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11:06 AM ET, July 10, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.0 Firmware (5A347) Available Early  —  Once again, digging through Apple's XML files has revealed the url to the iPhone 2.0 Firmware that is presently available on Apple's servers.  One of our readers found this new firmware image:  —  iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw (download link)
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store Has Launched (Updated)  —  Update: The iPhone 2.0 software is now available.  —  Apple's iPhone App Store is now live, several hours ahead of its rumored 9 am PST launch.  To access it, download iTunes 7.7 here.  Once iTunes has upgraded, you can access the App Store here.
Arn / MacRumors:
App Store: Apps Available for Download on iTunes  —  Apps have already appeared in the iTunes App Store and can be found and downloaded by searching for their names.  AOL's AIM Application (iTunes Link), for example, is available as a free download.  —  Apple's free Remote Application …
Apple:
Updating and restoring iPhone and iPod touch software  —  You can use iTunes to update or restore iPhone or iPod touch software.  Apple recommends updating iPhone or iPod touch to use the latest software.  You can also restore the software, which puts iPhone or iPod touch back to its factory condition.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg / Pinch Media:   iPhone application price distribution
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Jobs: App Store launching with 500 iPhone applications, 25% free
Discussion: Webomatica
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
IPhone Apps Likely To Launch Thursday
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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Radically Opens Web Search With BOSS  —  When you're the distant second player in web search, you've got nothing to lose by making bold moves.  So it makes sense that Yahoo has adopted an open strategy with the following idea in mind: woo developers to build on top of your technology …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Games shifts to free games in alliance with two game ad start-ups  —  Yahoo Games is the giant of online game portals with 18 million unique visitors a month.  But the company is shaking things up as it announces today that it is shifting to a new business model based on free ad-supported games for many of its pay-only titles.
Discussion: Yahoo!, WebProBlog and GigaOM
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo And Turner In Sports Ads And Content Deal
Discussion: CNET News.com
Business Wire:
New Belkin FlyWire™ Delivers HD Video and Audio Wirelessly to Any HDTV, Anywhere in Your Home  —  By Eliminating the Need for Unsightly Cables and Labor-Intensive Custom Installation, Belkin's FlyWire Offers Endless Placement Possibilities for Your HDTV
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Belkin doubles down on wireless HDMI
Discussion: Parks Associates and Gizmodo
BBC:
Net address fix foxes web users  —  Many users of the ZoneAlarm firewall have been floored by a fix to the net's addressing system.  —  Those hit found they could not get online after installing a Microsoft patch to close a security loophole.  —  Left open the flaw would have allowed malicious hackers …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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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.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Planeteye, Blowing Other Travel Sites Out of the Water?  —  There's a great deal going on in the online travel resource sector, and many of the recent developments have moved towards a nice approach for data aggregation and search tools, whether it be for flight search, trip-planning or virtual tours.
news-service.stanford.edu:
Campus-wide switch to new e-mail, calendar service begins  —  Information Technology Services has begun the rollout of a new e-mail and calendar service that will replace Webmail and Sundial (Oracle Calendar) in phases for all campus computer users over the next nine months.
Discussion: The Open Road
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Stanford Chooses Zimbra Over Gmail, Outlook
Joseph Pisani / CNBC.com:
Workplace BlackBerry Use May Spur Lawsuits  —  Addicted BlackBerry users have already nicknamed themselves crackberrys, but lawyers are now calling the digital device in the workplace something else: A lawsuit waiting to happen.  —  As employers hand out electronic devices to their employees …
DigiTimes:
Asustek Eee PC shipments fail expectations but Acer still confident about Aspire one sales  —  Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin is confident the company's Aspire one will enjoy a strong sales record despite recent news that Asustek Computer's Eee PC sales failed to meet expectations sparking concerns for the netbook market.
Discussion: Liliputing and Engadget
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Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
Asus confirms Eee PC 904 and Eee PC 1000 specs and prices
Discussion: Liliputing and Engadget
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches MobileMe and Apple TV 2.1 [Me.com Offline for Now]  —  Apple has finally launched their MobileMe service at Me.com.  The web-based service replaces .Mac and offers web-based email, calendar, addressbook, online storage as well as sync services.
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 …
Dave Shaw / Bloggle:
Strange symbols appear on Google!  —  I'm hoping this is a Bloggle exlusive (even though I've not been blogging here for while).  A strange symbol (swastika?) has just made it HOT on Google Trends.  Why?  Could be an example of Google ‘bombing’?  —  Check it out here.
BBC:
Mobile web reaches critical mass  —  The mobile web has reached a “critical mass” of users this year, according to a report by analysts Nielsen Mobile.  —  The US is the most tech savvy nation with nearly 40 million Americans - 16% of all US mobile users - using their handset to browse on the move.
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.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 3G to crush Blackberry: redux
Discussion: Speeds and feeds and Engadget
 
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
RIM ‘struggling’ with Thunder touch controls
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Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
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Google News Tests New Design
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
iTunes is Anti-Web  —  Ever find yourself clicking on links …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Where Apple's New iPhone Doesn't Help: AT&T's 3G Dead Zones
Lucas Gonze / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Ad-Supported Music Won't Work: Blame The Labels
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Graspr Grabs $2.5 Million
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Click Forensics, Yahoo take on click-fraud cases
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New York Times:
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Calley Nye / TechCrunchIT:
Rackspace Downtime: A Reminder That All Are Vulnerable
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Victims of WiFi Theft Not Responsible For Illegal Uploads
Discussion: Techdirt and Lockergnome
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Friend Book App: Shake Two iPhones Together to Share Contact Information
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Leaked Sprint roadmap reveals slew of releases through September?
Discussion: Unwired View and SlashPhone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels?  Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists
 

 
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