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5:30 PM ET, July 8, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Spat with Rogers leaves Canadian Apple stores without iPhones  —  Apple, disgusted with Rogers Wireless for dumping egregious service plans on would-be iPhone 3G buyers, has decided that its Canadian retail stores will have no part in helping the carrier market the new handset to customers, AppleInsider has learned.
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Is This the First iPhone 3G Unboxing?  —  A poster over at iPhonePortugal has revealed some photos of what they claim is the first iPhone 3G unboxing.  Apparently it's the 8GB version, and it certainly looks it, with its rounded back already carrying fingerprint smudges.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 3G on Friday
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macworld
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:   Apple/Rogers spat overblown: never any plans to sell iPhone 3G at Apple retail
Business Wire:
VMware Announces Change in Executive Leadership  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—VMware's Board of Directors announced today that it has made a change in the leadership of the company with the departure of Diane Greene as President and CEO.  VMware's Board of Directors has appointed Paul Maritz …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple may have shipped 2.5 million Macs in spring thanks to Vista  —  The poor reception of Windows Vista, along with a strong Mac OS X, will help Apple continue to ship Macs at three times the industry average by the end of the spring, according to BMO Capital Markets.
Discussion: DailyTech and Infinite Loop
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Admits Windows Vista Mistakes, Criticizes Apple Ads
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud  —  Try again in 30 seconds.  Or an hour  —  Updated Google's Docs and Spreadsheets disappeared today for close to an hour, proving that the world's largest search engine is a long way from perfecting the art of online business applications.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bit.ly: Please Use This TinyURL of the Future  —  URL shorteners like TinyURL are a wildly popular way to share long links over email, IM, microblogging and other contexts.  The millions of shortcuts that have been created through such services represent a huge opportunity to capture interesting data …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Bit.ly launches today
Rmogull / securosis.com:
Dan Kaminsky Discovers Fundamental Issue In DNS: Massive Multivendor Patch Released  —  Today, CERT is issuing an advisory for a massive multivendor patch release to resolve a major issue in DNS that could allow attackers to easily compromise any name server (it also affects clients).
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web companies organize massive effort to patch fundamental Internet flaw
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Wall Street Journal:
Targeted Ads Raise Privacy Concerns  —  Pressure Could Imperil Online Strategy Shared by Phone and Cable-TV Firms  —  Cable and phone companies say their growth increasingly depends on being able to deliver targeted advertising to their Internet and TV customers, but criticism from privacy advocates is threatening that strategy.
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GameStop's Leaked Xbox 360 Price Drop Info  —  Just in case all of those retailer circulars from Best Buy, KMart, et al, wasn't enough proof of an Xbox 360 price drop coming on Sunday, here's one more tidbit of proof.  —  A GameStop employee has sent us cell pics of the internal announcement …
Marko Karppinen / MK&C:
Apple just gave out my Apple ID password because someone asked  —  I tried to log in to Apple Developer Connection this morning to find out that my password had been changed and the email associated with my account was now a yahoo.com address that wasn't mine.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reality Check: Internet Poses No Threat To TV  —  Remember that theory about online video cutting into TV time, and dragging ratings down?  It got a great workout this year with the writers strike, etc.  But it doesn't appear to be true.  At least not now.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Tests Walking Directions  —  Google Maps tests a new feature: walking directions.  You can already get driving directions and, for a small number of locations, Google Maps has transit directions, but these directions are not always useful if you don't use a car or a bus.
Hamilton Linden / Official Second Life Blog:
IBM and Linden Lab Interoperability Announcement  —  This is a historic day for Second Life, and for virtual worlds in general.  IBM and Linden Lab have announced that research teams from the two companies successfully teleported avatars from the Second Life Preview Grid into a virtual world running …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Crosses A Line  —  Until today I've largely been a big supporter of Microsoft's efforts to acquire Yahoo.  A couple of days before Microsoft placed its initial $44.6 billion bid for the company, I told Fox Business Channel that a Microsoft merger had to happen to save Yahoo …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Shouldn't Competitors Be Able To Weigh In On Patent Applications?
Discussion: ACT
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fox Business Snatches WSJ's Walt Mossberg From CNBC
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaFile
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
IBM makes web accessibility for blind users a social effort
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MSI finally ships the Wind
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Niek / Mininova blog:
New feature: personal bookmarks, remote downloading
Discussion: Slyck
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Loren Feldman is No Sacha Baron Cohen
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple hasn't learned from past security mistakes
Discussion: The Mac Observer
eWeek:
Canada Spectrum Auction Closes, C$4.2B Raised
Discussion: Electronista
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Fred / A VC:
Has The Cafe Moved Online?
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Drobo 2 revealed: Dual FireWire 800 ports!
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