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12:00 PM ET, July 15, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Unlocked with SIM Card Adapter  —  Just four days after its launch, the iPhone 3G has been unlocked for the first time exactly like the original iPhone: using a special card that piggybacks to your SIM card, fooling the phone into thinking it's using an official carrier.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone Device Software 2.0.1 on the way?  —  Every once in a while, we have a slow enough day at the BGR HQ that we sometimes put on our “nerd glasses” and peruse our web server logs for some nitty gritty information.  As we are a fairly popular gadget and technology blog, (no …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone 3G: Sold out in 21 states  —  Shoppers hunting for iPhone 3Gs can still find them — if they're willing to get up early and, in some cases, drive long distances.  —  As of 6:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, all three models (8GB black, 16 GB black or white) of the hot-selling device were sold out in 21 states …
YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy: An Update  —  As we let you know on July 4, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing history data.  We are pleased to report that Viacom, MTV and other litigants have backed off their original demand for all users' viewing histories and we will not be providing that information.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Viacom Agree To Preserve User Anonymity In Data Shakedown  —  The Google-Viacom showdown over the handover of YouTube user data appears to be over.  The two sides agreed to changes in a previous ruling that would have required Google to hand over user id's, IP addresses and a list …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom, YouTube agree to mask user data
Discussion: Search Engine Land and DailyTech
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google and Viacom reach deal over YouTube user data
Discussion: p2pnet and News Headlines
BBC:   Viacom ‘backs off’ YouTube demand
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
The backstory on Senate's Google-Yahoo hearing  —  The U.S. Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday on the antitrust implications of the Google-Yahoo ad deal, and the two companies, along with Microsoft, are testifying.  You should expect sober, selfless discussions conducted with the public's best interests in mind.
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Johanna Shelton / Google Public Policy Blog:
Congressional hearings on online competition and our ad agreement with Yahoo  —  With all the twists and turns in the online advertising space since the beginning of this year, it's no surprise that Members of Congress would be interested in looking at the issue of competition in that space.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google exec says Yahoo deal won't expand its lead
Discussion: eWeek and paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Many Silicon Valley Startup Executives Are Hopped Up On Provigil?  —  Is someone you work with taking Provigil to give them an extra competitive edge?  I've spoken with one executive who says he uses it regularly to work twenty hour days, and the buzz lately is that it's the “entrepreneur's drug of choice” around Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.6  —  I'm happy to announce that version 2.6 of WordPress.org is now available, almost a month ahead schedule.  Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Can We All Get Along?  Um, No.  —  Another day, another round of internecine battling among the main players of the Internet's longest-running soap opera.  —  That would be Yahoo, Microsoft and Carl Icahn.  —  The trio are fighting over the fate of Yahoo (YHOO) and who should control the iconic Web company.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Testing New Digg-Like Search Interface  —  Google has experimented with search features that let users vote on search results, and/or recommend other results than those given, since late 2007.  They generally bucket test these features (meaning some small percentage of users …
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The Official Google Blog:
“In their own words”: political videos meet Google speech-to-text technology  —  In this U.S. election year, what information could be more important than the candidates' own words to describe their views, actions and platforms?  —  Our teams have been working to develop tools to make it easier …
John Leyden / The Register:
Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes  —  An unpatched PC is likely to last just four minutes on the internet before been attacked and compromised.  —  The time it takes for a PC to get itself owned varies by operating system and what activities a user engages in …
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Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Dell said to be planning launch of low-cost notebook in August  —  Dell is planning to introduce a low-cost notebook in August to join the low-cost notebook market, according to the market sources.  The notebook will be manufactured by Compal Electronics, according to the sources
IDG News Service:
Intel's Quad-core Mobile Chip Coming Next Month  —  Intel will release it's first quad-core processor for laptops next month, rounding out a broad update to its mobile computing platform.  —  “We're bringing quad-core to mobile in August,” said Sujan Kamran, regional marketing manager for client platforms at Intel in Singapore.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Online ad rates slid 14% since January  —  The average online advertising rate dropped 14.2% in the first six months of the year, according to a new industry survey.  —  Demonstrating that even interactive advertising is not immune to the deterioration of the economy, PubMatic …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Fridges Begin To Melt Down  —  Back in April of 2006, Google began sending out Google Fridges to some of their larger advertisers as a thank you.  Well, I am now seeing reports via WebmasterWorld that those fridges are beginning to break.  —  WebmasterWorld's Hubie said:
Discussion: Gearlog and Bloggle
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Confirmed: Apple files suit against Psystar
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Norton 2009 products open to public beta
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
KickApps Adds Userplane's Facebook-like Chat to Social Networks
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
PubMatic AdPrice Index: Prices Still Stagnant
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Location, Location, Location - iPhone-friendly Skyhook upgrades its technology
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Create your own Mac tablet
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL launches personal finance site
Discussion: Beet.TV and Mashable!
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Tear down the broadcast towers
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How To Maximize Your iPhone 3G's Questionably Adequate Battery Life
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