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3:15 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.
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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
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? …
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 bottomless-pit online spending  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer played online-services pitch man duirng his opening keynote at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM), explaining why Micorsoft believes it must continue to invest heavily in search …
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
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.
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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 thought 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 …
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: The Inquisitr
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Mike Morse / Zimbra :: Blog:
Zimbra Desktop Beta 3's New Features
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and webmonkey
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: David Recordon's Blog and Ajaxian
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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.
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.
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Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Announces Tower Sale to TowerCo for Approximately $670 Million in Cash
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Merger of XM and Sirius Appears Close to Approval
Discussion: Orbitcast and Hear 2.0
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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).
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Robert Strohmeyer / PC World:
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
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Zune phone really in the works at Microsoft?
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John Morris / The Core Truth:
Intel launches new chip for consumer electronics
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Sony opens e-book reader to outside publishers
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Telco wouldn't install fiber network, sued to prevent city from doing so
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IDG News Service:
HP Folds Voodoo PC Business Unit
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‘Spam King’ escapes from federal prison
CBC News:
Bell's internet throttling is like reading people's mail, ISPs say
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