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5:30 PM ET, July 11, 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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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 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: TG Daily
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Server crashes, slow lines frustrate iPhone buyers  —  This post was updated at 10:34 a.m. PDT with further details of the server issues.  —  NEW YORK—The process of obtaining an iPhone 3G appears to be going in slow motion because of AT&T activation server crashes that have been confirmed in New York …
The Macalope:
iPhone launch-o-mess-o-rama  —  As you know, the Macalope's not galloping out this morning to get an iPhone 3G.  Particularly since he feels like he just got a new iPhone yesterday with the 2.0 software update.  —  And it seems that might not be a bad idea all around.
Discussion: Gearlog, The Apple Core and Valleywag
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Launch woes turn iPhone Parousia into activation apocalypse
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iFail 3G: Inside the iPhone launch failure with videos
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Webomatica
BBC:   Software glitch hits iPhone fans
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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Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
iTunes Store “Unavailable”: This iPod Touch Owner is Stuck in Update Limbo  —  Since I'm a Verizon Wireless customer the closest thing to joining the iFrenzy for the iPhone 3G is taking advantage of Apple's App Store and the wealth new software options available for my iPod Touch.
Discussion: Industry Standard and Apple 2.0
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iPhone 2.0 update wreaks havoc on 1st-gen devices
Discussion: last100
Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
iPhone 3G OS Already Unlocked / ‘Jailbroken’
Discussion: The Register and Newlaunches.com
Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:   iPhone 3G and 2.0 Upgrade - First Thoughts
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).
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Why Guardian Media Bought paidContent for $30M
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rafat Ali: from blogs to riches
Discussion: paidContent.org and Guardian
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.
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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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Official iPhone 2.0 (5A347) Firmware [Update]
Discussion: FactoryCity, Forbes and I4U News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 3G In NYC: Sold Out At AT&T, Still Some At The Apple Stores  —  No surprise: Apple seems to have stocked its own retail stores with many more new iPhone 3Gs than it gave out to carrier partner AT&T.  —  As of noon Friday, ten of ten AT&T (T) stores we contacted in Manhattan and Brooklyn …
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Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
From Music Search To Local Search On Steroids: Apple Apps Store …
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Five ways the App Store will change the world
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 …
Discussion: GMSV
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Vindu Goel / Bits:
An Imminent Victory for ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
FCC chief says Comcast violated Internet rules
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
When you're Robert Scoble, you don't wait for an iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The perks of being a famous tech blogger include not having to stand in line all night for the latest gadget.  —  I was out in front of the Apple store near Union Square here at 9 p.m. PDT on Thursday standing in line …
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.
Discussion: SarahLacy.com and Valleywag
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Di Wang / Google Sites Blog:
Google Sites on your domain  —  Update: some of you may not see this new feature yet, we are rolling it out over the next week.  —  The most popular request we have had since our launch has been the ability to change site URLs, and we are excited to announce our first set of features in this area.
 
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The GOP Launches Site (And Facebook App) …
Discussion: Xconomy and Threat Level
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Is Google Heading Down the Yahoo! Path?
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Odeo Giving It Another Go
Discussion: Download Squad and NewTeeVee
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Google hangs with San Francisco mayor
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Touchless Tech  —  In the future of Steven Spielberg's Minority …
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Obama bloats Vista by 11MB
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