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8:15 PM ET, July 12, 2008

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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
European retailers sell out at iPhone 3G launch  —  European retailers were sold out of the new iPhone 3G before stores in the US even opened on Friday, thanks in part to strong marketing from Apple's mobile partners.  —  The initial sales surge not only blew through stores' inventory …
Discussion: CenterNetworks, iPhone Savior and Digg
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Macworld:
iPhone 3G: Hands-on reviewer's notebook  —  An in-progress report on Apple's new phone  —  I'm writing Macworld's review of the iPhone 3G over the next couple of days.  This time, I thought I'd try something different—sharing some of my notes as I'm using the product.  That's what I'll be doing here.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and bub.blicio.us
John Markoff / New York Times:
iPhone Users Plagued by Software Problems
Discussion: Apple 2.0, TechCrunch and Scobleizer
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Google, Viacom now clashing over YouTube employee records  —  Viacom wants to know which videos YouTube employees have watched and uploaded to the site, and Google is refusing to provide that information, CNET News has learned.  —  This dispute is the reason the two companies and lawyers representing …
Discussion: Mashable! and Techdirt
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Viacom: Easy Tiger, We Don't Want Your Data  —  Viacom doesn't want to know what you watch on YouTube, so you can all relax.  At least, that's what an representative from the company told me Friday.  The blog-o-sphere (us included) erupted over the past week after a judge ordered YouTube …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jim Kukral / The Daily Flip, Jim Kukral:
The Death Of The A-list  —  It's July 2008.  Robert Scoble walks the early morning iphone3G line yelling “you're live on the internet” while broadcasting live on his Nokia phone via Qik.com.  But does anyone care what he's doing or knows who he is?  From the looks of the dreary eyed people in line …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and TomsTechBlog.com
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Apple iPhone v2.0 software on Saturday: Still M.I.A.  —  Approximately 36 hours after the release of the iPhone 2.0 firmware, existing iPhone customers still can't download it. iTunes says it's unavailable.  Apple should have done better.  —  We already know that on Friday, there were severe activation problems with the iPhone 3G.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Porn industry takes a steamy first shot at the iPhone  —  Van Nuys (CA) - There is lots of talk about Apple's new App Store and there are indications that software for the iPhone could become what iTunes has become for the iPod: Not only a promotional tool to drive hardware sales, but a platform that brings in lots of extra dollars.
Emily Price / Download Squad:
iPhone App Review: Pandora for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Friday amidst the fury new iPhone application releases, Pandora released an application for iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to take their personalized radio stations with them.  Existing Pandora users can download the free app …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Signs Point to Payment Platform Launch  —  Mike Germano of Carrot Creative posted a tweet earlier today that mentioned he was getting an SSL version of Facebook showing up.  Why would Facebook need and SSL version of their site up and running?  Technically they don't currently …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Norman Chan / Maximum PC all:
Microsoft Announces Futuristic-Looking Arc Mouse  —  We received a festive press kit in the mail today from Microsoft with details of their impending peripheral releases for the 2008 Holiday season.  What immediately caught our eye was the new Arc Mouse, a collapsible wireless mouse designed to be both stylish and portable.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Giving Sh*t Away is not a Business Strategy  —  I read two stories about companies adopting Open Source this week which give some interesting food for thought when juxtaposed.  —  The first is a blog post on C|Net from Matt Asay titled Ballmer: We'll look at open source, but we won't touch where he writes
Discussion: Open Source and InfoWorld
John Markoff / New York Times:
Can't Find a Parking Spot?  Check Smartphone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The secret to finding the perfect parking spot in congested cities is usually just a matter of luck.  But drivers here will get some help from an innocuous tab of plastic that will soon be glued to the streets.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Mashable!
Verizon:
V CAST Music With Rhapsody Gets Even Sweeter With LG Chocolate 3 From Verizon Wireless  —  New Flip Form Factor Turns up the Summer Heat with Enhanced Music Subscription Capabilities, Built-in FM transmitter, 2.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder  —  Customer Inquiries
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Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Magazine:
Gettin' Melted with the LG Chocolate 3
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget Mobile
 
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