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6:00 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.
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.
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.
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Friend Book App: Shake Two iPhones Together to Share Contact Information  —  A company called Tapulous is planning on delivering an iPhone app called Friend Book for the Friday launch that promises to turn your boring old address book into a “super address book” with features like a “face dialer” …
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
What's in store for the Apps Store: third-party applications …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Social Media
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Yahoo seeks ad revenue by fueling others' search innovation  —  In an attempt to boost its search-ad business, Yahoo has begun a project that lets anyone build a customized search engine atop the Internet company's technology.  —  The service, which enters public beta testing Wednesday night …
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 …
Discussion: and Business Wire
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo! Lets You “Build Your Own Search Service”  —  Yahoo! has just unveiled the next phase in their plan to spur search innovation by providing search-related resources to developers.  The Yahoo! Build Your Own Search Service (BOSS) enables developers to access Yahoo! search results …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Yahoo, Now Offering Search as a Web 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: Marketing Nirvana
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm sailing away  —  My goodness I am so high it's not funny.  Apologies for all the confusion lately and much love to the many folks who have written in asking, Dude, what the hell is going on with the blog?  There's no big scandal or anything.  It's just I tried to add a new permission for …
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Fake Steve Jobs calling it a day
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.
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
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels? Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service 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.
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
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 and TechCrunch
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Sequoia's $4.5 million bet on casual game site  —  When Roelof Botha struggled to buy a $10 pack of virtual armor and weaponry from the casual game site Duels earlier this year, it turned out to be good fortune for the site's creator, Challenge Games.  —  Botha, a venture capitalist …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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