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10:45 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 and outside of Google.  The two companies have reportedly signed a letter …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Why doesn't Google build its own Digg like Yahoo and AOL did?
Discussion: Webware.com, ZDNet.com.au and WinBeta
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Digg, Facebook Connect to Headline at f8Con
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Some Facebook Apps Are Actually More Equal Than Others
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Third Time The Charm? Google Reportedly Buying Digg, Again (GOOG)
Discussion: Neowin.net and 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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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Giga Omni Media acquires jkOnTheRun!  —  jkOnTheRun joins the ranks of GigaOM  —  Today Kevin and I are incredibly excited to bring you some great news about jkOnTheRun!  Our little tech blog has been acquired by the great Giga Omni Media group, home of GigaOm blog among others.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog - One Less Independent Blog In The World
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and HipMojo.com
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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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
SF mayor gets codes to hijacked city network  —  The computer network hostage crisis in San Francisco is over, thanks to the city's mayor.  —  Terry Childs, a network administrator for the city of San Francisco, has been in custody since July 13 on four felony charges of taking control …
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
Discussion: The Register and WinBeta
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Who says you can't make money in open source?  —  There's a thought out there that you can't make money with open-source software.  This evening on the way to a gathering of open-source CEOs I witnessed something that just might contradict this.  —  Now, I'm not going to say whose car this is …
Discussion: eWeek
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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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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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:
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Kaminsky on How He Discovered DNS Flaw and More  —  Dan Kaminsky is understandably swamped today, given the unexpected early release of information about the critical DNS flaw he discovered that potentially affects the security of every web site on the internet.
Discussion: Furrier.org, BroadDev and Boing Boing
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Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Details on DNS flaw inadvertently leaked; researcher says patch now
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.
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Free ebooks— some for a limited time only  —  A friend of mine told me recently about tor.com, a new site managed by Tor Books, part of the Macmillan publishing group.  —  There's something cool going on there for just the next few days, and if you've bought Amazon's Kindle or Sony Reader …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Inching closer to wireless hi-def video  —  The backers of Wireless Home Digital Interface plan to announce they are officially banding together Wednesday.  But we're still months, or even a year from true, interoperable devices that can send high-definition video between themselves.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Get ready for wireless HD video...maybe
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites  —  Cyber-criminals have attacked key government and consumer websites, allowing them to steal the personal details of anyone browsing the sites, The Times has learnt.  —  Eastern European hackers are suspected of placing …
Discussion: The Register
Brian “Krow” Aker's Idle Thoughts:
Drizzle, Clouds, “What If?”  —  Have you ever wanted to know what would happen if you had taken a different direction?  —  A number of months ago I was on the phone with the Rackspace CTO talking about Memcached and Gearman, and the work I am doing there.  He had asked me if I had ever thought …
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory, webmonkey and Labnotes
InfoWorld:
VMware to offer low-footprint ESX hypervisor free  —  VMware Tuesday said it will offer the small-footprint version of its ESX virtualization software free, responding to pressure from Microsoft and other companies that are threatening VMware's lead in the virtualization market.
Discussion: eWeek and Virtualization.com
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Tarmo Virki / eWeek:
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zynga Raises $29 Million B Round (Led By Kleiner Perkins) …
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