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12:20 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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Voices Concerns about Google-Yahoo Deal's Implications For Competition, Internet Innovation, Consumer Choice and Privacy  —  In Congressional testimony, General Counsel Brad Smith outlines how the deal will create less choice, less innovation and higher prices for online advertisers, content creators and consumers
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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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.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google exec says Yahoo deal won't expand its lead
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
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 Liedtke / Associated Press:
Outraged Icahn refocuses on ousting Yahoo board
Discussion: Maximum PC all
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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Intel Centrino 2 lives  —  Following a technical stumble which allowed AMD to gain a lead, Intel has now released the long awaited Centrino 2 notebook platform.  —  The platform, code-named “Montevina” was due for release last month but a technical hitch meant that the launch had to be delayed …
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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.
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 …
PubMatic:
PubMatic AdPrice Index  —  Would you like future updates of the PubMatic AdPrice Index sent to you?  Subscribe to monthly updates by typing your email here:  —  The PubMatic AdPrice Index is a broad-based measure of ad network pricing information.  It is based on anonymous data …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
PubMatic AdPrice Index: Prices Still Stagnant
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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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San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. officials locked out of computer network  —  (07-14) 19:23 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail, authorities said Monday.
 
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Google's Retention Problem?
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