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9:45 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 …
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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.
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.
Kenneth G. Brill / Forbes:
Servers: Why Thrifty Isn't Nifty  —  We are currently in the biggest data center construction boom in history.  At the same time, this boom is dramatically weakening the future flexibility and financial performance of information technology.  —  How can this be?  It's the old domino effect at work again.
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Beijing Olympic 2008 opening ceremony giant firework footprints ‘faked’  —  Parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday were faked because of fears over live filming, it has emerged.  —  As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown …
Discussion: Switched, The Register, Gizmodo and i-boy
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Salon launches blogger ‘tipping’ system  —  So you liked that blog post you just read—why don't you toss the writer a buck or two?  —  That's the rationale behind new-media outlet Salon's latest initiative.  Members of its “Open Salon” user-generated content community can now “tip” …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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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
Discussion: Digg
Andrew Binstock / InfoWorld:
Is unit testing doomed?  —  San Francisco - The agile revolution that began in software development in the 1990s has been inexorably making its way into mainstream IT organizations.  Today, one of the most adopted agile practices is unit testing, where developers write hundreds of small tests for exercising their own code.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Boston Subway System Stops Defcon Talk; But Paints Security Target On Its Back  —  You would think after years and years of it backfiring every time some scared organization tries to shut down a talk concerning their security vulnerabilities, that people wouldn't even bother any more.
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.
PC World:
PC Industry Scared Netbooks May Hurt Laptop Sales  —  Advanced Micro Devices has no immediate plans to release a processor designed for low-cost laptops, sometimes called netbooks, saying its not yet clear whether or not growing shipments of these devices will cannibalize sales of mainstream laptops.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Collaboration Pit Cisco Against Microsoft, Google?  —  Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter 2008 financials last week, but while the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant beat Wall Street estimates, thanks to the hurdle posed by the law of large numbers, it forecast more modest growth going forward.
Discussion: Business Week
Intel:
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 …
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Nehalem = i7: Intel unveils new Core processor brand
Discussion: TechSpot
 
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