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12:15 PM ET, July 23, 2007

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Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Search Engines Take Privacy Issue Seriously  —  After Google's announcement that it will anonymize search data logs on its servers after 18 months of inactivity and Ask.com will allow users to scrub off their data, it is now Microsoft and Yahoo's turn to take on the user privacy issue hauled …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Privacy Is The New Black  —  After a week where Ask launched AskEraser, a product that allows users to erase their search history, and Google announced a reduction in retained data time from 2038 to 18 months, more privacy initiatives are on their way.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal …
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Ask.com Call on Industry to Join Together to Evolve Privacy Protections for Consumers  —  Companies announce commitment to develop privacy principles that will enhance protections and provide more control for consumers.  —  Building on their respective efforts to protect consumer privacy …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Privacy Options for its Search Engine  —  There's nothing like a little regulatory scrutiny to get Internet companies talking about privacy.  Even if some of their words ring somewhat hollow.  —  The FTC, Congress and the EU are all investigating Google's proposed acquisition …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Enhanced Privacy Protections for Customers
Discussion: Compiler
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft To Anonymize Log Data; Calls For Industry Standards Along With Ask.com
Discussion: PC World
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
HP buys my company Opsware for more than $1.6 billion in cash  —  In September 1999, at the height of the dot com boom, a small group of colleagues and I started a new company, Loudcloud, based on the idea that the huge Internet infrastructure buildout then underway — by startups and big companies alike …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
HP opens wallet for software business  —  Taking a cue from rival IBM, Hewlett-Packard announced on Monday it is buying its way into the software business, offering $1.6 billion for Opsware and $214 million for Neoware.  —  Opsware, co-founded by Web entrepreneur Marc Andreessen …
Discussion: Inquirer
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP takes out Opsware for $1.6 billion; Andreessen scores  —  Hewlett-Packard beefed up its data center software business with a $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware.  —  Opsware makes automation software that puts many data center operations on autopilot.  HP, looking to become a big player in the area …
Business Wire:
HP to Acquire Opsware Inc.  —  Acquisition Positions HP to Become a Leader in High-Growth Data Center Automation Software Market  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Opsware Inc. (Nasdaq:OPSW …
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Agrees to Acquire Opsware for $1.65 Billion
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
John Schwartz / New York Times:
IPhone Flaw Lets Hackers Take Over, Security Firm Says  —  A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple's wildly popular iPhone that allows them to take control of the device.  —  The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators …
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
SunRocket Leaves Void for Callers on Internet  —  Waiting for an important phone call can be stressful.  As Marshel Emery can attest, it is doubly so when your phone company has just ceased to exist.  —  Mr. Emery, 33, low on funds and with three children to support, recently applied …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   What about the people?  —  Sometime later today …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Changes In Vista Service Pack 1  —  Long Zheng has aggregated all the public planned changes for Windows Vista Service Pack 1, based on various published developer documentation.  Some of the more interesting ones:  — No architectural changes - All appliacation compatible with the current release …
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg and Inquirer
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Microsoft (mistakenly) mentions "Vista SP1 Preview"
Bill Ray / The Register:
Culture matters: Why i-mode failed  —  Top execs get blinded by shiny technology too  —  Opinion M-commerce service i-mode has been dropped by UK operator O2 and Australia's Telstra.  —  So how did a service, which promised to bring mobile commerce to everyone, and which raked …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Making Things Better: 1.90 PS3 Firmware Update Hits Japan  —  1.90 PS3 Firmware Update Hits Japan  —  The 1.90 Firmware update just hit Japanese PS3s.  Let's dive in and see what the update entails:  —  • Ability to rearrange games on the XMB  —  • Option menu now includes "eject disk"
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
VMware Develops Virtualization Benchmarks  —  Virtual environments are about to get a benchmark to call their own.  —  VMware is leading the effort to offer a new benchmark that will measure how workloads perform in virtual environments.  Together with Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation …
Discussion: Computerworld
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Top social networks for engagement - some suprises!  —  Earlier today Om reported that Hi5 has raised $20m from Mohr Davidow.  As Techcrunch points out, Hi5 is ranked by Alexa as 11th globally, higher than Facebook.  Mashable notes that Hi5 claims 30 million members and 200 million pageviews/day …
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
A Call for More Innovation in Voice Services:  —  I have a challenge for innovative disruptors with regards to the voice applications industry, a "homework assignment."  —  On Friday I attended and spoke at IPTComm 2007, an event organized by Henning Schulzrinne and Greg Bond.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and VoIP Watch
 
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
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