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4:55 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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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.
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: TechBlog and StartupSquad.com
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
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 …
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP bids $1.6bn on Opsware, $214m on Neoware
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Business Wire:   HP Strengthens Thin Client Computing Offering With Acquisition of Neoware Inc.
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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Privacy Options for its Search Engine
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:   Search privacy gets hot: Microsoft and Ask.com tag-team
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: Game | Life, Joystiq and Engadget HD
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
XM and Sirius unveil plans for postmerger price drops  —  update If the proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio goes through, the combined company plans to offer packages of channels at reduced rates, including a 50-channel offering that's almost half the price of today's lowest-price option.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
XM, Sirius pledge "kinda la carte" support, get Cardinal's endorsement  —  In an effort to shore up support for their proposed merger, XM and Sirius have announced that the merged company will offer à la carte service to consumers—those who don't want a package can pick the channels of their choice for a lower price.
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
TomTom To Purchase Tele Atlas  —  Exciting news?  Not really, but it could mean improved service and better products with TomTom's announcement to buy map-provider Tele Atlas.  TomTom is rumored to have purchased the company for $2.5 billion.  Sure it's a lot of money, but think about what you're getting with that deal.
Discussion: The Register
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Niclas Mika / Reuters:
TomTom to buy map supplier Tele Atlas
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.
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.
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
IPhone Flaw Lets Hackers Take Over, Security Firm Says
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Helios H2000 Upscaling DVD Player: 1080i, Works With XviD  —  Still put off by the so-called high-def optical disc format war?  For $99 come August, you'll be able to grab the Helios H2000 upscaling DVD player.  It connects to your HDTV via an HDMI or component connection and upscales video …
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
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: RSS Marketing Blog and Screenwerk
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Mark Lucovsky / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
Picture this: Image Search for the AJAX Search API
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.
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 …
Dick Durbin / Open Left:
What should be America's national broadband strategy?  —  (This diary will remain at the top of the page for the next day.  New content will continue to appear below.  For example, check out Mike's piece on Bloggers and Donors, as well as my new piece on Republicans to Blame for World's Major Problems - promoted by Adam Bink)
Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
Microsoft 'Gatineau' sneak peek  —  So, some screenshots of the interface for beta 1 of our web analytics product (codenamed 'Gatineau') have slipped out onto the web, courtesy of Dave Naylor.  Dave attended our adChamps briefing in London a couple of weeks ago where he saw a demo of the software …
 
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Canonical Launches Web-Based Systems Management for Ubuntu
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
NBC: Peer-to-peer costs corn farmers money
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Crossing Out, for Emphasis
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
Culture matters: Why i-mode failed
Steve Silberman / Wired News:
Inside the High-Tech Hunt for a Missing Silicon Valley Legend
Discussion: Gadgetopia and All Points Blog