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12:55 AM ET, July 23, 2008

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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.
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Regular Geek:
The Google Digg Purchase Would Mean Nothing to You.  —  If you read this blog regularly, it probably means you are involved in social media and most likely an early adopter.  If not, then you are probably just a hardcore geek looking for a geek fix.  Given that this is my audience …
Discussion: WinBeta
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Third Time The Charm? Google Reportedly Buying Digg, Again (GOOG)
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog - One Less Independent Blog In The World  —  Blogging network GigaOm will announce the acquisition of the small but excellent mobile-focused blog jkOnTheRun this evening.  Founders James Kendrick and Kevin Tofel will remain in Houston and continue doing their thing.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Giga Omni Media acquires jkOnTheRun!
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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
Discussion: Valleywag
Fred / A VC:   Transitions  —  The word transition is so loaded that I hate to use it.
The Storque:
Etsy Announcement: New Roles at Etsy Inc.
Sarah Lacy:
Maybe Blogging Is Just a Loss-Leader?  —  I keep thinking about this blogging crossroads and the beauty of small.  Then today came Robert Scoble's post about how tech blogging has let you down.  It's not hugely applicable to me since I am a business reporter, and he takes pains to separate business blogging from tech blogging.
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louisgray.com:
Bloggers' Interactions With Readers Decrease With Prominence  —  Guest post by Hutch Carpenter of I'm Not Actually a Geek (FriendFeed/Twitter).  —  I had an interesting discussion with Robert Seidman on FriendFeed about whether bloggers need to actually interact with their readers.
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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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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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.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Talk of Chief's Health Weighs on Apple's Share Price
Discussion: One More Thing
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
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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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.
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
What Will We Do When Growth is No Longer the “In Thing” Anymore?  (Web Startups)  —  I was reading Scoble's post and another post in Hank Williams' blog, both of which touch (in different ways) on what's happening in the world of technology startups.  Scoble focuses on the shift in talking …
Discussion: WinExtra
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:   The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Glimpse of big Vista campaign?  Microsoft says no  —  The big tech sites are abuzz today with news of a Windows Vista promotion spotted on Microsoft.com by Ed Bott, the eagle-eyed Windows author and blogger.  The banner showed an early sailing ship on the open seas, with the sentence …
Discussion: Business Technology and Bits
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Tony Smith / The Register:
If your SSD sucks, blame Vista, says SSD vendor
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules  —  New Features  —  The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo.  Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Exec: We're Selling Ads Against ‘Less Than 3%’ Of Our Videos  —  We know Google's (GOOG) YouTube is a tough sell for advertisers.  But video site's sales team may be having an even tougher time than recent reports suggest.  —  YouTube sales manager Brian Cusack says YouTube is able …
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Is social media becoming a vast wasteland?  —  Gautam Ghosh, one of my favorite Indian bloggers recently posted how much he and other fans enjoyed talking with popular Indian Ramayana series author Ashok Banker via the author's blog, Twitter and FriendFeed.
 
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
A Wii Bit Short On Supplies
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
After staunch resistance, NAT may come to IPv6 after all
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
ESPN Rolls Out New Search Platform This Week; Foundation Of …
Kevinu / Gamerscore Blog:
Games fo Windows LIVE is now FREE
Discussion: Channel 10 and Engadget
Jon Fortt / Techland:
Tech chiefs ponder the Internet's future
Discussion: CircleID
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Net Censorship Law Struck Down Again
Discussion: Techdirt, DailyTech and Slashdot
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Convicted Spammer Flees Prison
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
ComScore's June US numbers: Facebook still gaining on MySpace …
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Chernin On MySpace Effect On News Corp; Hulu International JVs
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
How I Spent My Weekend  —  Proxy fights are very expensive and time-consuming.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Mulls The iPhone
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Facebook's Sandberg: Growth before monetization
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