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10:10 AM ET, July 11, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Guardian Media Group Buys paidContent for $30 Million  —  In what will be seen as a new media coup, sources tell BoomTown that Britain's Guardian Media Group is set to announce this morning that it will buy the company that runs the high-profile digital media news site paidContent for a price “north of $30 million.”
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
ContentNext 2.0: Life With The Guardian Media Group  —  We got scooped on the biggest story of our own company's life.  Such is our life.  Almost six years after our company started with paidContent.org, we have been acquired by Guardian News & Media (GNM), the news media division of UK-headquartered Guardian Media Group (GMG).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Confirmed: PaidContent Bought By the Guardian - Here's How Media History is Made  —  The trailblazing blog PaidContent, specializing in coverage of the business of new media, will be acquired by the Guardian Media Group, writes Kara Swisher tonight in a very sweet scoop.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
Before the App Store “Opens”, it has already made Apple $55,000  —  Tucked away on the iPhone 2.0 version of Apple's Application Store is a counter for the number of times that each application has been purchased .  When this information is combined with an application's price …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The App Store, Day One  —  A few random observations regarding the App Store and some of the apps:  —  DOWNLOAD COUNTS  —  On the iPhone's App Store app, at the bottom of the details page for every app is a downloads count.  Given that the only way to download a non-free app is to buy it …
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress For iPhone  —  The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go.  It supports WordPress.com blogs as well as self-hosted WordPress.org blogs running version 2.5.1 or newer.  —  Timing wise, with the launch of Apple's iTunes App store this morning, we expect to see this showing up very soon.
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Amid the App Store fanfare, Apple releases significant update for AppleTV
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First Look: Exposure for the iPhone
Discussion: Macworld and Infinite Loop
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store
Vindu Goel / Bits:
An Imminent Victory for ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates  —  When Comcast admitted last fall that it was blocking — or slowing down, as the company preferred to call it — certain file transfers by customers, a lot of people complained that the company was unfairly discriminating against heavy Internet users.
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John Dunbar / Associated Press:
FCC chief says Comcast violated Internet rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.
Discussion: p2pnet and paidContent.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Believes In FCC Authority When It Suits Comcast; Otherwise?
Discussion: Ars Technica and DSLreports
Om Malik / GigaOM:
I Can't Find MobileMe  —  At $99 a year, I expect my online service to function all the time.  So perhaps that is why I am a little upset that Apple hasn't been able to launch their MobileMe service properly and are experiencing outages.  The fact that the service was supposed to launch …
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Associated Press:
Outage hobbles new Apple Web service  —  Users have trouble accessing new Apple's $99-per-year MobileMe service, which launches Friday.  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Apple's new data-synching service got off to a rocky start Thursday, as some users were denied access to their accounts just hours …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
New iPhone 3G goes on sale  —  Apple's new iPhone 3G went on sale this morning, as the Californian company's latest attempt to capture the public imagination.  —  The first UK iPhone 3G was sold at 8.02am, in a stunt designed to promote the O2 network, which has an exclusive deal to provide iPhone service in the UK.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another key early Facebook employee, Jeff Hammerbacher, is leaving the company  —  Facebook may now be the largest social network in the world, and it may be continually innovating with nice new products like its Twitter-like iPhone application, but more and more beloved early employees are heading out the door.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 2.0 Unlocked (YES!)  —  The new iPhone OS 2.0 software has been unlocked and jailbroken.  It was released just hours ago and it has already been cracked by the iPhone Dev Team.  The first one took a couple of months, but this one was actually unlocked before Apple released it to the public.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Female CEOs at top Silicon Valley tech firms down to zero  —  OUSTER AT VMWARE RIPPLES IN VALLEY  —  The number of women chief executives at Silicon Valley's biggest technology companies dropped to zero this week, with the abrupt departure of VMware's Diane Greene from the company she co-founded 10 years ago.
Discussion: Know It All
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
A victim of its own success: troubled times ahead for VMware  —  VMware shareholders received a double-whammy of bad news earlier this week.  A combination of reduced growth forecasts for 2008 and the surprise announcement that CEO and cofounder Diane Greene was being ousted saw VMW lose 24 percent of its value on Tuesday.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Jerry Yang's Pledge: Not on My Watch  —  If BoomTown had any doubt that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was going to knuckle under to the public kneecapping given to him by the activist investor Carl “Shark” Icahn and Microsoft CEO Steve “My Way or the Highway” Ballmer earlier this week …
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
GE Earnings: NBC U Misses Another Quarter
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Disney Interactive Media Group Integration Begins With Long List …
Joe Fay / The Register:
O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Shrinking Sun under the gun
Discussion: eWeek, Open Sources and Valleywag
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firms ‘miss’ social site success
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why is Scrabulous still up?  —  After Hasbro and Mattel went …
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
All Nvidia G84 and G86s are bad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Priming the Pump: New Users, Meet the Old Winners
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted...
Discussion: Slashdot and p2pnet
InfoWorld:
Artificial intelligence tied to search future
Discussion: Beyond Search
Mike Simons / Computerworld:
No servers, no stories at Financial Times
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Researchers craft bot to populate Wikipedia with gene data
Cade Metz / The Register:
Cokeheads slip AI onto Yahoo! front page
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Seagate first with 1.5TB hard drives
 

 
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