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10:30 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 …
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
Discussion: atmaspheric
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 3G breaks cover, shows up in Swiss store display
Discussion: Tech Blog and iSmashPhone
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Push to Sell Ads On YouTube Hits Snags  —  Video Site Is Key To Diversification; The Lawsuit Factor  —  Wringing ad revenue from YouTube is proving to be a challenge for Google Inc.  —  Although users of the popular video-sharing site view clips more than one billion times on most days …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Report: YouTube ready to run preroll and postroll ads  —  YouTube has been plagued with inefficiencies in its ad-sales department and Google is apparently ready to abandon its policy of keeping preroll and postroll ads off the video-sharing site.  —  The news was first reported Tuesday evening by The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and TomsTechBlog.com
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google: We Can't Figure Out How To Make Money On Web Video, Either
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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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder not quite ready for primetime?  —  That's what one of our RIM ninjas are telling us!  We've got the scoop on the BlackBerry Thunder, and contrary to most reports, we've been told that the unit is nowhere near being able to enter production, let alone being released.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BT Has Acquired Ribbit For $55 Million To Build GrandCentral Competitor, Say Ribbit Execs To Friends  —  This is a strange story.  Rumors circulated today that Silicon Valley based startup Ribbit was acquired by British Telecom, and VentureBeat ran with the story.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Ribbit, “Silicon Valley's first phone company,” …
Discussion: GigaOM
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
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
“Vista” Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
John Leyden / The Register:
Zero day Word flaw exploited by Trojan  —  Microsoft warns that an unpatched Word vulnerability has become the subject of targeted attacks.  —  The flaw - which is restricted to Microsoft Office Word 2002 Service Pack 3 - creates a mechanism for hackers to inject hostile code onto vulnerable systems.
Discussion: eWeek and WinBeta
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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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Steve Lohr / New York Times:   EMC Replaces the Chief and Co-Founder of VMware, Silencing Talk of a Spinoff
New York Post:
PSST, WANNA BUY A . . .  NBC'S ZUCKER'S IN DEMAND FOR MEDIA DEALMAKING  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho - In what's certain to be an unfamiliar role for him, NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker is expected to be the popular guy at the Allen & Co. media conference, which officially kicks off today.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Great Photo on Flickr?  Getty Images Might Pay You For It  —  If you are a photographer with high-quality images posted on Yahoo's Flickr service, you may soon get an e-mail inviting you to become a paid contributor to Getty Images, the world's largest distributor of pictures and video.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung announces YouTube friendly SC-MX20  —  Announced this morning is the next incarnation of the MX10.  Say hello to the SC-MX20, Samsung's latest little vixen of a camcorder.  The MX20 features an optimized recording mode for YouTube, a Schneider lens with 34x optical zoom …
Discussion: Gearlog and Electronista
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing  —  Sometime late last year, an employee of a McLean investment firm decided to trade some music, or maybe a movie, with like-minded users of the online file-sharing network LimeWire while using a company computer.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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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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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
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Electronista:
Samsung ships low-cost 128GB SSDs
Discussion: Computerworld
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Midori: a non-Windows OS in the works, not just experimental
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What's on China's Hard Drives?
Stuff.tv News:
Asus Eee Box - full pricing and specs unveiled
Discussion: CyberNet and Liliputing
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Pirate Party Study Shatters MPAA Claims
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Politician Using Twitter To Ignite Misleading Partisan Fight …