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1:55 PM ET, July 24, 2008


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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.
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 and New York Times
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites
Discussion: webmonkey, Startup Meme and WebProNews
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:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Ballmer: Killing Apple and Google With Kindness?  —  BoomTown is flatly fascinated by the rather incredible memo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer penned to his troops yesterday, with news of the reorganization of its massive Platforms and Services Division and the departure of its president, Kevin Johnson.
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 …
XM and SIRIUS Confirm Discussions to Settle FCC Enforcement Matters  —  WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, July 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: XMSR) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today confirmed that the companies …
Tim Arango / New York Times:   Merger of XM and Sirius a Step Closer to Approval
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 and The Inquisitr
Mike Morse / Zimbra :: Blog:
Zimbra Desktop Beta 3's New Features
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and webmonkey
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Zimbra Desktop gives Yahoo Mail offline access
Discussion: Open Sources and Yahoo!
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.
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Parents to be punished for children's net piracy
Sprint Nextel Announces Tower Sale to TowerCo for Approximately $670 Million in Cash  —  Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced an agreement to sell approximately 3,300 towers to TowerCo for approximately $670 million in cash.  Additionally, the two companies have entered into a long term leasing agreement …
Discussion: and
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 …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:   IPhone Free-For-All  —  Free markets are always tough on their players.
Robert Vamosi / CNET
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 …
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
MICROSOFT ANALYST DAY: CEO Steve Ballmer Tries To Save His Reputation  —  Thanks for joining us!  Steve's now finished.  Notes below.  Watch the webcast live here.  —  This is a critical speech for Steve Ballmer, whose reputation has been damaged over the past six months.  He did an okay job.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer: Time to ante up online
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 …
Ricky Cadden /
Video: Samsung's i8510 Innov8 S60 smartphone  —  Snapshot by Ricky Cadden on Wednesday July 23, 2008.  —  This evening at an event in New York City, we had a chance to handle Samsung's latest smartphone, the i8510, which uses Nokia's S60 user interface (3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2).
The Guru /
Samsung i8510 Gets Real in NYC
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Unwired View
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.
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 …
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: and Pulse 2.0
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.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Open Web Foundation Officially Launches  —  This morning at that OSCON conference David Recordon of Six Apart will announce on stage the formation of the Open Web Foundation.  The new foundation is about providing a home for the development and ratification of web-related standards efforts.
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Discussion: WebProNews
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Intel launches new chip for consumer electronics
Discussion: Electronista
Dylan Cuthbert / PlayStation.Blog:
PixelJunk Eden: Trophies Galore!
Discussion: Joystiq, Game|Life and PS3 Fanboy
Elinor Mills / CNET
Sony opens e-book reader to outside publishers
Discussion: and TeleRead
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
First official HTC Touch Diamond ROM with GSM 850 support released
Discussion: WMExperts
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Geographic divide of social networks
Discussion: AppScout and Startup Meme
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Telco wouldn't install fiber network, sued to prevent city from doing so
Discussion: WebProBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Nintendo: Wii Storage Limitations Becoming A ‘Mainstream Problem’
IDG News Service:
HP Folds Voodoo PC Business Unit
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and CrunchGear
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
BlackBerry Thumbs Beware of The Xtensor
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
‘Spam King’ escapes from federal prison
CBC News:
Bell's internet throttling is like reading people's mail, ISPs say
Discussion: p2pnet
Dave / MacBlogz:
iPhone 3G going RED for the holiday season?
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
The Difference Between Google Knol & Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Yahoo pulls an MSN Music (only faster)