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11:25 AM ET, July 26, 2008

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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Apple's Culture of Secrecy  —  “No one wants to die,” said Apple's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.  “And yet death is the destination we all share.  No one has ever escaped it.”  —  It was a little over three years ago that Mr. Jobs spoke those existential words, in a commencement address at Stanford.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Satellite Radio Merger Approved  —  The government has approved the long-delayed merger of the nation's only satellite radio companies, combining Sirius and XM into a single entity with 18 million subscribers.  —  The decision last night came almost a year and a half after the companies first proposed joining.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Official: Sirius-XM Gets Thumbs Up From FCC (SIRI, XMSR)  —  The deal-that-never-wants-to-go- through is finally through: Late today, the FCC finally approved Sirius' (SIRI) $3.6 billion merger with rival satellite radio operator XM (XMSR).  —  An embarrassment for the FCC, which took way too long to give the deal the thumbs-up.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Approves XM-Sirius Merger  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission approved in a 3-2 vote Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s buyout of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Friday night, after days of wrangling over last-minute conditions.  —  Republican Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate voted …
InfoWorld:
San Francisco DA discloses city's network passwords  —  In its bid to protect the city from one computer security risk, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office may very well have created another.  —  The office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has made public close …
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Datamation:
San Francisco Hack: Where Was the Oversight?  —  If the City of San Francisco were a public corporation and allowed a blunder on par with the recent Terry Childs case, it might find itself facing federal investigation and Mayor Gavin Newsom might be fighting to stay out of jail, experts said.
Apple:
MobileMe Status  —  Steve Jobs has asked me to write a posting every other day or so to let everyone know what's happening with MobileMe, and I'm working directly with the MobileMe group to ensure that we keep you really up to date.  In the 14 days since we launched, it's been a rocky road …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Hammer drops at last: FCC opposes Comcast P2P throttling  —  Once FCC Chair Kevin Martin announced his support for sanctions against Comcast, penalties looked inevitable.  The two Democrats on the Commission, long supportive of network neutrality, seemed set to vote along with Martin …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Walks Away From Digg Deal  —  The Google/Digg acquisition negotiations were in full swing as of last Tuesday, had passed the term sheet stage and the two companies were in final negotiations in the $200 million range.  But sometime this last week Google decided to walk from the deal.
Discussion: The Next Web and Digg
Sam Ramji / Port 25:
history.forward()  —  I'm writing this from Portland, Oregon where one of the world's largest Open Source conferences is taking place: OSCON.  This year's event is focused on a theme of “ten years of open source,” referring to 1998 as the year that Eric S. Raymond, Danese Cooper, et al coined the term.
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Kara Jesella / New York Times:
Blogging's Glass Ceiling  —  FOR two days last week, many of the men's bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women's bathrooms.  The stalls on the second floor were lined with note cards featuring nurturing messages like “You are perfect.”
Discussion: ben barren and Gawker
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
21 months later, Vista is still more secure than XP  —  Last October, roughly one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows Vista, I did a comparison of how well Windows Vista was living up to its promise of being more secure than its predecessor, Windows XP (see “One year later, Vista really is more secure").
Discussion: DygiScape
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Promotes “The Dark Knight” Leak  —  The Pirate Bay is messing with Hollywood again, as they've put up a new logo which links to pirated copies of the blockbuster movie “The Dark Knight”.  Although Warner did all it can to protect the film from leaking, a Cam version leaked onto BitTorrent sites soon after it premiered.
Discussion: Slyck, Startup Meme and Digg
Business Wire:
Gateway Moves to 100 Percent Indirect Sales Model  —  Gateway Continues to Offer its Complete Line of Award Winning Products to Consumers via Retailers and Channel Partners  —  IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Gateway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Acer Inc., today announced a shift …
Discussion: Technologizer and TechBlog
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gateway stops selling PCs direct
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Arn / MacRumors:
Speculation About a ‘MacBook Touch’ Builds  —  Speculation about a possible Apple tablet has started infiltrating the mainstream media with an article on ABCNews summarizing public reaction to this possibility.  The buzz about Apple's next product kicked into high gear after Apple's Peter …
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Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:
Rumor: ‘MacBook Touch’ in the Works
Discussion: TeleRead
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple says, “Want to hack iPhones for a living?”  —  Are you tired of seeing all your hard iPhone hacking work go unappreciated?  Do you long for a chance to work for Apple while still poking around for flaws in the iPhone OS?  Wait no longer, intrepid code ninja, for Apple may have just the job for you.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Misleading Blog Post: The Size Of The Web And The Size Of Their Index Are Very Different  —  In a blog post today Google says they've identified 1 trillion unique URLs on the web.  It's actually more, they say, but some web pages have multiple URLs with exactly the same content …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google “Knows” About 1 Trillion Web Items
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Surpasses U.S. in Number of Internet Users  —  SHANGHAI — China said the number of Internet users in the country reached about 253 million last month, putting it ahead of the United States as the world's biggest Internet market.  —  The estimate, based on a national phone survey …
Discussion: Global by Design
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PC Pro:
ISP threatens to walk out of illegal file-sharing pact
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.1 SDK Disappointments
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Foxconn snubs Linux users
Taylor Singletary / The LinkedIn Blog:
Xobni and LexisNexis integrate with LinkedIn
Kevin Maney / Portfolio.com:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Curtains for the Observer Roles on the Facebook Board?
Discussion: Valleywag
Austin Modine / The Register:
Europe approves HP purchase of EDS
Discussion: Docu-Drama
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Discussion: Startup Meme and everwas
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V.C. Advice to Entrepreneurs: It's Not All About the iPhone
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Gaping holes in RealPlayer patched
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Roll Your Own Digg: Coming in Six Months
Discussion: Maximum PC all and VentureBeat
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Software Group Weighs Piracy Lawsuit Against EBay
Discussion: Startup Meme