to a new report from security firm Sophos.  —  The security firm claims hackers are setting up pages on the free blogging service to host malicious code …
Discussion: Geek.com and Pulse 2.0
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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