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11:10 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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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 …
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: Lockergnome and 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
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple iPhone goes on sale; early software glitch fixed
Discussion: BetaNews
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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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
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
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 …
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Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
How the iPhone App Store Will Kill iPhone Web Apps
Discussion: ben barren
Hanna Sistek / CNET News.com:   Truphone's VoIP app dials up iPhone
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:   Good eatin' from Yelp, the iPhone way
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Five ways the App Store will change the world
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...) …
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
Kent German / CNET News.com:   CNET's iPhone 3G review in real time
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 …
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: Digital Daily and Electronista
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Antitrust hearing to draw Yahoo, Microsoft, Google legal eagles
Alicia Wallace / BroomfieldEnterprise.com:
Sun Microsystems cuts 212 jobs in Broomfield, Louisville
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
NY attorney general gets more ISPs to block alt.* newsgroups
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM's 4.0GHz Power7 to fuel 40,000 chip monster
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Scour pays you to search, improve results
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ZDNet:
Ex Hewlett-Packard VP pleads guilty to IBM theft
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Cost Of Online Video: $8 Billion And Counting
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Microsoft: Vista more secure than XP, Leopard, and Linux
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Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
How can Google break the ad-free culture on YouTube?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The GOP Launches Site (And Facebook App) …
Discussion: Obama'08, Xconomy and Threat Level
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google hangs with San Francisco mayor
Jeremy Herron / Associated Press:
Murdoch's News Corp. unlikely to be in Yahoo deal
Di Wang / Google Sites Blog:
Google Sites on your domain
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
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