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11:05 PM ET, July 10, 2008


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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: CNET and Lost Remote
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iPhone Application Overview And Demo Videos  —  It's not official quite yet, but the iPhone App Store is live and you can download version 2.0 of the iPhone software - which is all you need to run the 552 applications currently available.  —  We've been gathering videos and overviews …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
A walk through the App Store, iPhone style  —  You've already seen the App Store in its iTunes pants, and if you've ever used iTunes before, you pretty much know how it works.  Here, we do a quick pictorial walkthrough of how the App Store works from your iPhone, once you have the iPhone 2.0 firmware installed.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iPhone apps: Bad for Facebook, OpenSocial?  —  What does the iPhone 3G have to do with the future of social platforms like Facebook and OpenSocial?  A lot, actually.  —  It's because of the iPhone App Store, the add-on to the iTunes Store that opened its doors on Thursday in anticipation of the new device and its iPhone 2.0 software.
Ben Wilson / CNET
iPhone app hands-on: Super Monkey Ball (with screenshots)
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
News: iPhone Gems: Launch day App Store software worth seeing
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Remote: iTunes and Apple TV Remote Control
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
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:  —  Link removed at request of Apple
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
iPhone 2.0 Software Adds 802.1X for Enterprises
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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 …
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: 35% of iPhone 3G buyers will get it for $199  —  The pricing of the next generation iPhone may be a point of confusion on Friday and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects only 35 percent of buyers will get the $199 price.  As a result, initial sales of the iPhone 3G may be diluted.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
It's iPhone 3G tear-down time
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The Line Begins In Palo Alto (Updated)  —  And the lines begin.  —  With about 21 hours to go before the West Coast debut of the iPhone 3G, I took a drive over to the Apple (AAPL) store on University Avenue in Palo Alto, just a mile or two from CEO Steve Jobs' house, to check out the scene.
Discussion: Forbes and Voices
Joe Hewitt / Facebook Blog:
Facebook for iPhone  —  Last August we launched our Facebook iPhone website, and almost a year later it has over 1.5 million people using it regularly.  We are thrilled to see so many enjoying Facebook on their iPhones, so we've been working on ways to take our iPhone experience to the next level.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: No Sex in Second Life-Killer Lively (GOOG)  —  What's the difference between Linden Lab's (SAI 25 #11) Second Life and Lively, the new virtual world announced by Google?  —  How much time do you have?  Second Life requires its own software and needs a PC equipped with a high-end graphics card; Lively runs in a Web browser.
Discussion: Mashable!
Rafat Ali /
New York Magazine Buys Restaurants Menu Site Menupages  —  Menupages, the New York City based online restaurant menu guides site, is being bought out by New York Magazine, we have learned.  This is the first such online buy for NYM, which is owned by Wasserstein & Co., the PE firm founded by Bruce Wasserstein???
Jamin Brophy-Warren / Wall Street Journal:
Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes  —  Creating viral videos and concepts has become a keystone for many businesses marketing online.  —  Such Web phenomena are known by technophiles as “memes.”  Coined by biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene,” …
Discussion: Valleywag and PSFK
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google as the new pressroom  —  When I saw Edward Roussel, head of digital for the Telegraph, on my last trip to London, he said over breakfast that he'd been thinking about my book title's question — What Would Google Do? — in relation to newspapers and he came up with a radical notion:
Discussion: Wordblog and Online News Squared
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Austin Modine / The Register:
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Amazon Kindle Sales on the Rise?
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