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12:40 PM ET, July 26, 2008

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Apple:
MobileMe Status  —  Steve Jobs has asked me to write a posting every other day or so to let everyone know what's happening with MobileMe, and I'm working directly with the MobileMe group to ensure that we keep you really up to date.  In the 14 days since we launched, it's been a rocky road …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Apple's Culture of Secrecy  —  “No one wants to die,” said Apple's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.  “And yet death is the destination we all share.  No one has ever escaped it.”  —  It was a little over three years ago that Mr. Jobs spoke those existential words, in a commencement address at Stanford.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Walks Away From Digg Deal  —  The Google/Digg acquisition negotiations were in full swing as of last Tuesday, had passed the term sheet stage and the two companies were in final negotiations in the $200 million range.  But sometime this last week Google decided to walk from the deal.
Discussion: The Next Web, Traffick and Digg
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Satellite Radio Merger Approved  —  The government has approved the long-delayed merger of the nation's only satellite radio companies, combining Sirius and XM into a single entity with 18 million subscribers.  —  The decision last night came almost a year and a half after the companies first proposed joining.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Official: Sirius-XM Gets Thumbs Up From FCC (SIRI, XMSR)  —  The deal-that-never-wants-to-go- through is finally through: Late today, the FCC finally approved Sirius' (SIRI) $3.6 billion merger with rival satellite radio operator XM (XMSR).  —  An embarrassment for the FCC, which took way too long to give the deal the thumbs-up.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Approves XM-Sirius Merger
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Kara Jesella / New York Times:
Blogging's Glass Ceiling  —  FOR two days last week, many of the men's bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women's bathrooms.  The stalls on the second floor were lined with note cards featuring nurturing messages like “You are perfect.”
Discussion: ben barren and Gawker
Robert Kaye / O'Reilly Radar:
OSCON day 3: Reflections on OSCON 2008  —  Today was the last day of OSCON and I'm in the mood to think about the conference and share some of my random observations that didn't make it into any of my other blog posts.  —  First up is a comment that Brian Aker of MySQL fame made during the …
Discussion: The Open Road
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Jesse Stay / Stay N\' Alive:
My Hiatus From Twitter - Why You Should Join Me … Yesterday I announced I am permanently and officially on hiatus from Twitter.  Bloggers and other Twitter users, while annoyed, are giving them too much attention in both the negative and positive forms, and frankly, both of these only help Twitter.
InfoWorld:
San Francisco DA discloses city's network passwords  —  In its bid to protect the city from one computer security risk, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office may very well have created another.  —  The office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has made public close …
Discussion: Techdirt, Labnotes, Slashdot and Slashdot
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Datamation:
San Francisco Hack: Where Was the Oversight?  —  If the City of San Francisco were a public corporation and allowed a blunder on par with the recent Terry Childs case, it might find itself facing federal investigation and Mayor Gavin Newsom might be fighting to stay out of jail, experts said.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Hammer drops at last: FCC opposes Comcast P2P throttling  —  Once FCC Chair Kevin Martin announced his support for sanctions against Comcast, penalties looked inevitable.  The two Democrats on the Commission, long supportive of network neutrality, seemed set to vote along with Martin …
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia 5800 Tube Leaked Photos  —  Miyaliu from Digi QQ exposes plenty of pictures of the Nokia 5800 Tube, the upcoming touchscreen S60 Nokia phone which we all have seen briefly on the Dark Knight movie.  3.2 inches screen size with 640×360 resolution sounds good to me.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
21 months later, Vista is still more secure than XP  —  Last October, roughly one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows Vista, I did a comparison of how well Windows Vista was living up to its promise of being more secure than its predecessor, Windows XP (see “One year later, Vista really is more secure").
Discussion: DygiScape
Business Wire:
Gateway Moves to 100 Percent Indirect Sales Model  —  Gateway Continues to Offer its Complete Line of Award Winning Products to Consumers via Retailers and Channel Partners  —  IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Gateway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Acer Inc., today announced a shift …
Discussion: Technologizer and TechBlog
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gateway stops selling PCs direct
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
 
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google to face charges over Down's syndrome video
Discussion: Coop's Corner and WebProNews
PC Pro:
ISP threatens to walk out of illegal file-sharing pact
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.1 SDK Disappointments
Discussion: I4U News
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Foxconn snubs Linux users
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Surpasses U.S. in Number of Internet Users
Discussion: Global by Design
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Promotes “The Dark Knight” Leak
Discussion: Startup Meme, Slyck and Digg
Taylor Singletary / The LinkedIn Blog:
Xobni and LexisNexis integrate with LinkedIn
Kevin Maney / Portfolio.com:
CEOs Afraid of Facebook? Not the Ones I Know
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Curtains for the Observer Roles on the Facebook Board?
Discussion: Valleywag
Arn / MacRumors:
Speculation About a ‘MacBook Touch’ Builds
Austin Modine / The Register:
Europe approves HP purchase of EDS
Discussion: Docu-Drama
Ethan / OnoTech:
CNET on BrowseRank: An informative article with a nonsensical premise
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How to Save Local Newspapers: Cellphones
Fareastgizmos.com:
Thanko Cooler USB keyboard with three built in fans
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
V.C. Advice to Entrepreneurs: It's Not All About the iPhone
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple says, “Want to hack iPhones for a living?”
 

 
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