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4:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Mathew /
Jason's long goodbye: Give me a break  —  I know that the goodbye post written by Mahalo supremo Jason Calacanis for his blog is supposedly heartfelt, and full of what he no doubt believes (or hopes we will believe) is authentic human emotion, but it still feels all wrong.  Is it the fact that it reads like a bad script?
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...) …
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 …
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 …
Hanna Sistek / CNET   Truphone's VoIP app dials up iPhone
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET   Good eatin' from Yelp, the iPhone way
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Five ways the App Store will change the world
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.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Review
Discussion: IntoMobile and LAPTOP Magazine
Kent German / CNET
CNET's iPhone 3G review in real time
Discussion: Between the Lines and ZDNet
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Upgrading from Unofficial iPhone 2.0 Firmware to Official 2.0 Firmware  —  Yesterday, we published a link to what appeared to be the release version of the iPhone 2.0 Firmware.  This version of the firmware was successfully installed on a number of original iPhones and readers were able to start using Apps from the iTunes App Store.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Apple's iPhone 2.0 update is failing
Jennifer Chappell / TreoCentral:
Forum Members Hands-On with Treo 800w  —  That Was Fast!  —  Wow, that was fast!  We just reported yesterday that folks had found out that they could order the Treo 800w.  —  A reader who wished to remain anonymous wrote in around 6:43pm and told me that he already had a Treo 800w in hand …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Manufacturing a First-Day iPhone Shortage?  —  There's nothing like scarcity to make you want something more.  Apple understands this, which is why it tightly controls how many iPhones are available at any given time.  Some anecdotal evidence is coming in that its partner AT&T …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TG Daily
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 …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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.
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.
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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The Cost Of Online Video: $8 Billion And Counting
Discussion: and Valleywag
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: Vista more secure than XP, Leopard, and Linux
Discussion: Microsoft
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
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Di Wang / Google Sites Blog:
Google Sites on your domain
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
RIM is officially on notice: Start a hype machine
Greg Sandoval / CNET
When you're Robert Scoble, you don't wait for an iPhone
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