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8:50 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?  —  Digg, the social voting news aggregator that is perhaps the web startup most dogged by sale rumors in all of Silicon Valley, is close to selling to Google for “around $200 million,” according to TechCrunch.
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.
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
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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
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
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Shuttleworth: Make Desktop Linux Better than Apple
Discussion: WinBeta
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 …
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Digg, Facebook Connect To Headline at f8Con
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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.
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
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 / CNET News.com:
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
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: Boing Boing
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Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Details on DNS flaw inadvertently leaked; researcher says patch now
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: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
What Role Did The Web Play In Capturing Karadzic?  —  News broke out across the world yesterday that Bosnian Serb war-time leader Radovan Karadzic had been captured after 12 years on the run.  Karadzic had adorned the top of the Interpol most wanted list for over a decade …
bbSync / BlackBerry Sync:
Drool some more over the BlackBerry Thunder “Touch Screen BlackBerry”  —  BlackBerry Thunder's camera in Landscape mode  —  The weeks starting off a little quiet in BlackBerry news, but we will make you drool some more.  Just in case you aren't drooling enough over the rumored BlackBerry Thunder.
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 and Virtualization.com
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 …
Discussion: Tech Beat, Valleywag and WebProNews
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
After staunch resistance, NAT may come to IPv6 after all
Discussion: eWeek and Broadband Politics
Kevinu / Gamerscore Blog:
Games fo Windows LIVE is now FREE
Discussion: Channel 10, Gizmodo and Engadget
Sarah Lacy:
Maybe Blogging Is Just a Loss-Leader?
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Convicted Spammer Flees Prison