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8:15 AM ET, July 10, 2008

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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store Has Launched  —  Apple's iPhone App Store is now live.  To access it, download iTunes 7.7 here.  Once iTunes has upgraded, you can access the App Store here.  —  You can “get apps” on iTunes now, but you'll need the iPhone 2.0 software to actually use them on the iPhone, which isn't yet available.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Jobs: App Store launching with 500 iPhone applications, 25% free  —  Steve Jobs told USA Today that the Apple App Store will launch with “more than 500” applications Thursday night for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Of these, 25% will be free and 90% (of those for sale) will cost $9.99 or less.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
What's in store for the Apps Store: third-party applications …
Discussion: Telecompetitor and TechSpot
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Yahoo, Now Offering Search as a Web Service
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo! Lets You “Build Your Own Search Service”
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.
Discussion: PDA and Marketing Nirvana
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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 …
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.
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 3G to crush Blackberry: redux
Discussion: Digg
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
UK Apple Store to sell iPhone 3Gs at launch; activation details
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels?  Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service Last.fm 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.
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 console 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.
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download.zonealarm.com:
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
Calley Nye / TechCrunchIT:
Rackspace Downtime: A Reminder That All Are Vulnerable  —  37signals went down for about two hours tonight (twice), due to a cooling issue in one of the Rackspace data centers.  A quick blog search turned up other applications, such as Syncplicity, that were also hosted at the Rackspace datacenter and were also down.
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
Internet Bug Fix Spawns Backlash From Hackers  —  Hackers are a skeptical bunch, but that doesn't bother Dan Kaminsky, who got a lot of flack from his colleagues in the security research community after claiming to have discovered a critical bug in the Internet's infrastructure.
Discussion: Guardian and Technology Review
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Leaked Sprint roadmap reveals slew of releases through September?
Discussion: SlashPhone and Unwired View
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Google Analytics under investigation by German privacy officials
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct breaks Best Buy sales record!
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