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8:35 PM ET, July 9, 2008

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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm sailing away  —  My goodness I am so high it's not funny.  Apologies for all the confusion lately and much love to the many folks who have written in asking, Dude, what the hell is going on with the blog?  There's no big scandal or anything.  It's just I tried to add a new permission for …
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Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fake Steve Jobs calling it a day
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Push to Sell Ads On YouTube Hits Snags  —  Video Site Is Key To Diversification; The Lawsuit Factor  —  Wringing ad revenue from YouTube is proving to be a challenge for Google Inc.  —  Although users of the popular video-sharing site view clips more than one billion times on most days …
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
How Youtube Can Fix Their Revenue Problem  —  It appears that Youtube can only monetize about 4pct of its content.  Which leads to the question of “how can Youtube monetize the other 96pct of its content ?”  —  The answer, believe it or not lives within Youtube and begins with another question …
Discussion: Industry Standard
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Launches New Video Ad Units.  Maybe YouTube Should Pay Attention
Canada NewsWire Group:
Calling all iPhone 3G fans!  —  Select Rogers Plus stores to open early coast-to-coast on July 11  —  Launch promotions to include limited time 6GB data offer  —  In anticipation of iPhone 3G launch on July 11, Rogers Wireless today announced plans to open the doors of select Rogers Plus …
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CBC News:
Rogers caves on iPhone pricing, sort of  —  Rogers Communications Inc. has bowed to public pressure and temporarily lowered the price of internet usage on Apple Inc.'s hotly awaited iPhone, which is being released in Canada on Friday.  —  The company will now offer a $30-a-month plan …
Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Rogers caves to complaints, unveils new 3G data rates
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro casing design revealed  —  Photos that reveal the industrial design of Apple Inc.'s next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks have been making the rounds on the Internet since late last week, AppleInsider has learned.  —  People familiar with the ongoing development …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked MacBook Pro Casing Confirmed? [Update]
Discussion: Electronista
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Ranking  —  In May, Udi Manber introduced our search quality group, the group responsible for the ranking of search results.  He introduced various teams within “Quality” (as we like to call the group) including Core Ranking, International Search, User Interfaces, Evaluation, Webspam, and other teams.
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Google: No hand-tuning search results
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels?  Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service Last.fm is now paying unsigned artists royalties for every song played on its service.  Since the company announced the program last January, 70,000 artists and small music labels have signed up for it and uploaded 450,000 tracks.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm's Indie Talks Stall, Labels Protest ‘Illegal’ Use Of Repertoire
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder not quite ready for primetime?  —  That's what one of our RIM ninjas are telling us!  We've got the scoop on the BlackBerry Thunder, and contrary to most reports, we've been told that the unit is nowhere near being able to enter production, let alone being released.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Are you really serious?
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
IPhone Apps Likely To Launch Thursday  —  Apple may launch its iPhone App Store Thursday, according to three people who have been briefed on the matter.  —  The online store will open at noon Eastern time, Thursday, to coincide with when the iPhone goes on sale in New Zealand, according to one source.
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint launching HTC Touch Diamond on September 2nd?  —  If there's one handset out there that's almost as highly anticipated as the iPhone, it's the HTC Touch Diamond.  Announced in May, we've been waiting for an official carrier announcement here in the United States.
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Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Apple Ups The Ante With 3G iPhone  —  But RIM's almost ready to counter  —  It's been just over a year since the iPhone was released, and Apple (AAPL) is upping the ante in the smart phone wars.  —  We're talking about the release of the new 3G version of the iPhone.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform  —  Penguin calls  —  Last Friday, OpenMoko launched its highly anticipated FreeRunner smartphone, a Linux-based handset that's completely open in both hardware and software, and is designed to encourage third-party modification and customization.
Official Google Docs Blog:
Live blogging with Docs  —  Posted by: Amit Agarwal, a professional technology blogger at Digital Inspiration and an exceptionally creative Docs user … This tutorial will show you how to use Google Docs word processor for blogging a live event - it could be a keynote address or a conference call …
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)  —  Nope, I'm not kidding on this one.  Apparently Microsoft has still been selling this OS in the embedded systems market for quite some time.  That must be why the simulators at Star Trek: The Experience are using the OS to run their systems …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver SQL Server 2008 in August  —  The long wait for SQL Server 2008 is nearly over.  —  At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston on July 9, Bob Kelly, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Infrastructure Server Marketing, told attendees that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list.
Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Into thin air — Why Silicon Valley Wi-Fi fizzled  —  How community-based Wi-Fi faded away — and why Valley leaders won't let it go  —  It seemed like such a good idea — Internet for everyone, everywhere.  So much so that cities across the United States announced plans for citywide Wi-Fi networks …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Samsung fires up 128GB SSD massive attack
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Glam Media: We've Got An AdExchange, Too
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Xbox 360 Pro for $299 all but confirmed
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Microsoft, Google back broad privacy legislation
InfoWorld:
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Marcus Sachs / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August
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Google's political head-fake
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