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2:25 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
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
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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InfoWorld:
San Francisco's mayor gets back keys to the network  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met with jailed IT administrator Terry Childs Monday, convincing him to hand over the administrative passwords to the city's multimillion dollar wide area network.  —  Childs made headlines last week …
John Oates / The Register:   Rogue SF sysadmin coughs up passwords
Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog:
Knol is open to everyone  —  A few months ago we announced that we were testing a new product called Knol.  Knols are authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects.  Today, we're making Knol available to everyone.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News.com
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Knol Launches: Like Wikipedia, With Moderation  —  After six months of testing, Google has formally rolled out Knol, a service designed to let people create pages of knowledge on any topic they choose.  While Google says Knol is not designed to compete with Wikipedia …
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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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
New AT&T Broadband Customer Additions Take Nose Dive …
Discussion: Light Reading
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: MediaFile and Tech Broiler
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
The Unlikely Integration Between Google News and Digg  —  TechCrunch reiterates the rumor that Google is about to acquire Digg.  “The two companies have reportedly signed a letter of intent and are close to a deal that will bring Digg under the Google News property.
Discussion: WebProNews and Neowin.net
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google In Final Negotiations To Acquire Digg For “Around $200 Million”
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
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: eWeek, Digital Daily and CrunchGear
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Cisco acquires Pure Networks, home networking software
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo can't fight off patent metroids, faces injunction  —  It seems that gaming controllers are the hot target for patent lawsuits, and patent holders are finding litigation a sound strategy.  After Sony lost its case against Immersion and, along with Microsoft, coughed up a hefty sum of money …
Discussion: Joystiq and Game|Life
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Facebook Day!  Say Hello To The Three Tier App System  —  Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco.  Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
FCC vote trickling in on XM-Sirius merger  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Communications Commission member who sought further concessions in a pending satellite radio buyout has withdrawn his offer after it failed to draw support.  —  Because of this, Democratic commissioner Jonathan Adesltein voted …
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 …
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Could peace be near for YouTube and Hollywood?
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T, DirecTV back MPAA's DVR-blocking initiative
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PR Newswire:
Verizon Wireless Reports Solid 2Q 2008 Growth Of 1.5 Million New Customers
Discussion: GigaOM and Geek.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Survey: Corporations hold out on Vista
Discussion: Startup Meme
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Embarq: Don't all users read our 5,000 word privacy policy?
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Call the Cable Guy. Again.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flock Launches Gloss; Customized Browser for Fashion and Entertainment
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Tarmo Virki / eWeek:
Nokia: Court Says Qualcomm Patent Invalid
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites
Palm:
Palm Centro Software Update for Sprint
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
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Internet Father Vint Cerf Says Telcos Harming National Interest
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zynga Raises $29 Million B Round (Led By Kleiner Perkins) …
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space
Discussion: Computerworld