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1:25 PM 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, Macsimum News, TUAW and Gizmodo
One More Thing:
Apple, AT&T mum on iPhone 3G issues  —  Note: CNET News' Tom Krazit and Marguerite Reardon co-wrote this article.  —  After his third iPhone 3G continued to cut him off in the middle of his conversations, Ryan Shaw had seen enough.  —  “The phone was a disappointment from the standpoint …
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.
BBC:
Invisibility cloak ‘step closer’  —  Scientists in the US say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people invisible.  —  Researchers at the University of California in Berkeley have developed a material that can bend light around 3D objects making them “disappear”.
Discussion: p2pnet and Digg
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
New meta-material doesn't actually render anything invisible
Discussion: Wired Science
Nature:   Three-dimensional optical metamaterial with a negative refractive index
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.
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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?
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.
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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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, TomsTechBlog.com and Digg
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 Sunday, 5.1 million watched 3.4 million.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: eWeek and Search Engine Watch Blog
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Is Content King Again?  —  Which is a better business to be in right now: content creation or distribution?  The New York Times alluded to this question in a piece about Warner Bros. this weekend.  From the article: … The Times is quick to point out that Apple has benefited …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
The power of the Hawk is a problem for SF-MoMA  —  Throwing the esteemed Thomas Hawk out on his ear is not the way to win friends and influence people  —  Thomas Hawk is the pen name of a photographer, blogger and web startup CEO who operates in the San Francisco Bay Area …
 
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Leo Lewis / Times of London:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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John Morris / The Core Truth:
Intel's Nehalem gets a new name
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Dow Jones Newswires:
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Electronista:
Verizon makes Visual Voice Mail official
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