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1:55 PM ET, July 23, 2008

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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Shuttleworth: Make Desktop Linux Better than Apple  —  Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, calls on Linux developers to make the presentation layer of desktop Linux applications even more attractive to users than Apple's Mac OS.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical …
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple  —  OSCON Billionaire, cosmonaut and founder of the fast-growing Ubuntu Linux distro Mark Shuttleworth dreams impossible dreams.  —  No, not a return to the stars.  He believes in something that's far harder for mortal open source engineers to achieve.
Discussion: Download Squad
Robert Strohmeyer / PC World:
Ubuntu Puts Big Emphasis on Small PCs at OSCON
Discussion: OStatic blogs and PalmAddicts
Business Wire:
AT&T Delivers Solid Second-Quarter Results Highlighted by Strong Wireless Growth, Double-Digit Increase in IP Data Revenues, Further Ramp in AT&T U-verse TV Subscribers  — $0.63 reported earnings per diluted share, up 34.0 percent versus $0.47 in the year-earlier second quarter
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Posts Solid Q2 In “Challenging” Environment, Says It's Selling New iPhones Twice As Fast As Old iPhones  —  A solid Q2 from AT&T (T) despite concerns that a weaker U.S. economy would pinch the telco.  AT&T posted $30.9 billion in revenue, up 4.7% year-over-year and slightly short of Wall Street's $31.2 billion estimate.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
New AT&T Broadband Customer Additions Take Nose Dive …
Discussion: Light Reading
San Francisco Chronicle:
Lawyer says client was protecting city's code  —  (07-22) 18:02 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco computer engineer accused of withholding access codes to the city's network surrendered the password during an unusual jailhouse visit by Mayor Gavin Newsom, authorities said Tuesday.
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InfoWorld:   San Francisco's mayor gets back keys to the network
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Meetup - The Original Web Meets World Company  —  Something is changing on the web.  We have lost some of the giddy enthusiasm that has surrounded the web since 2004.  It was then that Tim O'Reilly defined Web 2.0 as a platform that leveraged collective intelligence.
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Fred / A VC:
Our Newest Portfolio Company: Meetup  —  My partner Brad starts his post on our newest investment, Meetup, with a rumination on what's causing the introspection that we in web investing land are going through.  And he ends his thoughts on that topic with the following:
Discussion: paidContent.org
Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Pure Networks  —  Networking Management Software Enables Consumers to Enjoy Digital Technology That Simply Works and Simply Connects  —  Cisco today announced its intent to purchase privately held Pure Networks, a Seattle-based leader in home networking-management software and tools.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Cisco acquires Pure Networks, home networking software
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 and outside of Google.  The two companies have reportedly signed a letter …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Talk of Chief's Health Weighs on Apple's Share Price  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Rumors of Steven P. Jobs's ill health have been greatly exaggerated.  —  That is what Mr. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, has been telling a number of his associates, even as concerns about his health have weighed on the company's stock price.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Phone Giants Fight to Keep Subscribers  —  With millions of people snapping up the iPhone, AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the popular phone, should be quite pleased with the stream of revenue it can expect from customers.  —  But AT&T, the biggest telecommunications company in the United States …
Discussion: Digital Daily and CrunchGear
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple may be moving the MacBook to sub-$1000 territory  —  Apple's Q3 earnings call didn't contain many surprises.  Though Apple doesn't typically “comment on unannounced products” in this setting, CFO Peter Oppenheimer repeatedly referred to “future product transitions that I can't discuss at this time …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple may be eying sub-$1000 notebook market
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and MacRumors
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Acquires jkOnTheRun  —  In the life of every company, there comes a time when it is faced with the choice of how to extend its reach: Either build a new product or service, or acquire the one that's already established itself as the best in its class.
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Giga Omni Media acquires jkOnTheRun!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Facebook Day!  Say Hello To The Three Tier App System  —  Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco.  Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
FCC vote trickling in on XM-Sirius merger  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Communications Commission member who sought further concessions in a pending satellite radio buyout has withdrawn his offer after it failed to draw support.  —  Because of this, Democratic commissioner Jonathan Adesltein voted …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
AT&T developing voice-controlled iPhone apps (video)  —  AT&T has developed a software trick that will let modern mobile handsets, including Apple Inc's iPhone, recognize voice commands without the need for specialized voice recognition software.  —  The research project is based on a new version …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zynga Raises $29 Million B Round (Led By Kleiner Perkins) and Buys Virtual-World Facebook App YoVille  —  Social gaming network Zynga just got some serious funding.  It raised $29 million in a B round led by Kleiner Perkins.  (IVP and prior investors Union Square Ventures …
Palm:
Palm Centro Software Update for Sprint  —  This software update is a tune-up that improves email, IM, and general device usability under certain conditions.  —  The Sprint Palm® Centro™ software update 1.07 offers the following performance enhancements:
 
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PR Newswire:
Verizon Wireless Reports Solid 2Q 2008 Growth Of 1.5 Million New Customers
Discussion: GigaOM and Geek.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Survey: Corporations hold out on Vista
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Embarq: Don't all users read our 5,000 word privacy policy?
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo can't fight off patent metroids, faces injunction
Discussion: Bloomberg, Engadget and Kotaku
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Call the Cable Guy. Again.
Business Wire:
Samsung Delivers 2nd Generation LED-Backlit LCD HDTV with New Series 9 LED LCD HDTV
Discussion: Engadget, Engadget HD and Ubergizmo
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flock Launches Gloss; Customized Browser for Fashion and Entertainment
Discussion: The Next Web
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Top Spammer Sentenced to Nearly Four Years
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Tarmo Virki / eWeek:
Nokia: Court Says Qualcomm Patent Invalid
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Free sci-fi e-books, for a limited time
Discussion: TeleRead and PalmAddicts
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
The Tech Worker Perception Gap
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Kaminsky on How He Discovered DNS Flaw and More
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space
Discussion: Computerworld