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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Amazon Buys Zappos; The Price is $920m., not $847m.  —  News has just broken that Amazon.com has purchased hot ecommerce up-and-comer Zappos for 10 million Amazon shares or $880 million.  (The Amazon release said it was $807 million, but that was based on a trailing 45-day estimate of its share price.
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Tony Hsieh / Zappos.com:
CEO Letter  —  Please set aside 20 minutes to carefully read this entire email.  (My apologies for the occasional use of formal-sounding language, as parts of it are written in a particular way for legal reasons.)  — Today is a big day in Zappos history.  — This morning …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Zappos.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Zappos.com, Inc. a leader in online apparel and footwear sales that strives to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection.
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Zappos CEO Wanted To Stay Independent, Sequoia Wanted Liquidity—Sources  —  The decision to sell hot online shoe retailer Zappos to Amazon.com was more in line with the interests of Sequoia Capital than the company's CEO, according to two sources close to the company.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Getting the Goods: The New Amazon/Zappos Supply Chain Story  —  Beloved online shoe retailer Zappos has announced it will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon in exchange for almost a billion dollars worth of Amazon stock.  Both of these companies are interesting because they have mastered making …
Thanks:phclouin
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Guess Who Lost Big on the Zappos Deal?
Discussion: Between the Lines
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing  —  I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM'd!  —  As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs.  What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
They're soup: Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 released to manufacturing  —  Windows 7 has been a tightly controlled product from its first days on the drawing board.  The last milestone is proving to be no exception: On July 22, at precisely 4:40 p.m. ET, Microsoft announced it had released …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
For Some, Move To Windows 7 Will Be Tough
Discussion: Computerworld
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft says Windows 7 is done, goodbye Vista
Discussion: ithinkdifferent
Bryan Lamkin / Yodel Anecdotal:
Xoopit + Yahoo! Mail = Moving beyond that massive digital shoebox  —  If your email inbox is anything like mine, it's turned into a “digital shoebox” over the years.  It's full of hundreds or maybe thousands of special photos that have been shared by close friends and family members, but they're not organized in any particular way.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Friendster founder on social networking: I invented this stuff [UPDATED]  —  Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams poses in front of the logo for his start-up company, Socializr, at a Lunch 2.0 event in 2007.  Credit: Terry Chay … The millions of high school and college kids on Facebook probably …
Discussion: blackrimglasses and digg.com, Thanks:electricwaffles
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Gmail Offers to Automatically Unsubscribe You from Mailing Lists  —  Ever get an email from a legit mailing list but went ahead and marked it as spam anyway because you just don't want it?  Gmail has smartened up to this common behavior, offering to automatically unsubscribe you from certain messages.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Mobile Internet Use Shrinks Digital Divide  —  Quick: Picture an Internet aficionado, circa 1995.  —  The first image that comes to my mind is Dennis Nedry, the embryo thief in “Jurassic Park,” who met his untimely end facing down a dinosaur in a soggy mud pit.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
What the Heck Is Going on With Apple TV?  —  Apple, during its quarterly earnings call yesterday, didn't bring up its stepchild set-top box, the Apple TV.  For those who follow the video industry, this is more of a predictable disappointment than a shocker.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are Ad Networks Coming Back?  And is That Good For Web Publishers?  —  When will the online ad market finally bouncing back?  We've yet to see it in Q2 earnings reports from the likes of Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO).  —  But one observer says it's already here: Ad optimization firm Pubmatic reports …
Discussion: Tech Beat
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Adobe confirms Flash zero-day bug in PDF docs  —  Hackers exploiting flaw already in the wild, says iDefense  —  Computerworld - Adobe is investigating a critical vulnerability in its Flash format that is currently being exploited by hackers using malicious PDF documents …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft opened Linux-driver code after ‘violating’ GPL  —  Traded credibility for kudos?  —  Microsoft was in violation of the GPL (General Public License) on the Hyper-V code it released to open source this week.  —  After Redmond covered itself in glory by opening up the code …
internetnews.com:
Microsoft, Red Hat Renew Linux Patent Spat  —  From the blogs: Microsoft's code contribution doesn't mean it's letting Linux off the hook.  —  By Sean Michael Kerner: More stories by this author:  —  A command line view of IT  —  From the “Can Open Source and Patents Get Along?” files:
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Facing Scrutiny, Google Steps Up Lobbying  —  Google spent $950,000 lobbying lawmakers, regulators and the White House on issues ranging from cloud computing to copyright in the second quarter, according to public lobbying disclosures.  —  The sum tops the $880,000 it spent in the first quarter …
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
How The Times' Home Page Gets Made  —  By most counts, New York Times deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman still considers the front page of the printed newspaper a sacred space, a place where editors and reporters display their best work and uphold the tradition of The Times' quality reporting.
Discussion: Mediaite and Silicon Alley Insider
Sameer Moidu / Facebook Blog:
Share Photos and Videos Anywhere You Have Email  —  After you snap a great photo of friends or shoot a fun video on vacation, you want to be able to share it immediately.  We've been working on providing more ways to publish those photos and videos whether you're on Facebook.com or not.
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Backs Down On Bluwiki Threats  —  Apple has retracted its legal threats against public wiki hosting site Bluwiki, and, in response, EFF is dismissing its lawsuit against Apple over those threats.  —  The skirmish involved a set of anonymously authored wiki pages in which hobbyists …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Google-Cash-Swapping-Orgy Blimp  —  Google hasn't been shy about sharing its riches with select friends outside the company.  And the number one rule of this tightly-knit group seems to be: spread the love.  Which brings us to 23AndMe's new, very incestuous blimp.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Forrester: Vista on 12% of corporate desktops, Mac on 3.6%  —  Windows XP still holds 86%, as grandchild Windows 7 goes RTM  —  Computerworld - The much-maligned Windows Vista operating system runs on almost one out of eight corporate desktops 28 months after its release, according to a Forrester Research report released today.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Negotiating A Reorganization; TicketMaster May Be Flushed Out  —  We've confirmed from multiple sources that San Francisco/Seattle based music service iLike, which has been profitable since 2008, is raising new capital in an unusual transaction designed to push out Ticketmaster, an investor since 2006.
Discussion: TechFlash and CNET News
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Feds suffer from ‘serious’ IT security talent shortage  —  New report counts the ways  —  Free whitepaper - The starter PKI program  —  The United States government faces a serious shortage of skilled cybersecurity specialists, according to a new report, which estimates the country may need …
Discussion: eWeek and TG Daily
internetnews.com:
IBM Tightens Ties With Cisco and Its Rivals  —  Juniper gets a little closer to Big Blue.  —  IBM is expanding its networking products portfolio today with new offerings from Juniper, Cisco and Brocade — a move that enhances Big Blue's capacity to offer switching gear while also keeping …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and GigaOM
 
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
People the weak link in cybersecurity: report
Discussion: Techgeist and CloudAve
Newsweek:
Has Facebook changed our ideas about privacy?
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Fair Syndication Consortium Gets Its First Ad Network: AdBrite
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Disney's Iger: Content need not be free
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware: ‘Somewhat better visibility’ ahead
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance and The Register
Vivian Yeo / CNET News:
Chinese firms behind ‘Sexy Space’ Trojan
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM and The Internet of Things
 Earlier Items: 
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Techdom's Two Cold Wars
Discussion: The Open Road
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Updated: Bankrate Being Acquired By Apax For $571 Million in Cash …
Discussion: SEC Info and Pulse2
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Rumored New Apple iPod Touch Will Be Huge for VoIP, Multimedia
Discussion: Crave and The Mobile Gadgeteer
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
AG in SC asks judge to drop Craigslist lawsuit