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1:10 PM ET, July 23, 2007

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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 on Monday 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.
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
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft To Anonymize Log Data; Calls For Industry Standards Along With Ask.com
Discussion: PC World
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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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"
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Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Firmware 1.90 Coming Soon
Discussion: Joystiq and Engadget HD
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, there is a good chance Amp'd, the beleagured mobile virtual network provider will turn off its service, leaving over 100,000 of its customers in the lurch.  A few days ago, SunRocket shuttered its doors, leaving 200,000 subscribers in the lurch.
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Two notebooks approved for Wireless USB  —  It's taken long enough, but they're here: the first computers that can make USB connections sans cables.  —  Dell's Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and T61p models are the first PCs to receive certification for the standard …
Discussion: GigaOM and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Using Images For Local SEO  —  Google's recent deployment of Universal Search resulted in the inclusion of content drawn in from their other search verticals into the main web search results.  As this integration trend continues, and as Google further expands upon the 200+ signals they use for ranking …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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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Discussion: Inquirer
Steve Silberman / Wired News:
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Discussion: Gadgetopia
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