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11:15 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Digg, Facebook Connect to Headline at f8Con
Discussion: Inside 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
Discussion: Inquirer and 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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Posts Solid Q2, Says It's Selling New iPhones Twice As Fast As Old iPhones  —  A solid Q2 from AT&T (T) despite concerns that a weaker U.S. economy would pinch the telco.  AT&T posted $30.9 billion in revenue, up 4.7% year-over-year and slightly short of Wall Street's $31.2 billion estimate.
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.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog - One Less Independent Blog In The World
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and HipMojo.com
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?
Discussion: eWeek
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:
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
A firm tries to patent online wish lists in Europe.  Shall we stop them?
Discussion: broadstuff and Slashdot
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
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
The Tech Worker Perception Gap
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Music industry: Sky sets up rival for iTunes with Universal deal
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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) …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress app hits the iPhone fashionably late
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Drool some more over the BlackBerry Thunder “Touch Screen BlackBerry”
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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?