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9:15 PM ET, July 8, 2008

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Niniane Wang / The Official Google Blog:
Be who you want on the web pages you visit  —  A while ago, I looked around the social web and wished that it could be less static.  Sure, you can leave a comment on a blog or write a text blurb on your social networking profile.  But what if you want to express yourself in a more fun way …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Virtual World Called Lively  —  Well, this sucks for Second Life.  Google is launching a new service today called Lively, a browser based virtual world add-on that lets users create and customize avatars and worlds, interact with other users, and generally have a richer social interaction than is offered by GTalk today.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:   Google Launches Lively to Create a Virtual World Across Social Networks
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Spat with Rogers leaves Canadian Apple stores without iPhones  —  Apple, disgusted with Rogers Wireless for dumping egregious service plans on would-be iPhone 3G buyers, has decided that its Canadian retail stores will have no part in helping the carrier market the new handset to customers, AppleInsider has learned.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Only U.S. Apple retail stores getting iPhone 3G  —  While Rogers, Canada's largest wireless carrier, has made few friends with its iPhone 3G rate plans, it's not the only foreign carrier that will have to go it alone with iPhone sales on Friday.  —  The Internet was all atwitter Tuesday …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft on Vista: ‘The time of worry is over.’  —  Microsoft wants its partners and customers to know that it's done letting letting its competitors and critics walk all over Windows Vista.  —  “We know our story is very different from what our competitors want us to think,” Brad Brooks …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple may have shipped 2.5 million Macs in spring thanks to Vista  —  The poor reception of Windows Vista, along with a strong Mac OS X, will help Apple continue to ship Macs at three times the industry average by the end of the spring, according to BMO Capital Markets.
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Admits Windows Vista Mistakes, Criticizes Apple Ads  —  The company will work to reverse the widely held belief, informed by early troubles upon the operating system's launch, that Vista isn't compatible with many applications and devices.  —  Microsoft is now acknowledging …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Lockergnome
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
EMC CEO's ego has cost investors billions  —  Whacks Greene when VMware needed her most  —  Comment By firing VMware chief Diane Greene, EMC's top dog Joe Tucci has sent a message to investors that his personal likes and dislikes come before their broader interests.
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Business Wire:
VMware Announces Change in Executive Leadership  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—VMware's Board of Directors announced today that it has made a change in the leadership of the company with the departure of Diane Greene as President and CEO.  VMware's Board of Directors has appointed Paul Maritz …
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:
EMC to VMware CEO: Buh-bye
Discussion: Open Source
US-CERT:
Multiple DNS implementations vulnerable to cache poisoning  —  Overview  —  Deficiencies in the DNS protocol and common DNS implementations facilitate DNS cache poisoning attacks.  —  I. Description  —  The Domain Name System (DNS) is responsible for translating host names to IP addresses …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bit.ly: Please Use This TinyURL of the Future  —  URL shorteners like TinyURL are a wildly popular way to share long links over email, IM, microblogging and other contexts.  The millions of shortcuts that have been created through such services represent a huge opportunity to capture interesting data …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Bit.ly launches today
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Is This the First iPhone 3G Unboxing?  —  A poster over at iPhonePortugal has revealed some photos of what they claim is the first iPhone 3G unboxing.  Apparently it's the 8GB version, and it certainly looks it, with its rounded back already carrying fingerprint smudges.
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 3G on Friday
Discussion: Public Knowledge and Gizmodo
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud  —  Try again in 30 seconds.  Or an hour  —  Updated Google's Docs and Spreadsheets disappeared today for close to an hour, proving that the world's largest search engine is a long way from perfecting the art of online business applications.
Wall Street Journal:
Targeted Ads Raise Privacy Concerns  —  Pressure Could Imperil Online Strategy Shared by Phone and Cable-TV Firms  —  Cable and phone companies say their growth increasingly depends on being able to deliver targeted advertising to their Internet and TV customers, but criticism from privacy advocates is threatening that strategy.
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Hamilton Linden / Official Second Life Blog:
IBM and Linden Lab Interoperability Announcement  —  This is a historic day for Second Life, and for virtual worlds in general.  IBM and Linden Lab have announced that research teams from the two companies successfully teleported avatars from the Second Life Preview Grid into a virtual world running …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Linden Labs and IBM Break the Metaverse Barrier, Teleport Across Virtual Worlds
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GameStop's Leaked Xbox 360 Price Drop Info  —  Just in case all of those retailer circulars from Best Buy, KMart, et al, wasn't enough proof of an Xbox 360 price drop coming on Sunday, here's one more tidbit of proof.  —  A GameStop employee has sent us cell pics of the internal announcement …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple Expects 15-Minute Setup Process for New IPhone  —  Apple Inc. will start selling its new iPhone at 8 a.m. nationwide on July 11 and plans to activate U.S. customer accounts with AT&T Inc. within 15 minutes.  —  “Our expectation is that in 10 to 15 minutes, you'll be set up and ready to go …
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter growth continues despite outages
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TomTom HD Traffic heading to U.S.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
Select Flickr photos to sell via Getty license
The Official Palm Blog:
A new blue for you!  —  AT&T's Centro lineup adds a dazzling …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Skooba makes with the pictures of TSA-friendly bags (update: not really)
Kkovash / Blog of Metrics:
Colbert Bump - Firefox 3 Proves its Existence
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lost Remote
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fox Business Snatches WSJ's Walt Mossberg From CNBC
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Niek / Mininova blog:
New feature: personal bookmarks, remote downloading
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Loren Feldman is No Sacha Baron Cohen
Canon USA:
CANON'S NEW EOS REBEL XS CAMERA LOOKS TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reality Check: Internet Poses No Threat To TV
Gmail Blog:
Fighting phishing with eBay and PayPal
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Tests Walking Directions
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Crosses A Line
Marko Karppinen / MK&C:
Apple just gave out my Apple ID password because someone asked
Discussion: MacUser