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1:35 PM 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.”
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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 paidContent.org, we have been acquired by Guardian News & Media (GNM), the news media division of UK-headquartered Guardian Media Group (GMG).
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
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rafat Ali: from blogs to riches
Discussion: Guardian
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Guardian Media Bought paidContent for $30M
Discussion: ben barren
paidContent.org:   Guardian News & Media to buy ContentNext Media
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:
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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 …
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 …
BBC:   Software glitch hits iPhone fans
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 …
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Fred / A VC:
What can we learn about the iPhone app ecosystem from the Facebook app ecosystem?
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First Look: Exposure for the iPhone
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store
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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John Dunbar / Associated Press:
FCC chief says Comcast violated Internet rules  —  APNewsBreak: FCC chairman to recommend sanctions against Comcast for blocking Internet traffic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast loses: FCC head slams company's P2P filtering
Discussion: Broadband Politics and Digg
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Believes In FCC Authority When It Suits Comcast; Otherwise?
Discussion: Ars Technica and DSLreports
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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Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
iPhone 3G OS Already Unlocked / ‘Jailbroken’
Discussion: The Register, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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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Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
iTunes Store “Unavailable”: This iPod Touch Owner is Stuck in Update Limbo  —  Since I'm a Verizon Wireless customer the closest thing to joining the iFrenzy for the iPhone 3G is taking advantage of Apple's App Store and the wealth new software options available for my iPod Touch.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Joe Fay / The Register:
AMD takes a $950m hit in Q2  —  AMD has bitten the write-downs bullet and will take an $880m impairment charge on parts of its ATI Technologies acquisition in its second quarter results.  —  The struggling chip vendor revealed the massive write-down in an SEC filing today …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   AMD to take $948 million second-quarter charge
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Adding Geosearch (with Screenshot)  —  YouTube will soon add geosearch — giving viewers the ability to find videos tagged to a certain location — disclosed product manager Brian Glick at a developer talk at YouTube's San Bruno, Calif., campus on Thursday.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Adding Geographic Search
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Female CEOs at top Silicon Valley tech firms down to zero  —  OUSTER AT VMWARE RIPPLES IN VALLEY  —  The number of women chief executives at Silicon Valley's biggest technology companies dropped to zero this week, with the abrupt departure of VMware's Diane Greene from the company she co-founded 10 years ago.
Discussion: Know It All
Lester Haines / The Register:
Obama bloats Vista by 11MB  —  56MB update adds five words to dictionary  —  We're very much obliged today to readers Hawkeye and Duncan Lilly for providing evidence that the Beast of Redmond's Vista is not the lean, mean fighting machine it really should be.  Try this “important” update warning for size:
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 …
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Associated Press:   Outage hobbles new Apple Web service
 
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
In Deepening Ad Decline, Sales Fall 8% at Magazines
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Christian Science Monitor:
The field narrows for e-books
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Leah Friedman / Raleigh News & Observer:
N&O subscriber sues the paper for cutting staff
Discussion: Techdirt and MediaFile
Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Rough estimate: 75% of N.Y. iPhone line wants 16GB phone
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
A victim of its own success: troubled times ahead for VMware
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Shrinking Sun under the gun
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
All Nvidia G84 and G86s are bad
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Another key early Facebook employee, Jeff Hammerbacher, is leaving the company
 

 
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