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3:35 PM ET, July 23, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Bits and AppScout
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
SmoothSpan Blog:   The Advertising-Based Web 2.0 World is Losing Its Anti-Gravity Ray Too
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
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.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Reaches Tentative Deal To Approve XM-Sirius Merger  —  WASHINGTON - A tentative deal has been reached by a majority of commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission to approve the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., a FCC source close to the review said Wednesday.
Discussion: Orbitcast and Engadget
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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, eWeek and CrunchGear
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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Market Wire:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Pure Networks  —  Networking Management Software Enables Consumers to Enjoy Digital Technology That Simply Works and Simply Connects  —  Cisco (CSCO - News) today announced its intent to purchase privately held Pure Networks …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Kickstart 8220 Hands-On Hardware Review  —  The Web's First Review of the BlackBerry KickStart 8220.  —  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax!  It's time for another hands-on review of a yet to be officially announced or released BlackBerry smartphone.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Romanian phisher confesses to scam targeting financial giants  —  A Romanian man has admitted he took part in a sophisticated phishing scam that targeted PayPal and at least nine other financial institutions by tricking their customers into giving up their account credentials.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Industry group working on yet another wireless HD standard  —  Wireless high-definition television is hot.  The playing field is currently stuffed with a dizzying array of companies, technologies, and standard groups, all vying to be first-to-market with a competitively priced, visually pleasing, and (in)appropriately DRM'd solution.
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 …
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.
Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2008 Second-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today second-quarter earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $.15 compared with $.15 in the second quarter last year.
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Researcher ports Linux file system Ext2 to Singularity
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Mac version of Microsoft's Live Mesh previewed
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Be Buried In an iPhone, Vista or Boobies-Inspired Coffin
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Column: A Silver Lining for Web TV
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Researcher Seeks to Combine Semantic Search Methods
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T, DirecTV back MPAA's DVR-blocking initiative
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple may be moving the MacBook to sub-$1000 territory
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Call the Cable Guy. Again.
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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) …