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8:20 AM ET, July 11, 2008


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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.”
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Confirmed: PaidContent Bought By the Guardian - Here's How Media History is Made  —  The trailblazing blog PaidContent, specializing in coverage of the business of new media, will be acquired by the Guardian Media Group, writes Kara Swisher tonight in a very sweet scoop.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rafat Ali /
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, we have been acquired by Guardian News & Media (GNM), the news media division of UK-headquartered Guardian Media Group (GMG).
Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
Before the App Store “Opens”, it has already made Apple $55,000  —  Tucked away on the iPhone 2.0 version of Apple's Application Store is a counter for the number of times that each application has been purchased .  When this information is combined with an application's price …
Google Mobile Blog:
Searching on an iPhone can be fun  —  You probably agree that nothing can be made too easy.  We've been dreaming of ways to make searching on phones easier and more fun.  —  Today, we're showing off our first native app for the iPhone and iPod touch — Google Mobile App.
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 …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress For iPhone  —  The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Blog Herald
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Believes In FCC Authority When It Suits Comcast; Otherwise?
Discussion: DSLreports
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
New iPhone 3G goes on sale  —  Apple's new iPhone 3G went on sale this morning, as the Californian company's latest attempt to capture the public imagination.  —  The first UK iPhone 3G was sold at 8.02am, in a stunt designed to promote the O2 network, which has an exclusive deal to provide iPhone service in the UK.
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.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
I Can't Find MobileMe  —  At $99 a year, I expect my online service to function all the time.  So perhaps that is why I am a little upset that Apple hasn't been able to launch their MobileMe service properly and are experiencing outages.  The fact that the service was supposed to launch …
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.
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Inquirer: Every Nvidia Graphics Card With G84 or G86 Chipset Is Ready to Die
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Joe Fay / The Register:
O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand  —  O2 customers reported that the firm's activation system crashed this morning as they raced to get their new 3G iPhones, but the telco insists everything is going swimmingly.  —  One reader in West London told El Reg that the manager of his local O2 shop …
Discussion: Josh Chandler's Blog
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Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Female CEOs at top Silicon Valley tech firms down to zero
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Shrinking Sun under the gun
Discussion: eWeek, Open Sources and Valleywag
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firms ‘miss’ social site success
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why is Scrabulous still up?  —  After Hasbro and Mattel went …
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Browse Bookmarks Visually With FavThumbs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Priming the Pump: New Users, Meet the Old Winners
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted...
Discussion: Slashdot, p2pnet and NewTeeVee
Artificial intelligence tied to search future
Discussion: Beyond Search
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No servers, no stories at Financial Times
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Researchers craft bot to populate Wikipedia with gene data
Jarkko Laine / Weekly Articles About Blogging:
NxE's Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers
Discussion: Digg
Cade Metz / The Register:
Cokeheads slip AI onto Yahoo! front page
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: No Sex in Second Life-Killer Lively (GOOG)
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is This The Best Homeland Security Can Do In Defending Laptop Searches …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Seagate first with 1.5TB hard drives
Jamin Brophy-Warren / Wall Street Journal:
Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes