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11:55 AM ET, July 8, 2008

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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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
No new arrivals at NYC iPhone line, except a network news truck  —  Blurry Webcam photo shows a network news truck, but no other hullaballoo outside the Apple Store.  —  (Credit: Caroline McCarthy/CNET News)  —  NEW YORK—It's a lovely day here at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue and East 58th St., at least so far.
Discussion: geeksugar and One More Thing
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Canadian Apple Stores lose iPhone inventory thanks to Rogers
Discussion: AppleInsider
MK&C:
Apple just gave out my Apple ID password because someone asked  —  I tried to log in to Apple Developer Connection this morning to find out that my password had been changed and the email associated with my account was now a yahoo.com address that wasn't mine.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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Robby Stein / Gmail Blog:
Remote sign out and info to help you protect your Gmail account  —  Your email account can contain a lot of personal information, from bank alerts to love letters.  Email that, I'm sure, you don't always want other people to see.  We understand how important your Gmail accounts are to you …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Google powers up users' Gmail security arsenal
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Lets You Monitor Access To Your Gmail Account
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware Ousts CEO Diane Greene; Cuts '08 Guidance  —  In a shocking development, VMware (VMW) this morning announced that the company's board has ousted co-founder Diane Greene as president and CEO, handing the posts to Paul Maritz, who had been running the cloud computing division at VMware parent EMC (EMC).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Crosses A Line  —  Until today I've largely been a big supporter of Microsoft's efforts to acquire Yahoo.  A couple of days before Microsoft placed its initial $44.6 billion bid for the company, I told Fox Business Channel that a Microsoft merger had to happen to save Yahoo …
Chad Lakkis / Ripten.com:
Bend Over Dude, You're Getting A Dell  —  Manufacturers strive to create innovative products and we as consumers work day and night to afford them.  We exit our vehicles and are greeted by the open arms of big box retailers housing shelf after shelf of electronic excess.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Lockergnome and Digg
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure …
Google Open Source Blog:
Protocol Buffers: Google's Data Interchange Format  —  At Google, our mission is organizing all of the world's information.  We use literally thousands of different data formats to represent networked messages between servers, index records in repositories, geospatial datasets, and more.
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   Cool: Google Releases Protocol Buffers Into the Wild
Arn / MacRumors:
MobileMe Launching on July 9th Between 6pm-12am PT  —  Apple has announced the launch date and time for their MobileMe service.  The revamped .Mac service will offer web-based email, calendar, addressbook, photo gallery and storage capabilities as well as “Push” sync services.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Apple's MobileMe service set to debut
Discussion: Gadget Lab and MacDailyNews
Corvida / SheGeeks:
I Requested That Verizon Drop Their Deal With 1938media  —  I don't think it's a secret as to why I did it, but in case you don't know, Loren Feldman of 1983media did a video last year entitled “Techn****”, which basically put black people in a bad light.  He asked where were the African …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter gets its sexy back.  And by “sexy” I mean users.  —  The third party site traffic analytic tools were unanimous: usage of Twitter went down fairly substantially during the middle of June.  That tends to happen when you service simply doesn't work.  This lead many to proclaim …
louisgray.com:
The Importance Of Blog Linking Seems to Be Declining  —  I am a strong believer in the power of linking between blogs, and I still go out of my way to link, especially to peers, to smaller blogs, and to developers of services I write about.  At one time, I thought being linked …
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Exclusive: Sneak Peek of the 3G iPhone OS  —  I can't tell you how we got a hold of a first gen iPhone loaded with 3G software; just that if I do, homicidal ninjas will come to my house and kill my family.  But never the less we do have one and were able to take a look inside and find a few minute yet pretty cool changes.
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 System Software Update (v2.41)  —  Hi, everyone.  As many of you know, we released PS3 firmware update v2.40 last week, but had to take it offline temporarily because, for a limited number of users, the XMB wouldn't display after the update was installed.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone Jonny: world's first iPhone 3G owner (in waiting)
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Geeks get a word in with Merriam-Webster
iSmasher / iSmashPhone:
uXM iPhone Beta Released!
Discussion: Orbitcast, IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Digg
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Tests Walking Directions
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INTERVIEW WITH SONY'S PRESIDENT OF WORLDWIDE STUDIOS, SHUHEI YOSHIDA
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: MyYahoo 2.0 begins Yahoo's social network assault
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Bebo hires ex-Google exec for Europe
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Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft preps pay-as-you-go Web apps for business
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 Earlier Items: 
Datamation:
Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and the Linux Desktop
Discussion: The Open Road and Open Source
Tim Anderson / The Register:
MobileMe steals Live Mesh thunder
Discussion: Macworld and GottaBeMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Vivaty Brings The 3D Web to Your Browser, Starting With AIM and Facebook
BBC:
Spider bot?  —  Robot that climbs up walls and crawls across windows
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Unlocking Cell Phones May Get Easier
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser leads police to body, believed to be his wife
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter and XMPP: Drinking from The Fire Hose