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1:40 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 Platform and Services Division, the smooth Johnson has been trying …
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Microsoft:
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 …
Discussion: LiveSide and TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Full Memo to the Troops About New Reorg  —  Here is the full memo Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer sent out to the troops about the big changes in its organization, including the departure of Platform and Services Division President Kevin Johnson, and in which he addresses Apple, Yahoo, Google and more:
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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.
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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 …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Google Throws Open Rival for Wikipedia — Anon Authors Discouraged  —  Google announced on its official blog Wednesday the debut of Knol, a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia penned by authoritative sources.  —  Udi Manber loves cartoons.  Not animations, but the single-panel graphics that appear in magazines like The New Yorker.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging the Facebook Developer Conference  —  The TechCrunch team is on site at the Facebook Developer conference, and we'll be live blogging the news.  Mark Zuckerberg's Keynote starts at 1:30 pm PST.  —  Facebook's press release is here.  —  Live Coverage
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg partners with Facebook to “connect” users  —  Today we're announcing more details around the new Facebook Connect feature.  This feature will allow anyone who currently uses Facebook to seamlessly become a Digg user and start sharing and Digging stuff right away.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces “Great Apps” and “App Verification” Certification Programs for Good App Developers  —  As speculated earlier this week, Facebook is announcing two new programs today that will give greater visibility within the News Feed and possibly other communication channels for applications that …
Jesse Stay / Stay N\' Alive:   SixApart Announces Comment Integration With Facebook
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com 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.
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 …
University of Michigan:
Security flaws in online banking sites found to be widespread  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich.—More than 75 percent of the bank Web sites surveyed in a University of Michigan study had at least one design flaw that could make customers vulnerable to cyber thieves after their money or even their identity.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Studies: Banking Web sites, corporate computers are insecure
Discussion: TG Daily
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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.
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: Washington Post and Apple Watch
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: Gabor's Blog and Xobni
Datamation:
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 and Macsimum News
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: 9 to 5 Mac
 
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John Boudreau / E-Commerce Times:
Conjecture About Jobs' Health Weighs Down Apple Stock
Discussion: TG Daily
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Microsoft refunding gamers, Games for Windows Live goes free
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Yahoo pulls an MSN Music (only faster)
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Settlement, Nokia Will Pay Royalties to Qualcomm
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Goodmail Is Back Trying to Sell Access to Your In-Box
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
NY No Longer Stands for New York. Instead? No. You Can't.
Discussion: The Iconoclast
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Hackers start to target Apple Macs
Discussion: MacUser and TechBlog
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
iPhone is Phishable and SPAMable
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Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
VMware's (second) free hypervisor
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble in Online Travel: American Airlines Ditches Kayak (Maybe Orbitz Too)
Discussion: Joe Duck and Wallstrip
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Neil Young takes on the iPod
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Schmidt: iPhone good for Google
Discussion: TechCrunch and Big Tech
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF. tech stays jailed; prosecutors say he rigged network to implode
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Twitter v Google, Wikipedia, Digg & Yelp
Discussion: Podcasting News
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Our Newest Portfolio Company: Meetup
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Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple
 

 
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