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3:50 AM ET, July 9, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Newer, Faster, Cheaper iPhone 3G  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been the world's most influential smart phone since its debut a year ago, widely hailed for its beauty and functionality.  It was a true hand-held computer that raised the bar for all its competitors.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
For iPhone, the ‘New’ Is Relative  —  One year and 11 days ago, our nation was swept by iPhone Mania.  TV news coverage was relentless.  Hard-core fans camped out to be the first in line.  Bloggers referred to Apple's new product as the “Jesus phone.”  —  It was a stunning black slab of glass …
USA Today:
Apple's new iPhone 3G: Still not perfect, but really close  —  Extra, extra: iPhone 3G: The Sequel, is worth the wait.  —  It's cheaper, faster and a lot friendlier for business.  Apple's blockbuster smartphone already had nifty features such as visual voicemail, a splendid built-in video iPod …
Discussion: I4U News, iLounge and The iPhone Blog
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 3G unboxing, bitches!  —  Have you heard of the new iPhone 3G?  One of our Apple ninjas came through for us, and we've got some unboxing goodness for you to enjoy.  Yes sir — iPhone 3G is in the BGR offices!  First impressions?  It's black and shiny.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
They're out!  The first iPhone 3G reviews  —  First the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg jumped the gun, publishing his online review of Apple's new iPhone 3G on Tuesday night, more than a day before his usual Thursday column appears.  —  Then, about an hour later, the New York Times responded in kind …
Discussion: atmaspheric and AppleInsider
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 …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 3G on Friday
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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Introduces a Cartoonlike Method for Talking in Chat Rooms
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: The Macalope and Lockergnome
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   “Vista” Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple may have shipped 2.5 million Macs in spring thanks to Vista
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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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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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Telco Greed Overshadows iPhone 3G Launch
Discussion: iSmashPhone and Seeking Alpha
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Politician Using Twitter To Ignite Misleading Partisan Fight Over Politicians Posting To Twitter  —  Last month, I posted how cool it was that Republican Congressman John Culberson was really using Twitter to communicate with people.  It was a great use of the technology.
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 …
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
Select Flickr photos to sell via Getty license  —  Flickr on Tuesday entered a partnership with Getty Images to offer its users a way to potentially make money off their photography.  —  The Yahoo-owned photo-hosting community will be a new resource for Getty, which can now contact Flickr …
 
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
New: ReadWriteWeb Companies  —  Here's another new feature …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Push to Sell Ads On YouTube Hits Snags
Discussion: CNET News.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Mevio Raises Another $15M
Electronista:
Samsung ships low-cost 128GB SSDs
Discussion: TG Daily
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Breaking the law: one-third of US residents rip DVDs
Discussion: Gearlog
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Midori: a non-Windows OS in the works, not just experimental
Electronista:
Nokia 8208 two-way music slider leaked
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Send in the Clowns  —  Back in the old days - circa 1997-2000 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Don Clark / Business Technology:
What's on China's Hard Drives?
InfoWorld:
Microsoft sets Windows XP SP3 automatic download for Thursday
Stuff.tv News:
Asus Eee Box - full pricing and specs unveiled
Discussion: CyberNet and Liliputing
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Pirate Party Study Shatters MPAA Claims
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Ribbit, “Silicon Valley's first phone company,” …
Discussion: GigaOM and CenterNetworks
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fox Business Snatches WSJ's Walt Mossberg From CNBC
Discussion: paidContent.org
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud