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3:55 AM ET, July 10, 2008

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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.
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New York Times:
Apple's Latest Opens a Developers' Playground  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — When Apple opens its online App Store for iPhone software on Thursday, Steven P. Jobs will be making an attempt to dominate the next generation of computing as it moves toward Internet-connected mobile devices.
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
App Store for iPhone already a hit with developers  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs expected to launch his App Store — the online venue for third-party iPhone and iPod Touch applications — with 200 software offerings; he ended up with more than 500.  —  “The reaction has been so strong,” he says.
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Friend Book App: Shake Two iPhones Together to Share Contact Information  —  A company called Tapulous is planning on delivering an iPhone app called Friend Book for the Friday launch that promises to turn your boring old address book into a “super address book” with features like a “face dialer” …
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
What's in store for the Apps Store: third-party applications …
Discussion: TechCrunch and InformationWeek
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS — The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem  —  Today, Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo seeks ad revenue by fueling others' search innovation  —  In an attempt to boost its search-ad business, Yahoo has begun a project that lets anyone build a customized search engine atop the Internet company's technology.  —  The service, which enters public beta testing Wednesday night …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Search War: Yahoo! Opens Its Search Engine to Attack Google With An Army of Verticals  —  Yahoo! is taking a bold step tonight: opening up its index and search engine to any outside developers who want to incorporate Yahoo! Search's content and functionality into search engines on their own sites.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo! Lets You “Build Your Own Search Service”
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Radically Opens Web Search With BOSS
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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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
The ‘Fake’ Steve Jobs Is Giving Up Parody Blog  —  The once-mysterious blogger known as “Fake Steve Jobs” is turning off his iPhone for good.  —  Daniel Lyons, the former Forbes magazine journalist who wrote the blog The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs for the last two years, is moving on with his professional life and creative pursuits.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fake Steve Jobs calling it a day
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 3G to crush Blackberry: redux  —  A couple of months ago, ChangeWave released a survey that showed people found a lot to like about the iPhone, and that the BlackBerry did e-mail.  Respondents also produced a wish list of features back then that pretty much is the iPhone 3G now; meanwhile, the BlackBerry does e-mail.
Discussion: Digg
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.
download.zonealarm.com:
Workaround to Sudden Loss of Internet Access Problem  —  Date Last Revised : 9 July 2008  —  Overview : Microsoft Update KB951748 is known to cause loss of internet access for ZoneAlarm users on Windows XP/2000.  Windows Vista users are not affected. Impact : Sudden loss of internet access
Jcoyne / John Coyne's Embedded Blog:
It's the End for 3.11!!  —  for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel.  Now we all know that it's been long gone in the standard (retail/OEM) channel …
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:   Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)
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 …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet  —  The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes.  The project, which is still in its initial stages …
Discussion: Ars Technica, GigaOM and Digg
Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008  —  Remarks by Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft  —  SCOTT STANFIELD: I'm Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo.  I bet our business years ago on .NET.  It turns out that was a pretty good idea, because with .NET we now have the ultimate skeleton key.
 
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