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8:45 PM ET, July 22, 2008

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Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Walking Directions Now Live  —  Earlier this month, I reported that Google Maps was testing walking directions on a small subset of users.  This morning, I noticed that Google Maps now is offering walking directions for all Google Maps users.  —  For example, conduct a search …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Are Google Maps good or evil?
MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’  —  Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!  —  So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion: … MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor.
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Chad Dickerson:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it's best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch).  I'm leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO.  I'll save my thoughts on Etsy for later …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chad Dickerson To Leave Yahoo For Etsy  —  Chad Dickerson, a long time Yahoo exec and the head of their Brickhouse special projects group, is leaving the company to become the CTO of Etsy, a a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items.  Mike Folgner, the former GM of Yahoo Video …
Fred / A VC:
Transitions  —  The word transition is so loaded that I hate to use it.  But it is what it is.  Startups go through transitions all the time.  And the biggest transitions of them all are when founders step back and bring experienced managers into their companies.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google In Final Negotiations To Acquire Digg For “Around $200 Million”  —  Google's on and off negotiations with Digg have been back on in a big way for the last six weeks, we've heard from multiple sources inside of Google, and the two companies are close to a deal that will bring Digg under the Google News property.
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The Real Issue About Steve's Health  —  After the earnings call last night I talked with a source who is close to Apple and who who has in the past proven very well informed on the concerns of Apple senior management.  This source told me with near-certainty that Jobs' cancer has not returned.
Discussion: One More Thing
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs “Health” Issue Just Gets Curiouser And Curiouser  —  Let me start by saying we all make mistakes, but when it comes to Apple Inc., when you make a mistake it matters.  In this business, you can make or lose a lot of money for a lot of people by getting a story right or wrong.
louisgray.com:
Techmeme and TechCrunch's Detractors Prove It's Hard to be On Top  —  One downside of being in a visible leadership position is that you often have a bulls-eye on your back.  Sometimes it's from your competition.  Sometimes it's from people who feel what you offer isn't benefitting themselves personally …
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Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Blogger showdown at Brainstorm Tech
Discussion: BoomTown, Tech Ticker, GigaOM and Go West
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo earnings decline, miss estimates  —  Yahoo's earnings for its second quarter came in 1 cent lower than expectations, with net income declining 19 percent and revenue a bit light as well, but the company called the quarter “strong.”  —  Using generally accepted accounting principles …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo second-quarter profit misses Wall Street estimates
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News.com and WebProNews
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
VMWare looks ahead at Microsoft, year-end financials and morale  —  updated: VMWare, whose recent headlines have included an ousted CEO and a re-pricing of its employee stock options, reported second-quarter earnings of $92 million, or 23 cents per share, up from $52 million, or 16 cents per share, for the same quarter a year ago.
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InfoWorld:
VMware to offer low-footprint ESX hypervisor free
Discussion: eWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Some Facebook Apps Are Actually More Equal Than Others  —  Tomorrow, when it rolls out its new platform, one of the more interesting pieces of news from Facebook will be its initiative to dub certain of its third-party app developers more special than others.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MySpace joins shared identity service OpenID  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp's MySpace Internet social network will join the OpenID alliance to begin letting its users take their online identity to other sites and social networks without having to register again.
Discussion: webmonkey and TechCrunch
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Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Convicted Spammer Flees Prison  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that Edward “Eddie” Davidson, 35, a notorious pump-and-dump spammer sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison, has escaped from the minimum security facility in which he was serving his time and is currently …
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
How I Spent My Weekend  —  Proxy fights are very expensive and time-consuming.  Unlike political elections, where change is often seen, it is unfortunately extremely difficult to take control of a company.  By the end of last week, I realized that although many large shareholders supported …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming - New, more specific speed tiers may come with a catch...  At the FCC's hearing on broadband yesterday in Pittsburgh, AT&T Senior Federal Regulatory Vice President Robert Quinn said the company would be changing the way way they advertise their broadband tiers …
Discussion: CrunchGear, CNN and johnon.com
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Jon Fortt / Techland:
Tech chiefs ponder the Internet's future
Discussion: CircleID
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Net Censorship Law Struck Down Again
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Josef Adalian / TVWeek.com:
‘Gossip Girl’ Again Streaming Online
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
ComScore's June US numbers: Facebook still gaining on MySpace …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Chernin On MySpace Effect On News Corp; Hulu International JVs
Tony Smith / The Register:
If your SSD sucks, blame Vista, says SSD vendor
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Mulls The iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
New iPods...new information
Discussion: MacRumors
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Facebook's Sandberg: Growth before monetization
Discussion: Techland
Nick Breckon / Shacknews:
Games for Windows Takes on Steam, Set to Launch PC Digital Content …
Discussion: Crave, TG Daily and The Tech Report
Rafik / Stay Connected:
Just Released: Windows Live for Windows Mobile
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Facebook Ads Going to Zero?  Lookery Lowers Its Guarantee to 7.5-Cent CPMs.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Some news from the editor's desk
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down