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12:50 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).
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rafat Ali: from blogs to riches  —  Rafat Ali sounds exhausted, but reassures me that he's extremely happy that six years of what always appears to be sleeplessly obsessive, high quality news coverage has paid off.  His baby, ContentNext, has just been bought by Guardian News and Media for a mystery sum.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Guardian Media Bought paidContent for $30M
Discussion: ben barren
paidContent.org:   Guardian News & Media to buy ContentNext Media
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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
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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 …
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 different US Apple store and AT&T locations that employees are having problems while trying to activate phones through iTunes.  From Atlanta, one camper reports:
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 …
MacRumors:
U.S. iPhone Launch, More Photos, and Impressions
Discussion: Tech Beat, Engadget and The Apple Blog
BBC:   Software glitch hits iPhone fans
Fred / A VC:
What can we learn about the iPhone app ecosystem from the Facebook app ecosystem?
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Arn / MacRumors:
iTunes App Store Screenshots, Pricing, and Revenues
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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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’  —  Well that was fast.  The iPhone 3G has only been available for a matter of hours - not days - but Gizmodo's iPhone Dev Team is already claiming the new software upgrade is unlocked and working just fine.  An unlocked or “jailbroken” …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Official iPhone 2.0 (5A347) Firmware [Update]
Discussion: Touch Arcade and VentureBeat
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
It's Here - The New 3G iPhone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Joe Fay / The Register:
O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand
Discussion: Josh Chandler's Blog
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: Startup Chatter and Know It All
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 …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and last100
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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:
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AMD to take $948 million second-quarter charge  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Friday that it would take a total of $948 million in charges in the second quarter, sending its stock down as much as 7 percent in early morning trading.  —  Shares of the chipmaker fell as low as $4.60 …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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