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2:50 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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Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Agrees to Acquire Opsware for $1.65 Billion  —  PC Giant Also Reaches Deal for Neoware  —  Hewlett-Packard Inc. agreed to acquire software company Opsware Inc. for $1.65 billion as the computer and printer giant looks to bolster its offerings for corporate customers.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and TechBlog
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.
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
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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BBC:
Apple iPhone issue highlights security debate  —  What counts as private has to change if we're to get the most out the network, argues Bill Thompson.  —  The long-term viability of the iPhone is unlikely to be seriously damaged by reports of a serious security vulnerability that allows hackers to take over the device.
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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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
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Debates to Connect Candidates and Voters Online  —  The first of a new kind of presidential debate is scheduled for tonight, one in which members of the general public pose questions to the candidates via homemade video.  The debate is the latest front in the candidates' running battle to keep …
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Harrison Hoffman / Webware.com:
YOUTUBE USERS TAKE ON THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES  —  The questions in presidential debates have traditionally been determined by whatever media outlet happened to be running the show.  CNN and YouTube are looking to change that tonight.  As you may know, YouTube is working …
Discussion: Mashable!
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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Microsoft:
Be You: Windows Vista Computers Epitomize Form, Function, Self-Expression
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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 …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Podcasters Unite to Figure Out a Role for Ads  —  The term "podcasting" has perplexed consumers ever since it was introduced.  —  Confusion has reigned on the business side of podcasts, too.  —  Few consumers will pay to receive podcasts — audio files that exist on the Web, and can be automatically sent to a person's computer.
Discussion: John Furrier and Podcasting News
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harry Potter and the Serial Number of Doom  —  The new Harry Potter book cast its spell over our local postwoman this week; she lugged the book to my front door and passed it over with a rueful grin, four more peeking out from her satchel.  In less than 24 hours, my brother-in-law managed …
Steve Silberman / Wired News:
Inside the High-Tech Hunt for a Missing Silicon Valley Legend  —  It looked like a fine day for a sail.  On Sunday, January 28, 2007, Microsoft researcher Jim Gray woke up on his boat, a red 40-foot fiberglass cruiser called Tenacious.  The water in Gashouse Cove, a cozy marina in San Francisco Bay, was nearly flat.
Discussion: All Points Blog and Gadgetopia
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: VoIP Watch and Alec Saunders .LOG
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Helios H2000 Upscaling DVD Player: 1080i, Works With XviD
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
AT&T Video Share Service Now Live
Discussion: dslreports.com and Inquirer
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Two notebooks approved for Wireless USB
Discussion: Crave, GigaOM and GottaBeMobile.com
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
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