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3:55 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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Regular Geek:
The Google Digg Purchase Would Mean Nothing to You.  —  If you read this blog regularly, it probably means you are involved in social media and most likely an early adopter.  If not, then you are probably just a hardcore geek looking for a geek fix.  Given that this is my audience …
Discussion: Neowin.net and WinBeta
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Third Time The Charm? Google Reportedly Buying Digg, Again (GOOG)
Discussion: 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  —  Blogging network GigaOm will announce the acquisition of the small but excellent mobile-focused blog jkOnTheRun this evening.  Founders James Kendrick and Kevin Tofel will remain in Houston and continue doing their thing.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebMetricsGuru
Chad Dickerson:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it's best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch).  I'm leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO.  I'll save my thoughts on Etsy for later …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chad Dickerson To Leave Yahoo For Etsy
Discussion: Valleywag
Fred / A VC:   Transitions  —  The word transition is so loaded that I hate to use it.
The Storque:
Etsy Announcement: New Roles at Etsy Inc.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The Real Issue About Steve's Health  —  After the earnings call last night I talked with a source who is close to Apple and who who has in the past proven very well informed on the concerns of Apple senior management.  This source told me with near-certainty that Jobs' cancer has not returned.
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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.
MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’  —  Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!  —  So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion: … MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor.
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Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Is social media becoming a vast wasteland?  —  Gautam Ghosh, one of my favorite Indian bloggers recently posted how much he and other fans enjoyed talking with popular Indian Ramayana series author Ashok Banker via the author's blog, Twitter and FriendFeed.
Sarah Lacy:
Maybe Blogging Is Just a Loss-Leader?  —  I keep thinking about this blogging crossroads and the beauty of small.  Then today came Robert Scoble's post about how tech blogging has let you down.  It's not hugely applicable to me since I am a business reporter, and he takes pains to separate business blogging from tech blogging.
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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.
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
Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo earnings decline, miss estimates  —  Yahoo's earnings for its second quarter came in 1 cent lower than expectations, with net income declining 19 percent and revenue a bit light as well, but the company called the quarter “strong.”  —  Using generally accepted accounting principles …
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Net Censorship Law Struck Down Again  —  A federal appeals court struck down as unconstitutional a Clinton-era law that would have forced websites with adult material to verify visitors' ages, dealing another blow to the government in a 10-year court battle over net censorship.
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:   Court affirms online content law unconstitutional
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Glimpse of big Vista campaign?  Microsoft says no  —  The big tech sites are abuzz today with news of a Windows Vista promotion spotted on Microsoft.com by Ed Bott, the eagle-eyed Windows author and blogger.  The banner showed an early sailing ship on the open seas, with the sentence …
Discussion: Bits and Business Technology
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Exec: We're Selling Ads Against ‘Less Than 3%’ Of Our Videos  —  We know Google's (GOOG) YouTube is a tough sell for advertisers.  But video site's sales team may be having an even tougher time than recent reports suggest.  —  YouTube sales manager Brian Cusack says YouTube is able …
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space  —  The medical industry is one that thrives on innovation and evolution.  New procedures, medicines, diseases, and theories are released practically every day.  In such an environment, the need for a website to reflect and allow for documentation is apparent.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules  —  New Features  —  The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo.  Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps …
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress app hits the iPhone fashionably late
Kerry Vance / Press:
Joost and TOM Group Announce Joint Venture in China
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
bbSync / BlackBerry Sync:
Drool some more over the BlackBerry Thunder “Touch Screen BlackBerry”
Pelle / Stake Ventures:
How the Man finally brought e-gold down
Discussion: Industry Standard and Zero Day
Felix / #comments:
Of course the iPhone is a gaming platform and a computing one, too.
Chris Morris / Forbes:
A Wii Bit Short On Supplies
Discussion: Kotaku and Game|Life
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Open Web Foundation
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
After staunch resistance, NAT may come to IPv6 after all
Discussion: eWeek and Broadband Politics
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
ESPN Rolls Out New Search Platform This Week; Foundation Of …
Kevinu / Gamerscore Blog:
Games fo Windows LIVE is now FREE
Discussion: Channel 10, Engadget and Gizmodo
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
What Will We Do When Growth is No Longer the “In Thing” …
Jon Fortt / Techland:
Tech chiefs ponder the Internet's future
Discussion: CircleID
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Convicted Spammer Flees Prison
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
ComScore's June US numbers: Facebook still gaining on MySpace …
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
How I Spent My Weekend  —  Proxy fights are very expensive and time-consuming.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Dow Jones Mulls The iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News