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1:25 PM ET, July 23, 2008

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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 …
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple  —  OSCON Billionaire, cosmonaut and founder of the fast-growing Ubuntu Linux distro Mark Shuttleworth dreams impossible dreams.  —  No, not a return to the stars.  He believes in something that's far harder for mortal open source engineers to achieve.
Discussion: Download Squad
InfoWorld:
Ubuntu founder urges Linux desktop to rival Apple
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Robert Strohmeyer / PC World:
Ubuntu Puts Big Emphasis on Small PCs at OSCON
Discussion: OStatic blogs and PalmAddicts
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 In “Challenging” Environment, 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.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
New AT&T Broadband Customer Additions Take Nose Dive …
Discussion: Light Reading
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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IDG News Service:   San Francisco's Mayor Gets Back Keys to the Network
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?
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Meetup - The Original Web Meets World Company  —  Something is changing on the web.  We have lost some of the giddy enthusiasm that has surrounded the web since 2004.  It was then that Tim O'Reilly defined Web 2.0 as a platform that leveraged collective intelligence.
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Fred / A VC:
Our Newest Portfolio Company: Meetup  —  My partner Brad starts his post on our newest investment, Meetup, with a rumination on what's causing the introspection that we in web investing land are going through.  And he ends his thoughts on that topic with the following:
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Worries Over Jobs's Health Weighs on the Stock
Discussion: Tech Broiler
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple may be moving the MacBook to sub-$1000 territory  —  Apple's Q3 earnings call didn't contain many surprises.  Though Apple doesn't typically “comment on unannounced products” in this setting, CFO Peter Oppenheimer repeatedly referred to “future product transitions that I can't discuss at this time …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple may be eying sub-$1000 notebook market
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and MacRumors
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!
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo can't fight off patent metroids, faces injunction
Discussion: Engadget, Bloomberg and Kotaku
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Facebook Day! Say Hello To The Three Tier App System
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Cuomo strong-arms Comcast over Usenet
Discussion: CNET News.com
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, Engadget HD and Ubergizmo
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
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Top Spammer Sentenced to Nearly Four Years
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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Pure Networks
Tarmo Virki / eWeek:
Nokia: Court Says Qualcomm Patent Invalid
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Free sci-fi e-books, for a limited time
Discussion: TeleRead and PalmAddicts
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
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Who says you can't make money in open source?
Discussion: eWeek