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11:35 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 and broadstuff
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Digg, Facebook Connect to Headline at f8Con
Discussion: BoomTown, WebProNews and All Facebook
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 …
IDG News Service:   San Francisco's Mayor Gets Back Keys to the Network
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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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog - One Less Independent Blog In The World
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and HipMojo.com
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 and AppScout
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:
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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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.
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 …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
The Tech Worker Perception Gap  —  Businesses are hiring more and more information-technology pros.  But these workers' confidence levels are at an all-time low.  —  Over the last year, employment for IT pros is up 10%.  It's one of the few bright spots in an economy that is otherwise shedding jobs.
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Tarmo Virki / eWeek:
Nokia: Court Says Qualcomm Patent Invalid  —  The German court becomes the third to rule in favor of Nokia in the 11 lawsuits filed by Qualcomm alleging patent infringement.  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top cellphone maker Nokia said the German Federal Patent Court ruled on Wednesday …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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, Labnotes and webmonkey
 
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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
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites
Discussion: The Register
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
E3: great show for games, not for glitz. Our four fixes
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Music industry: Sky sets up rival for iTunes with Universal deal
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Inching closer to wireless hi-def video
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
What Role Did The Web Play In Capturing Karadzic?
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress app hits the iPhone fashionably late
bbSync / BlackBerry Sync:
Drool some more over the BlackBerry Thunder “Touch Screen BlackBerry”
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Is social media becoming a vast wasteland?
Chris Morris / Forbes:
A Wii Bit Short On Supplies
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Exec: We're Selling Ads Against ‘Less Than 3%’ Of Our Videos
Sarah Lacy:
Maybe Blogging Is Just a Loss-Leader?