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4:00 PM ET, July 9, 2008

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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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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 …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
How the iPhone 3G is changing the wireless game
Discussion: Forbes, TG Daily and Gizmodo
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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Electronista:
Rogers to offer $30 6GB iPhone 3G plan [U]  —  (Updated with extra plan info) Rogers and its sub-brand Fido today made concessions to potential subscribers worried about low bandwidth by offering a limited-run promotional plan for the iPhone 3G.  Customers who sign up for the Apple device …
Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Rogers caves to complaints, unveils new 3G data rates
Discussion: BetaNews and InformationWeek
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Rogers offers cheaper iPhone plan after outcry
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: We Can't Figure Out How To Make Money On Web Video, Either
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Report: YouTube ready to run preroll and postroll ads
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TomsTechBlog.com
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?
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked MacBook Pro Casing Confirmed?  [Update]  —  AppleInsider reports that the leaked MacBook Pro case photo published over the weekend is, in fact, legitimate.  —  Although the enclosure shown in the photo appears to be a slightly dated prototype that has somehow found its way into the wild …
Discussion: Electronista
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro casing design revealed
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang Denounces Microsoft, Icahn Over Proxy Move  —  Yahoo CEO Accuses Adversaries of Trying To Destabilize Company  —  Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang accused Microsoft Corp. of trying to destabilize the Internet company without a real desire to complete a deal, and he responded sharply to recent comments by investor Carl Icahn.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Legg Mason: We'll Support Icahn If He Guarantees Us $33 (YHOO)
Discussion: CNET News.com and MediaFile
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VCs a glum bunch over economy, lack of exits  —  Venture capitalists are having a confidence crisis as dwindling exit opportunities and a weak economy conspire to put the kibosh on returns.  —  According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index the second quarter registered …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt Speaks!  (And Says He's Not For Sale to Yahoo-For Now!)  —  When I was in Los Angeles recently, I stopped by the Santa Monica offices of Demand Media, the network of social networking sites and apps maker, because of the rumors that I had heard swirling around …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Takes A Gander At Demand Media To Plug Some Holes
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
FiascO2, Redux  —  The best laid plans of mice and men “gang aft agley,” as they say. iPhone carriers as well, apparently.  Because British wireless carrier O2 claims it was well prepared for the iPhone pre-order event that felled its Web site earlier this week.  It just wasn't well prepared enough.
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Macworld UK:
iPhone 3G orders reached 13,000 per second - O2
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Insanely Great Mac
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.
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
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.
Eric Smith / The Bivings Report:
Google Lively: Really?  I mean... really??  —  Admittedly, I am a Google fanboy.  I use Gmail for the bulk of my correspondence, and keep track of deadlines in Google Calendar.  I get all of my RSS feeds through Google Reader, and collaborate on documents with others using Google Documents.
Discussion: TeleRead and Hitwise Intelligence
Louise Egan / Reuters:
Bell, Telus must explain charges  —  OTTAWA — The Canadian government tried to pre-empt a consumer revolt against two leading phone companies on Wednesday, demanding explanations from the wireless units of BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. on their new pricing policy for text messages.
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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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)
InfoWorld:
Botnets winning spam wars
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Goldman Sachs: IT spending slips, virtualization rises
Marcus Sachs / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
DNS Vulnerability Found by a GSEC Student Three Years Ago!
Discussion: The Register
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to push XP SP3 via Auto Update on July 10
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
SavvyAuntie Launches For All The Aunts Out There
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Comcast and Vonage Align on Network Management
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Sun Valley Diary: The New-Media In Crowd
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Medialets Launches iPhone Ad Platform: Think DoubleClick for iPhone Apps
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Belgian operator will sell iPhone simlock-free
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Dimdim raises $6M for free web meetings
Discussion: The Inquisitr and TechCrunch
Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BT Has Acquired Ribbit For $55 Million To Build GrandCentral …
 

 
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