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12:30 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Greg / Pinch Media:
iPhone application price distribution
Discussion: Macworld
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Yahoo Is Inviting Partners to Build on Its Search Power
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.
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.
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Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Okay, okay, I'll get an iPhone 3G!
Business Wire:
New Belkin FlyWire™ Delivers HD Video and Audio Wirelessly to Any HDTV, Anywhere in Your Home  —  By Eliminating the Need for Unsightly Cables and Labor-Intensive Custom Installation, Belkin's FlyWire Offers Endless Placement Possibilities for Your HDTV
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay wants total network encryption, but does anyone else?  —  The Pirate Bay has ambitious plans to bring end-to-end encryption to all network activity, essentially blacking out a user's traffic from deep packet inspection gear and other prying eyes.  Interesting project, sure, and definitely ambitious, but will it work?
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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: CNET News.com, Yahoo!, WebProBlog and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google News Tests New Design  —  Google News experiments with a lively and visually-rich design that shows images, videos, quotes, but also interesting and popular stories.  There's a “featured photo” section that uses images from AFP, The Associated Press, Reuters, marking …
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.
BBC:
Net address fix foxes web users  —  Many users of the ZoneAlarm firewall have been floored by a fix to the net's addressing system.  —  Those hit found they could not get online after installing a Microsoft patch to close a security loophole.  —  Left open the flaw would have allowed malicious hackers …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Ballmer: We'll look at open source, but we won't touch  —  Steve Ballmer is at least willing to talk with the open-source crowd now, as his comments at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008 demonstrate.  He's just not willing to actually engage in open source as an appreciable part of his company's business.
Discussion: Open Sources
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.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Stanford Chooses Zimbra Over Gmail, Outlook
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The iPhone's Been Good To AdMob.  A Quarter Billion Ads Served, And Counting
Discussion: Mashable!
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Graspr Grabs $2.5 Million
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches MobileMe and Apple TV 2.1 [Me.com Offline for Now]
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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