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6:05 AM ET, August 11, 2008


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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Software Sales Take Off: Apple's Jobs  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc.'s bet on cellphone software appears to be paying off.  —  In the month since Apple opened an online software clearinghouse called the App Store, users have downloaded more than 60 million programs for the iPhone …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Steve Jobs: 60 million iPhone apps downloaded, confirms kill switch  —  Steve Jobs, presumably speaking from a hyperbaric chamber where he's being nourished with an infusion of liquified developers-souls before his next public appearance, had a few interesting tidbits about the AppStore for the Wall Street Journal this morning.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone App Downloads Are Up.  What About Their Usage?  —  >The iPhone App Store is red hot: in its first month, more than 60 million software programs were downloaded and generated about $1 million a day in sales.  That information comes from Steve Jobs in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Mathew /
Salon builds it — but will anyone come?  —  For a number of months now, the online magazine Salon has been building a hosted blog network/media hub called, which is expected to launch officially this morning.  According to a blog post by Open Salon director Kerry Lauerman a few weeks ago …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Salon launches blogger ‘tipping’ system
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Is Google a Media Company?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Type “buttermilk pancakes” into Google, and among the top three or four search results you will find a link to a detailed recipe complete with a photo of a scrumptious stack from a site called Knol, which is owned by Google.
Next-Generation Intel PC Chips to Carry Intel Core Name  —  Intel Corporation announced today that desktop processors based on the company's upcoming new microarchitecture (codenamed “Nehalem") will be formally branded “Intel® Core™ processor.”  The first products in this new family …
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Many Fail to See the Humor in ‘I Am Rich’ for the iPhone  —  When Apple announced in March that it would open up the iPhone to outside software developers, it promised that the resulting applications would help create “amazing” and “innovative” applications that would transform the concept of a smartphone.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Live video of HTC's “Dream” Android phone?  —  Yeah, it's not the highest quality video we've ever seen, but if you can look past the blurriness and Darth Vader breathing noises you might be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks to an eagle-eyed tipster, we've some video footage of what might be the HTC Dream.
David Carr / New York Times:
All of Us, the Arbiters of News  —  Early on in any journalist's career, the young reporter is besieged by advice from all sides.  Flacks, sources and run-of-the-mill busybodies will pound on the phone about why the reporter isn't covering this or that story.
Discussion: Gawker
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: RIAA damages too high in innocent infringement case  —  A judge has ruled that a teenage girl who admitted to downloading music over KaZaA will only have to pay damages of $200 per song, instead of the $750-30,000 normally allowed under the Copyright Act (and the $750 per song sought by the RIAA).
Discussion: DSLreports, Mashable!, p2pnet and Digg
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
Why Microsoft and Intel tried to kill the XO $100 laptop  —  Nicholas Negroponte had a vision: to build a $100 laptop and give away millions to educate the world's poorest children.  And then the fat-cat multinationals got scared and broke it...  Mousetrap weblog: In pictures - the revamped $100 laptop
Dave Bullock / Threat Level:
A First Ever Look Inside The Defcon Network Operations Center  —  The backbone of the Defcon network consists of a Cisco fiber switch (second box from top).  The firewall (bottom server) is a quad-core Xeon running OpenBSD and employing pf to filter and shape traffic.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
NBC's Olympic Ratings Get A Web-Based Boost  —  The Beijing Olympic Games are beginning to answer a pressing question for the world's biggest media companies: Will the rise of Internet video and piracy erode even television's most valuable franchises?  —  So far, the answer is no. More viewers tuned …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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