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1:40 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.
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
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.
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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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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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.
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
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google to face charges over Down's syndrome video  —  Italian prosecutors say a video which showed four youths taunting a teenager with Down's syndrome was an invasion of privacy  —  Google is to face criminal charges in Italy over a video which appeared on one of its sites showing a disabled teenager being taunted by his peers.
Discussion: Coop's Corner
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.
Discussion: Entrecard Blog and The Pop Report
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Plista: Ad-hoc social networks for product recommendations  —  Of the 20 or so demos set out to bake in the afternoon sun on the August Capital patio for the TechCrunch party Friday, my award for the most interesting goes to Plista, a social recommendation service that follows what you like and don't across sites.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft pledges love and money to open source  —  OSCON After years of hostility towards Free Software Foundation (FSF) licensing (here and here) Microsoft has announced the first in a series of PHP patches - and it's using an FSF license.  —  Microsoft told The Reg it's submitted a patch …
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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
Business Wire:
Gateway Moves to 100 Percent Indirect Sales Model
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Foxconn snubs Linux users
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
21 months later, Vista is still more secure than XP
Discussion: DygiScape
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
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Kevin Maney / Portfolio.com:
CEOs Afraid of Facebook? Not the Ones I Know
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Curtains for the Observer Roles on the Facebook Board?
Discussion: Valleywag
Arn / MacRumors:
Speculation About a ‘MacBook Touch’ Builds
Ethan / OnoTech:
CNET on BrowseRank: An informative article with a nonsensical premise
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How to Save Local Newspapers: Cellphones
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?”
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Roll Your Own Digg: Coming in Six Months
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