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11:35 PM ET, July 8, 2008

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Niniane Wang / The Official Google Blog:
Be who you want on the web pages you visit  —  A while ago, I looked around the social web and wished that it could be less static.  Sure, you can leave a comment on a blog or write a text blurb on your social networking profile.  But what if you want to express yourself in a more fun way …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Virtual World Called Lively  —  Well, this sucks for Second Life.  Google is launching a new service today called Lively, a browser based virtual world add-on that lets users create and customize avatars and worlds, interact with other users, and generally have a richer social interaction than is offered by GTalk today.
Brad Stone / New York Times:   Google Introduces a Cartoonlike Method for Talking in Chat Rooms
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:   Google Launches Lively to Create a Virtual World Across Social Networks
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Google Launches Social Virtual World Lively; Vivaty Had a Nice 9 Hour Life
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Newer, Faster, Cheaper iPhone 3G  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been the world's most influential smart phone since its debut a year ago, widely hailed for its beauty and functionality.  It was a true hand-held computer that raised the bar for all its competitors.
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USA Today:
Apple's new iPhone 3G: Still not perfect, but really close  —  Extra, extra: iPhone 3G: The Sequel, is worth the wait.  —  It's cheaper, faster and a lot friendlier for business.  Apple's blockbuster smartphone already had nifty features such as visual voicemail, a splendid built-in video iPod …
Discussion: iLounge
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple Expects 15-Minute Setup Process for New IPhone  —  Apple Inc. will start selling its new iPhone at 8 a.m. nationwide on July 11 and plans to activate U.S. customer accounts with AT&T Inc. within 15 minutes.  —  “Our expectation is that in 10 to 15 minutes, you'll be set up and ready to go …
David Pogue / New York Times:
For iPhone, the ‘New’ Is Relative  —  One year and 11 days ago, our nation was swept by iPhone Mania.  TV news coverage was relentless.  Hard-core fans camped out to be the first in line.  Bloggers referred to Apple's new product as the “Jesus phone.”  —  It was a stunning black slab of glass …
Discussion: Macworld, iLounge and Today @ PC World
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   They're out! The first iPhone 3G reviews
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 3G on Friday
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Admits Windows Vista Mistakes, Criticizes Apple Ads  —  The company will work to reverse the widely held belief, informed by early troubles upon the operating system's launch, that Vista isn't compatible with many applications and devices.  —  Microsoft is now acknowledging …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Lockergnome
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft on Vista: ‘The time of worry is over.’  —  Microsoft wants its partners and customers to know that it's done letting its competitors and critics walk all over Windows Vista.  —  “We know our story is very different from what our competitors want us to think,” Brad Brooks …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple may have shipped 2.5 million Macs in spring thanks to Vista
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Only U.S. Apple retail stores getting iPhone 3G  —  While Rogers, Canada's largest wireless carrier, has made few friends with its iPhone 3G rate plans, it's not the only foreign carrier that will have to go it alone with iPhone sales on Friday.  —  The Internet was all atwitter Tuesday …
Discussion: MacRumors, iLounge and TG Daily
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Telco Greed Overshadows iPhone 3G Launch
Discussion: iSmashPhone and Seeking Alpha
US-CERT:
Multiple DNS implementations vulnerable to cache poisoning  —  Overview  —  Deficiencies in the DNS protocol and common DNS implementations facilitate DNS cache poisoning attacks.  —  I. Description  —  The Domain Name System (DNS) is responsible for translating host names to IP addresses …
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
EMC CEO's ego has cost investors billions  —  Whacks Greene when VMware needed her most  —  Comment By firing VMware chief Diane Greene, EMC's top dog Joe Tucci has sent a message to investors that his personal likes and dislikes come before their broader interests.
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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 …
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Politician Using Twitter To Ignite Misleading Partisan Fight Over Politicians Posting To Twitter  —  Last month, I posted how cool it was that Republican Congressman John Culberson was really using Twitter to communicate with people.  It was a great use of the technology.
 
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder Keyboard To Utilize Haptic Technology …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
Pimp My Code, Part 15: The Greatest Bug of All
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Pirate Party Study Shatters MPAA Claims
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Ribbit, “Silicon Valley's first phone company,” …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Paul Taylor / Financial Times:
Internet-led demand puts cable-laying at top of list
Discussion: Ars Technica
Stephanie Clifford / Bits:
Ad-Targeting Companies and Critics Prepare for Senate Scrutiny
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter growth continues despite outages
Gpsmapper / GPS Tracklog:
TomTom HD Traffic heading to U.S.
Discussion: Engadget
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
Select Flickr photos to sell via Getty license
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Skooba makes with the pictures of TSA-friendly bags (update: not really)
Kkovash / Blog of Metrics:
Colbert Bump - Firefox 3 Proves its Existence
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lost Remote
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fox Business Snatches WSJ's Walt Mossberg From CNBC
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Is This the First iPhone 3G Unboxing?
Canon USA:
CANON'S NEW EOS REBEL XS CAMERA LOOKS TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GameStop's Leaked Xbox 360 Price Drop Info