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2:25 PM ET, July 11, 2008

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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 …
Industry Standard:
Exclusive: Phil Schiller on the long wait for iPhone 3G activation  —  I swung by the Boylston Street Apple Store in Boston to check out the iPhone 3G festivities and who did I find?  None other than Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President for Worldwide Product Marketing.
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 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Epic Fail: Six Million iBricks... and Growing  —  Well this is a fine kettle of fish. iPhone activations have essentially gone down and everyone - from folks updating their old phones to new 3G activators - are stuck with bricks until traffic dies off.  Reader Brent reports:
Discussion: The 463
BBC:   Software glitch hits iPhone fans
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Server crashes slow lines, frustrate iPhone buyers
Discussion: Darren Herman and The Social
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Launch woes turn iPhone Parousia into activation apocalypse
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).
Discussion: Screenwerk, CNET News.com, PSFK and /Message
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: paidContent.org and Guardian
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Guardian Media Bought paidContent for $30M
Discussion: ben barren
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Today @ PC World
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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
Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
iPhone 3G OS Already Unlocked / ‘Jailbroken’
Discussion: Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Official iPhone 2.0 (5A347) Firmware [Update]
Discussion: Forbes
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  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:   Comcast Ordered to Stop BitTorrent Traffic Interference
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast loses: FCC head slams company's P2P filtering
Discussion: Broadband Politics
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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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 …
Discussion: Gearlog
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
New iPhone 3G goes on sale
MacRumors:
U.S. iPhone Launch, More Photos, and Impressions [Notice]
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Adding Geographic Search
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Cuomo: AT&T and AOL block child porn newsgroups  —  ALBANY, N.Y. - Two more Internet access providers have agreed to eliminate certain newsgroups that contain child pornography and purge their servers of child pornography Web sites in an agreement with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Discussion: DSLreports
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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: Techmamas and Know It All
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review  —  It's hard to think of any other device that's enjoyed the level of exposure and hype that Apple found in the launch of the first iPhone.  Who could forget it?  Everyone got to be a gadget nerd for a day; even those completely disinterested in technology seemed to come down with iPhone fever.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
RIM is officially on notice: Start a hype machine  —  With the iPhone 3G launching worldwide, consumers standing in line, and journalists salivating at the thought of talking about it, we've suddenly forgotten about RIM, Motorola, Nokia, LG, and the rest of the major players in the cell phone space.
 
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Discussion: Portfolio.com
Christian Science Monitor:
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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