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10:10 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 …
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, iSmashPhone and Electronista
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:   iPhone 3G Reviews Are In
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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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.
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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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
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
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
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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.
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Keyword Tool updated with search volume data  —  Based on advertiser feedback, and our commitment to provide useful tools and information for our advertisers, we've now added search volume data to the Keyword Tool.  Now, when you use the Keyword Tool to search for relevant keywords to include …
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
NVIDIA helping to bring PhysX to the Radeon GPU
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VCs a glum bunch over economy, lack of exits
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Location, location, location  —  You're walking along …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Firefox 3 and community — How Mozilla used social networking to set a world record
Discussion: Web Strategy
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Mixed Ruling In Case Over Limitations On DMCA Anti-Circumvention Clause
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Takes A Gander At Demand Media To Plug Some Holes
Discussion: HipMojo.com and BoomTown
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Microsoft update kills ZoneAlarm
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
New: ReadWriteWeb Companies  —  Here's another new feature …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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Electronista:
Samsung ships low-cost 128GB SSDs
Discussion: TG Daily
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Midori: a non-Windows OS in the works, not just experimental
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Don Clark / Business Technology:
What's on China's Hard Drives?
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Microsoft Security Advisory (953635)
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Pirate Party Study Shatters MPAA Claims
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Politician Using Twitter To Ignite Misleading Partisan Fight …