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4:10 AM ET, July 11, 2008

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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone App Store first impression: Sublime beyond belief  —  If you don't have an iPhone, you're going to want one real soon.  I say this not because of peer pressure or because of the Apple marketing machine.  Or even because of the iPhone 3G.  I say it because the App Store …
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
The Iconfactory:
Twitterrific for the Apple App Store  —  We're very pleased to announce the immediate release of Twitterrific for the iPhone and iPod touch from Apple's newly launched App Store.  This revolutionary online store offers limitless software choices for users of Apple's mobile hardware and we're proud to be a part of the grand opening.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iPhone Application Overview And Demo Videos  —  It's not official quite yet, but the iPhone App Store is live and you can download version 2.0 of the iPhone software - which is all you need to run the 552 applications currently available.  —  We've been gathering videos and overviews …
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress For iPhone  —  The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
Before the App Store “Opens”, it has already made Apple $55,000
Discussion: MacRumors and Forbes
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store
Discussion: webmonkey
Ben Wilson / CNET News.com:
iPhone app hands-on: Super Monkey Ball (with screenshots)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store: The Early List of Top Downloads
Discussion: CRM FYI
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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.0 Firmware (5A347) Available Early
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.
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Amid the App Store fanfare, Apple releases significant update for AppleTV  —  While we're waiting for MobileMe to become available for longer than five minutes, it's worth noting among the App Store fanfare that Apple has also updated its AppleTV.  —  Early Thursday Apple released iTunes 7.7, making the App Store possible.
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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 …
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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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 …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
All Nvidia G84 and G86s are bad  —  Comment No word on MCPs yet  —  THE BURNING QUESTION on everyone's mind is what Nvidia parts are failing in the field?  No GT200 jokes here, NV personnel are still quite sensitive about that, but our moles have told us about the bum GPUs.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: No Sex in Second Life-Killer Lively (GOOG)  —  What's the difference between Linden Lab's (SAI 25 #11) Second Life and Lively, the new virtual world announced by Google?  —  How much time do you have?  Second Life requires its own software and needs a PC equipped with a high-end graphics card; Lively runs in a Web browser.
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Priming the Pump: New Users, Meet the Old Winners  —  Social media, it's all about the democratization of communication and empowering new voices - right?  A few years into the new media revolution, reality is looking a little more complicated than that theory would suggest.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted...  For years, we've been pointing out that as the entertainment industry, telcos and the government increase efforts to spy on the activities of users (for various reasons, good or bad), all it's going to do is speed the adoption of encryption technologies.
Discussion: p2pnet
Cade Metz / The Register:
Cokeheads slip AI onto Yahoo! front page  —  NPUC 08 Yahoo! is now using real-time automated algorithms to select news stories on its famous front page, claiming a 25 to 30 per cent increase in click through rate - and millions of dollars in additional yearly revenue.
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Browse Del.icio.us Bookmarks Visually With FavThumbs  —  While we've waited with bated breath for the release of Delicious 2.0 (Yahoo's been teasing us for months), Ryan Sit, the creator of Swurl, a recently launched startup that offers a lifecasting aggregator for web activity …
InfoWorld:
Artificial intelligence tied to search future  —  AI (Artificial intelligence) has the potential to enhance Internet searches, but obstacles still must be overcome, a speaker stressed at a technical conference Thursday hosted by IBM.  —  Entitled “The New AI: New Paradigms for Using Computers Workshop …
Discussion: Beyond Search
 
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Mike Simons / Computerworld:
No servers, no stories at Financial Times
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Jamin Brophy-Warren / Wall Street Journal:
Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes
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Amazon Kindle Sales on the Rise?
Rhonda Wickham / Wireless Week:
Samsung Instinct Sets Record at Best Buy
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Facebook for iPhone
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNet.com.au:
Microsoft ditched as Anglicans go open source
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The Line Begins In Palo Alto (Updated)
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VMware's CEO switch targeted at Microsoft, analysts say
 

 
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