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11:50 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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Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Analyst: 3 million iPhones sold in first month  —  Momentum isn't showing any signs of a dip; sales blow past expectations.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) — Talk about your summer scorchers.  —  One month after its debut, Apple's new iPhone has hit the 3 million sold mark, according to analyst Michael Cote of the Cote Collaborative.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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 it generated about $1 million a day in sales.  That information comes from Steve Jobs in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Jobs: App Store is huge; iPhone has a kill switch
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.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
The Olympics Watch: Not That Much  —  The Internet did not break, melt or probably even much notice the Olympics, in its first weekend.  —  On Saturday, for instance, only about 4.8 million people watched 3.1 million video streams on Saturday, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Beijing Olympic 2008 opening ceremony giant firework footprints ‘faked’
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Best Buy kiosks, coming to an airport near you  —  Electronics retailer Best Buy is picking up on the trend of installing vending machine-like kiosks in airports, in order to appeal to stressed travelers who left their cell phone charger at home or need a last-minute gift to appease cranky relatives.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and GottaBeMobile
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Best Buy to Install More Vending Machines at Top Airports  —  The Best Buy vending machine at Dallas/Fort Worth airport will be just one of a series of “Best Buy Express” machines, according to new info from Best Buy itself.  In partnership with ZoomSystems, Best Buy will install similar machines at Atlanta …
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” …
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Blogging for tips? It's Open Salon
Discussion: AppScout
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Salon builds it — but will anyone come?
Business Wire:
JDA Software Group to Acquire i2 Technologies  — Acquisition Combines Two Industry Leaders Resulting in One of the Most Comprehensive Global Supply Chain Management Offerings  — Strengthens JDA Market Position with More Than 6,000 Customers, Offering Unparalleled Supply Chain …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sold At Last: JDA Software To Buy i2 For $14.86/Shr
Discussion: PC World
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: p2pnet and Digg
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Macs To Get A Video Upgrade?  (AAPL)  —  Is Apple planning to improve the video capabilities on its Mac computers?  And is that the mystery “future product transition” Apple alluded to on its Q3 earnings call — one of the reasons it expects margins to be lower this quarter?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Jay Phillips / Adhearsion Blog:
What We're Not Admitting about Asterisk  —  It's time to clear up several restraining misconceptions in the telephony space.  These are points I outlined during my presentation at AsteriskTag in Berlin recently, though they bear repeating for everyone's sake.  —  This post is not the end of the discussion.
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.
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Business Technology:
Responsible Disclosure? Judge Gags Student Hackers
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Exposes Part Of Google Search Deal Terms In SEC Document  —  Both Reuters and CNET report on a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Yahoo that contains many of the details of its paid search deal with Google.  It's a redacted version of the agreement the two companies signed.
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi: Yep, The Kindle's A Huge Hit.  $1 Billion For Amazon In 2010 (AMZN)
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