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12:05 PM 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, WebProNews and broadstuff
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Digg, Facebook Connect to Headline at f8Con
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: Inquirer
IDG News Service:
San Francisco's Mayor Gets Back Keys to the Network  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met with jailed IT administrator Terry Childs Monday, convincing him to hand over the administrative passwords to the city's multimillion dollar wide area network.  —  Childs made headlines last week …
San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  S.F. mayor gets keys to city's computer
Discussion: ZDNet Government, eWeek and AppScout
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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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
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, Computerworld and WinBeta
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Who says you can't make money in open source?
Discussion: eWeek
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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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 …
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.
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:
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
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.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest  —  By Tom Foremski - July 22, 2008 Vint Cerf, father of the Internet and chief Internet evangelist for Google.  —  I interviewed Mr Cerf at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Half Moon Bay.  He often speaks about net neutrality.
Discussion: DSLreports and Tom Foremski: IMHO
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 …
 
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Call the Cable Guy. Again.
Discussion: CrunchGear and News Headlines
Business Wire:
Samsung Delivers 2nd Generation LED-Backlit LCD HDTV with New Series 9 LED LCD HDTV
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple may be eying sub-$1000 notebook market
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
A firm tries to patent online wish lists in Europe.  Shall we stop them?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flock Launches Gloss; Customized Browser for Fashion and Entertainment
Discussion: The Next Web
BBC:
MySpace signs up to OpenID scheme
Discussion: Slashdot
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Top Spammer Sentenced to Nearly Four Years
Tarmo Virki / eWeek:
Nokia: Court Says Qualcomm Patent Invalid
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites
Discussion: The Register
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
The Tech Worker Perception Gap
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Kaminsky on How He Discovered DNS Flaw and More
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Inching closer to wireless hi-def video
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
What Role Did The Web Play In Capturing Karadzic?
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress app hits the iPhone fashionably late
bbSync / BlackBerry Sync:
Drool some more over the BlackBerry Thunder “Touch Screen BlackBerry”