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1:15 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  —  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.
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 …
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 …
Joe Fay / The Register:
O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand
BBC:   Software glitch hits iPhone fans
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone 3G debuts; some glitches reported
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First Look: Exposure for the iPhone
Fred / A VC:
What can we learn about the iPhone app ecosystem from the Facebook app ecosystem?
Discussion: Inside Social Games
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
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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MacRumors:
U.S. iPhone Launch, More Photos, and Impressions
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review
Discussion: The After Mac, Gizmodo and The Map Room
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Official iPhone 2.0 (5A347) Firmware [Update]
Discussion: Touch Arcade and VentureBeat
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
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
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
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
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.
 
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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
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Ryan Spoon:
Amazon Kindle is a Hit: 12% of Book Sales on Amazon, Doubled Since May
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com, TeleRead and Time
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Rough estimate: 75% of N.Y. iPhone line wants 16GB phone
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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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another key early Facebook employee, Jeff Hammerbacher, is leaving the company
 

 
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