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11:00 PM ET, July 9, 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Notifies Developers: iPhone App Store To Launch Thursday Morning
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
UK Apple Store to sell iPhone 3Gs at launch; activation details
Discussion: CNET and AppleInsider
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 …
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 blinks on iPhone pricing
Discussion: Techdirt and
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels? Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service 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.
Robert Andrews /'s Indie Talks Stall, Labels Protest ‘Illegal’ Use Of Repertoire
Discussion: Tech Confidential
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 …
Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked MacBook Pro Casing Confirmed? [Update]
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Next Microsoft enterprise instant messaging/VOIP server: Think 2009
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.
Robert McLaws /
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why Microsoft is cutting its Xbox 360 price on Sunday  —  Microsoft's plan to cut $50 off the price of its Xbox 360 Pro video game consoles is all over the web.  The company is expected to announce it will start selling the Pro model for $299 on Sunday, July 13, just before the E3 game show in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Joystiq, Gizmodo and Forbes
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Pro for $299 all but confirmed
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.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
It's Official: There Is No Bubble  —  Yesterday we analyzed the financials of the 7 publicly traded Internet Big Cos.  There was nothing bubbly there, with an average PEG of 1.4.  —  So the next stop is the “middle 20”.  These are publicly traded web technology stocks with a market cap over $1 billion.
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: GigaOM
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.
Andrew / Treonauts:
Sprint Treo 800w Preview
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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.
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology  —  Imagine you could play video games - and immerse yourself in virtual worlds - with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL  •E. And then imagine you could experience and control …
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Lively FAQ  —  Here's a list of questions with tips and tricks for Google's 3D chat world, Lively.  If you have a question that's not answered here please ask in the comments, and if you have a tip, please post it too (this page will be updated as new information comes in).  —  What's Google Lively?
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TheWB Boldly Announces Site Additions
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct breaks Best Buy sales record!
Discussion: SlashPhone and Ubergizmo
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
V12 Designs' Dual-Touchscreen Notebook Coming within Two Years
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista Compatibility Center still MIA
Austin Modine / The Register:
Samsung fires up 128GB SSD massive attack
Discussion: CNET
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Storm worm e-mail says U.S. attacked Iran
Stephen Shankland / CNET
What's next, Google Autos or Google Music?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Glam Media: We've Got An AdExchange, Too
Discussion: Conversion Rater
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How Popular Blogs and Mainstream Media Appear The Same
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
How Youtube Can Fix Their Revenue Problem
Marcus Sachs / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
Discussion: The Register
Official Google Docs Blog:
Live blogging with Docs
Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Into thin air — Why Silicon Valley Wi-Fi fizzled
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver SQL Server 2008 in August
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Launches New Video Ad Units.  Maybe YouTube Should Pay Attention
Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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