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9:40 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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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 …
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.
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.
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
IPhone Apps Likely To Launch Thursday
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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: Speeds and feeds
New York Times:
Redstone Says No to Anointing His Daughter  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Sumner M. Redstone, the chairman and controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS, is usually a ubiquitous figure here at the investment bank Allen & Company's annual conference, but even in his absence Mr. Redstone is likely …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Lucas Gonze / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Ad-Supported Music Won't Work: Blame The Labels  —  There's a lot of interest in ad-sponsored streaming music services like iMeem, and MySpace's upcoming music venture.  One big question: How can they possibly surive?  Answer: They can't, unless the labels change their pricing demands.
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IBM, HP Get Military Infrastructures Contracts  —  IBM will nstall a supercomputer for the military, the water-cooled Power 575 Hydro-Cluster, which uses IBM Power6 processors.  HP will develop a cloud computing infrastructure for the Department of Defense.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Graspr Grabs $2.5 Million  —  You'd think with such a crowded field, the online video how-to space would start shaking out — not getting more money.  But instructional site Graspr announced that it has raised $2.5 million in Series A funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and angel investors.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Games shifts to free games in alliance with two game ad start-ups
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