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3:50 PM ET, July 10, 2008

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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:  —  iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw (download link)
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store Has Launched (Updated)  —  Update: The iPhone 2.0 software is now available.  —  Apple's iPhone App Store is now live, several hours ahead of its rumored 9 am PST launch.  To access it, download iTunes 7.7 here.  Once iTunes has upgraded, you can access the App Store here.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Macworld and Bloggle
Apple:
iPhone 3G on Sale Tomorrow  —  Over 500 Native Applications for iPhone & iPod touch Available at Launch  —  Apple® today announced that more than 500 native applications will be available on the iPhone's App Store when Apple's iPhone™ 3G goes on sale tomorrow.
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 …
Apple:
Updating and restoring iPhone and iPod touch software  —  You can use iTunes to update or restore iPhone or iPod touch software.  Apple recommends updating iPhone or iPod touch to use the latest software.  You can also restore the software, which puts iPhone or iPod touch back to its factory condition.
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook for iPhone in iTunes App Store
Greg / Pinch Media:
iPhone application price distribution
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live
Discussion: VentureBeat, Beyond Binary and Gizmodo
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Remote: iTunes and Apple TV Remote Control
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
App Store for iPhone already a hit with developers
Discussion: The Social Web
Joseph Pisani / CNBC.com:
Workplace BlackBerry Use May Spur Lawsuits  —  Addicted BlackBerry users have already nicknamed themselves crackberrys, but lawyers are now calling the digital device in the workplace something else: A lawsuit waiting to happen.  —  As employers hand out electronic devices to their employees …
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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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:   Yahoo Wields New Tool to Battle Google
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Where Apple's New iPhone Doesn't Help: AT&T's 3G Dead Zones  —  Excited about buying Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G, which goes on sale tomorrow?  Pumped about those blazing-fast 3G Internet speeds?  Hope you don't live in beautiful Bozeman, Montana; Burlington, Vermont; or Des Moines, Iowa.
Dave Shaw / Bloggle:
Strange symbols appear on Google!  —  I'm hoping this is a Bloggle exlusive (even though I've not been blogging here for while).  A strange symbol (swastika?) has just made it HOT on Google Trends.  Why?  Could be an example of Google ‘bombing’?  —  Check it out here.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Steve Ballmer: We don't need to be cool!  (Or maybe we do)  —  In a clear sign that Steve Ballmer has lost touch with reality, at a recent partner event Q&A the Microsoft CEO addressed the issue of “coolness” and how Microsoft competes in coolness.  —  On one hand, Ballmer recognizes …
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Ballmer: We'll look at open source, but we won't touch
Discussion: Open Sources
The Lede:
In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many  —  Updated, 9:33 a.m., Agence France-Presse has retracted the image as “apparently digitally altered.”  —  As news spread across the world of Iran's provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison.
Discussion: GMSV
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
NowPublic buys up Guy Kawasaki's Truemors (believe it or not)  —  When Guy Kawasaki started Truemors, a site for spreading Internet rumors, his intentions weren't quite clear.  Was it an experiment?  A joke?  The product of too much free time?  Or perhaps not too much time — after all …
Discussion: The Inquisitr and TechCrunch
DEMO.com:
VMware's CEO switch targeted at Microsoft, analysts say  —  In tapping a former Microsoft executive to lead VMware's battle against the Redmond giant, VMware's EMC-controlled board of directors decided co-founder Diane Greene lacked the business savvy to win a struggle for market share, analysts say.
Discussion: BroadDev, Network World and Valleywag
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Why Some Don't Need to Join the Conversation  —  I find the colloquialism “You must join the conversation” a tired phrase legacy of 2006.  It's overused, oversold, thrown around and just not accurate.  —  Many of the blogging authors are my friends, or I even work with them …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Games shifts to free games in alliance with two game ad start-ups  —  Yahoo Games is the giant of online game portals with 18 million unique visitors a month.  But the company is shaking things up as it announces today that it is shifting to a new business model based on free ad-supported games for many of its pay-only titles.
Discussion: Yahoo! and CNET News.com
 
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