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5:50 AM ET, July 11, 2008

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Google Mobile Blog:
Searching on an iPhone can be fun  —  You probably agree that nothing can be made too easy.  We've been dreaming of ways to make searching on phones easier and more fun.  —  Today, we're showing off our first native app for the iPhone and iPod touch — Google Mobile App.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone App Store first impression: Sublime beyond belief  —  If you don't have an iPhone, you're going to want one real soon.  I say this not because of peer pressure or because of the Apple marketing machine.  Or even because of the iPhone 3G.  I say it because the App Store …
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs and Lost Remote
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The App Store, Day One  —  A few random observations regarding …
Discussion: Apple and IntoMobile
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store
Discussion: webmonkey and Digg
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress For iPhone  —  The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Blog Herald
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iPhone Application Overview And Demo Videos
Ben Wilson / CNET News.com:
iPhone app hands-on: Super Monkey Ball (with screenshots)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Amid the App Store fanfare, Apple releases significant update for AppleTV  —  While we're waiting for MobileMe to become available for longer than five minutes, it's worth noting among the App Store fanfare that Apple has also updated its AppleTV.  —  Early Thursday Apple released iTunes 7.7, making the App Store possible.
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Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
Before the App Store “Opens”, it has already made Apple $55,000  —  Tucked away on the iPhone 2.0 version of Apple's Application Store is a counter for the number of times that each application has been purchased .  When this information is combined with an application's price …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another key early Facebook employee, Jeff Hammerbacher, is leaving the company  —  Facebook may now be the largest social network in the world, and it may be continually innovating with nice new products like its Twitter-like iPhone application, but more and more beloved early employees are heading out the door.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 2.0 Unlocked (YES!)  —  The new iPhone OS 2.0 software has been unlocked and jailbroken.  It was released just hours ago and it has already been cracked by the iPhone Dev Team.  The first one took a couple of months, but this one was actually unlocked before Apple released it to the public.
Associated Press:
Outage hobbles new Apple Web service  —  Users have trouble accessing new Apple's $99-per-year MobileMe service, which launches Friday.  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Apple's new data-synching service got off to a rocky start Thursday, as some users were denied access to their accounts just hours …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
I Can't Find MobileMe  —  At $99 a year, I expect my online service to function all the time.  So perhaps that is why I am a little upset that Apple hasn't been able to launch their MobileMe service properly and are experiencing outages.  The fact that the service was supposed to launch …
Vindu Goel / Bits:
An Imminent Victory for ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates  —  When Comcast admitted last fall that it was blocking — or slowing down, as the company preferred to call it — certain file transfers by customers, a lot of people complained that the company was unfairly discriminating against heavy Internet users.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Guardian Media Group Buys paidContent for $30 Million  —  In what will be seen as a new media coup, sources tell BoomTown that Britain's Guardian Media Group is set to announce this morning that it will buy the company that runs the high-profile digital media news site paidContent for a price “north of $30 million.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
All Nvidia G84 and G86s are bad  —  Comment No word on MCPs yet  —  THE BURNING QUESTION on everyone's mind is what Nvidia parts are failing in the field?  No GT200 jokes here, NV personnel are still quite sensitive about that, but our moles have told us about the bum GPUs.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Inquirer: Every Nvidia Graphics Card With G84 or G86 Chipset Is Ready to Die
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Jerry Yang's Pledge: Not on My Watch  —  If BoomTown had any doubt that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was going to knuckle under to the public kneecapping given to him by the activist investor Carl “Shark” Icahn and Microsoft CEO Steve “My Way or the Highway” Ballmer earlier this week …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Priming the Pump: New Users, Meet the Old Winners  —  Social media, it's all about the democratization of communication and empowering new voices - right?  A few years into the new media revolution, reality is looking a little more complicated than that theory would suggest.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted...  For years, we've been pointing out that as the entertainment industry, telcos and the government increase efforts to spy on the activities of users (for various reasons, good or bad), all it's going to do is speed the adoption of encryption technologies.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firms ‘miss’ social site success  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley  —  Businesses are missing out on the huge potential that social networks present, a leading information technology company has warned.  —  Researchers for Gartner found that huge opportunities for improving the management of large firms exist.
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Browse Del.icio.us Bookmarks Visually With FavThumbs  —  While we've waited with bated breath for the release of Delicious 2.0 (Yahoo's been teasing us for months), Ryan Sit, the creator of Swurl, a recently launched startup that offers a lifecasting aggregator for web activity …
 
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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InfoWorld:
Artificial intelligence tied to search future
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Mike Simons / Computerworld:
No servers, no stories at Financial Times
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Can Consumer Mags Profitably Transition To Digital? …
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Seagate first with 1.5TB hard drives
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Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes
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Samsung Instinct Sets Record at Best Buy
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Apple: The Line Begins In Palo Alto (Updated)
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