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2:35 PM ET, July 24, 2008

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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.
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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:
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 …
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
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Ballmer seeks to justify Microsoft's bottomles-pit online spending
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
MICROSOFT ANALYST DAY: CEO Steve Ballmer Tries To Save His Reputation
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer: Time to ante up online
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 and The Inquisitr
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Mike Morse / Zimbra :: Blog:
Zimbra Desktop Beta 3's New Features
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and webmonkey
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Zimbra Desktop gives Yahoo Mail offline access
Discussion: Open Sources and Yahoo!
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Live Search Coming To Facebook  —  When Microsoft made its investment in Facebook I always had though that Live Search would come to the site, together with search monetization.  Later it appeared that search wasn't part of the deal.  Facebook's competitors all have web search …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Breaking: Facebook Signs Search and Advertising Deal with Microsoft  —  CNBC is reporting that Microsoft and Facebook have signed a search and advertising deal.  The partnership involves integrating Microsoft Live Search on Facebook, which will include the software giant's search advertising.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Sprint:
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: mocoNews.net
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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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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Parents to be punished for children's net piracy
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.
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.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Ajaxian
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Open Web Foundation Launches to Do the Dirty Work for Data Portability
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 / MobileBurn.com:
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).
Discussion: All About Symbian and Unwired View
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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 …
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.
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Intel launches new chip for consumer electronics  —  In its latest bid to expand beyond PCs and servers into industrial and consumer electronics applications, Intel has announced a new family of embedded processors.  —  These chips are not based on the Atom processor already used in netbooks …
Discussion: Inquirer and Electronista
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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‘Spam King’ escapes from federal prison
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DNS exploit code is in the wild
CBC News:
Bell's internet throttling is like reading people's mail, ISPs say
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