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3:25 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 …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live
Discussion: VentureBeat, Beyond Binary and Gizmodo
Greg / Pinch Media:
iPhone application price distribution
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
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
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:   Steve Ballmer: We don't need to be cool! (Or maybe we do)
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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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.
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
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 …
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
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches MobileMe and Apple TV 2.1 [Me.com Offline for Now]  —  Apple has finally launched their MobileMe service at Me.com.  The web-based service replaces .Mac and offers web-based email, calendar, addressbook, online storage as well as sync services.
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 …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The Line Begins In Palo Alto
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google as the new pressroom  —  When I saw Edward Roussel …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
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FCC blesses BlackBerry Bold
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DEMO.com:
VMware's CEO switch targeted at Microsoft, analysts say
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Yahoo and TBS enter sports-centric alliance
Business Technology:
EBay Drops PayPal Plan Down Under
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
RIM ‘struggling’ with Thunder touch controls
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Business Wire:
New Belkin FlyWire™ Delivers HD Video and Audio Wirelessly …
Discussion: CNET News.com, DVICE and Engadget
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
iTunes is Anti-Web  —  Ever find yourself clicking on links …
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Planeteye, Blowing Other Travel Sites Out of the Water?
Brad Stone / New York Times:
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