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9:00 AM 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft splits its Platforms & Services unit in two
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 language alien to yours.
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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 …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites  —  I'm here in SF at the F8 developer conference sponsored by Facebook.  While the primary thrust of F8 Facebook announcements was for developers, I mentally translate what this means for web strategists at brands at Fortune 5000s.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
New Tool From Facebook Extends Its Web Presence
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Facebook Connect Coming To iPhone This Fall
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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.
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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: p2pnet, Guardian Unlimited and BBC NEWS
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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.
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InfoWorld:
Attack code released for DNS bug
Discussion: Zero Day
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
The Difference Between Google Knol & Wikipedia Encyclopedia  —  Google today introduced Knol, a Wikipedia style encyclopedia that anyone can edit but with some major differences:  —  a) Wikipedia has one page per topic but that limit is relaxed on Google Knol - multiple authors can write on the same topic at different places.
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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.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Qualcomm, Nokia Reach Deal to End Fight Over Patents  —  Qualcomm Inc. and Nokia Corp. said they agreed to end their legal battles, a deal that could bring big benefits to both companies and affect other players in the cellphone industry.  —  The companies didn't disclose financial details of the settlement.
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John Oates / The Register:
Nokia and Qualcomm end patent war
Discussion: Nokia Conversations
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 …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
A New Company  —  I am leaving Xobni in late August and starting a new company.
Discussion: Xobni
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.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Cult of Mac and 9 to 5 Mac
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Redlasso Sued Over Web Clips  —  NEW YORK — NBC Universal Inc., Fox News Network LLC and Fox Television Stations Inc. sued Redlasso Inc. on Wednesday, alleging the Web site is improperly making available video clips of their copyrighted programming.  —  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court …
Dave / MacBlogz:
iPhone 3G going RED for the holiday season?  —  While rumors of the salt and pepper colored iPhone 3G pair reigned true, it is now time to look toward the emergence of yet another addition to the team.  MacBlogz has learned through an unconfirmed source that a possible red iPhone 3G may be slated …
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Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
Is iPhone Red On Apple's Holiday Gift List?
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
 
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James Sturcke / Guardian:
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
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Goodmail Is Back Trying to Sell Access to Your In-Box
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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Hackers start to target Apple Macs
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Why We Still Need the iPhone App Black Market
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
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Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch