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1:15 AM ET, July 12, 2008

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iTunes activation servers go down, iPhone 3G customers being sent home unactivated, first-gen iPhone customers stuck with dead iPhones  —  In a repeat of last year's problems, it looks like the insane demand for the iPhone 3G has taken its toll on Apple's iTunes activation servers …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iFail 3G: Inside the iPhone launch failure with videos  —  Regular readers may know my proclivity towards Apple products.  Hell, some might call me a “fanboy.”  That makes what I'm about to tell you very troublesome.  Ladies and gentleman, today Apple (possibly by way of AT&T) failed.  Badly.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's worth the hell  —  Apple continues to amaze.  I've never seen a company have a technical meltdown in front of the eyes of the world the way Apple did today.  Yet when my son got out of the store after three hours of hell inside the store (we were snuck to the front of the line by someone …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Epic Fail: Six Million iBricks... and Growing  —  Well this is a fine kettle of fish. iPhone activations have essentially gone down and everyone - from folks updating their old phones to new 3G activators - are stuck with bricks until traffic dies off.  Reader Brent reports:
Discussion: mocoNews.net, Lockergnome and TG Daily
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple and AT&T Stores Having Difficulty Activating iPhones (UPDATE: It's the iPocalypse)  —  We've heard [four] many accounts now from varying Apple store and AT&T locations that employees are having problems while trying to activate phones through iTunes.  From Atlanta, one camper reports:
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple iPhone goes on sale; early software glitch fixed
Discussion: BetaNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 3G In NYC: Sold Out At AT&T, Still Some At The Apple Stores
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Manufacturing a First-Day iPhone Shortage?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Launch woes turn iPhone Parousia into activation apocalypse
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
How the iPhone App Store Will Kill iPhone Web Apps  —  Now that the App store is up and running and the millions across the globe that have waited for chat applications and games finally have a service available to them to get most of what they need on their iPhone and iPod touch …
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Exchange / You Had Me At EHLO:
iPhone 2.0; Welcome to Exchange!  —  If you've not heard; Apple released iPhone 2.0 today which includes a software update to the existing iPhones in the market (yes, we mentioned it when it was announced as well).  We're thrilled to add them to the family of Exchange ActiveSync licensees …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review  —  It's hard to think of any other device that's enjoyed the level of exposure and hype that Apple found in the launch of the first iPhone.  Who could forget it?  Everyone got to be a gadget nerd for a day; even those completely disinterested in technology seemed to come down with iPhone fever.
Hanna Sistek / CNET News.com:   Truphone's VoIP app dials up iPhone
Kent German / CNET News.com:
CNET's iPhone 3G review in real time
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Review
Discussion: IntoMobile
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Five ways the App Store will change the world
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:   Good eatin' from Yelp, the iPhone way
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Official announcement regarding my retirement from blogging.  —  “It's with a heavy heart, and much consideration, that today I would like to announce my retirement from blogging.”  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis, July 11th 2008.  —  This was an extremely difficult decision, and I haven't made it lightly.
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Sarah Lacy:
Blogging's Crossroads  —  I just finished reading the Jason Calacanis blogging resignation letter and can't help but be struck by the about face of one of the guys who— love him or hate him— did a lot to put professional blogging on the map.  (I know, Paul Carr, don't hate me...) …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Apple's iPhone 2.0 update is failing  —  Look familiar?  It's what I and others have been seeing this morning when trying to upgrade to the iPhone 2.0 firmware.  Apple's servers are apparently being dismantled by heavy traffic.  That's nice.  But now I have a brick with no ability to call, no contacts, nothing.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iPhone 2.0 update wreaks havoc on 1st-gen devices
Discussion: last100 and The Social
Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
iPhone 3G OS Already Unlocked / ‘Jailbroken’
Discussion: The Register and Newlaunches.com
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's software update beats Apple and Ubuntu  —  Every OS out there can be updated over the Web.  In fact, this functionality is a critical and important part of the OS, and updates are often done in an automated fashion.  Windows has its Windows Update, Mac OS X has its Apple Software Update …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Can't Find a Parking Spot?  Check Smartphone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The secret to finding the perfect parking spot in congested cities is usually just a matter of luck.  But drivers here will get some help from an innocuous tab of plastic that will soon be glued to the streets.
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google hangs with San Francisco mayor
CNN:
FCC Chairman Recommends No Fine for Comcast  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin Friday said he would not seek to fine cable giant Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) for slowing some Internet traffic.  —  Instead, Martin said he wants the Comcast …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Would Bar Comcast From Imposing Web Restrictions
Discussion: Electronista and Digital Daily
Robert Verkaik / The Independent:
Mother sues over tale of ‘drunken party’ lifted from Bebo  —  It read like the teenage party from hell: a riot of sex and wanton damage fuelled by under-age drinking that only ended when the police arrived.  According to media reports, the mother of the teenage hostess was so angry with her daughter that she punched her.
Discussion: Techdirt, CNET News.com and Slashdot
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Is Google Heading Down the Yahoo! Path?  —  This week Google made the fourth announcement in the past 12 months that has made me question whether the company is beginning to lose focus.  Google built itself to be the 33rd biggest company in the world (by market value) — the 10th largest in the US …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The GOP Launches Site (And Facebook App) …
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