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7:45 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
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Launch woes turn iPhone Parousia into activation apocalypse  —  Although the enthusiasm about waiting in line for an iPhone for days at a time was dampened a bit this time around thanks to worldwide launches outside the US, buzz was still renewed by this morning among Apple fans.
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple iPhone goes on sale; early software glitch fixed  —  The second coming of the iPhone arrived at 8 a.m. today at Apple outlets and other stores in Silicon Valley, but lines of buoyant fans were still forming hours later.  —  And an earlier problem reported today with Apple's iTunes software …
Discussion: BetaNews
Industry Standard:
Exclusive: Phil Schiller on the long wait for iPhone 3G activation
Discussion: Valleywag, DVICE and Gearlog
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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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, 9 to 5 Mac and The Apple Core
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
iPhone 2.0 update wreaks havoc on 1st-gen devices
Discussion: last100
Arn / MacRumors:
Upgrading from Unofficial iPhone 2.0 Firmware to Official 2.0 Firmware
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
iPhone 3G OS Already Unlocked / ‘Jailbroken’
Discussion: The Register and Newlaunches.com
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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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Review
Discussion: IntoMobile
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Five ways the App Store will change the world
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Manufacturing a First-Day iPhone Shortage?
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
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 …
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 and InformationWeek
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Will Take $900 Million Second Quarter Charge  —  Advanced Micro Devices disclosed that it will take more than $900 million in financial charges in the 2008 second quarter as the chip maker continues to struggle under its acquisition of ATI.  —  Advanced Micro Devices is looking …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AMD to take $948 million second-quarter charge
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 …
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 …
 
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The GOP Launches Site (And Facebook App) …
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