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6:15 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 …
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.
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.
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Fred / A VC:
Honesty Is The Best Policy  —  This quote from Joe Nocera's piece on Steve Job's health in today's NYT shocked me: … I'm personally with Joe on this one.  Steve Jobs is an arrogant f**k who thinks he's above the law.  He's also the most amazing technology CEO/entrepreneur working right now.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Techcrunch August Capital Event Wrapup  —  Thank you to the nearly 1,100 people who flowed through the Quadras Conference Center for our Mobile Web Wars event and the party at August Capital immediately afterwards.  We were able to donate $7,500 to Malaria No More, which will protect at least 750 children from Malaria for five years.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Silicon Valley VC Disease  —  Yesterday at the Mobile Web Wars event (here's video of that), held right before the TechCrunch party, David Hornik, partner at August Capital (he's the host of the TechCrunch party) told the audience that he would not invest in pure iPhone apps because the iPhone …
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Photosynth Moves to Virtual Earth  —  Ever since the launch of Photosynth there's been much discussion about the natural synergy of it and Microsoft Virtual Earth.  Well, it's now official that you can begin additional speculation on what it means that we've moved the Photosynth team into the Virtual Earth product group.
Discussion: LiveSide and Mashable!
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
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New DNS exploit now in the wild and having a blast  —  About two weeks ago, we covered the release of a DNS security fix meant to patch a vulnerability in the system that matches domain names with IP addresses.  The flaw had been discovered by security researcher Dan Kaminsky some months earlier but …
Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
Comcast communicated by blog  —  We are watching you....  A Washington student got a bit of a shock when he received an email from internet service provider Comcast about comments he had made on his blog.  —  Brandon Dilbeck, a student at the University of Washington …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
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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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Approves XM-Sirius Merger
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon Explains The S3 Outage and Downtime Last Weekend  —  Amazon has posted an announcement regarding what happened last weekend with their S3 storage service and the downtime of nearly 8 hours.  We covered the outage extensively here on CenterNetworks.  Overall the downtime ran from 8:40am Pacific Time to 5:00pm Pacific Time.
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
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Google to face charges over Down's syndrome video
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Robert Kaye / O'Reilly Radar:
OSCON day 3: Reflections on OSCON 2008
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
Datamation:
San Francisco Hack: Where Was the Oversight?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Techdirt
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
21 months later, Vista is still more secure than XP
Discussion: DygiScape
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
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CEOs Afraid of Facebook? Not the Ones I Know
 

 
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