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12:45 PM 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 …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
How the iPhone 3G is changing the wireless game  —  The iPhone 3G doesn't look much different from the earlier version, but it's poised to have a dramatic impact on the global wireless industry.  Image: Apple  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off of the iPhone 18 months ago …
Discussion: Forbes and TG Daily
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.
Macworld UK:
iPhone 3G orders reached 13,000 per second - O2
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Insanely Great Mac
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   iPhone wannabes or smart alternatives? You decide
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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google: We Can't Figure Out How To Make Money On Web Video, Either
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Launches New Video Ad Units.  Maybe YouTube Should Pay Attention
Discussion: Beet.TV and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rumor Denied: Jerry Yang Not Resigning*  —  UPDATE: Yahoo emphatically denies the Wall Street rumor that Jerry Yang is planning to resign.  —  As evidence, Yahoo points to Jerry's interview yesterday with the WSJ (why would he do this if he were quitting?), as well as his attendance at the Sun Valley conference this week.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yang Denounces Microsoft, Icahn Over Proxy Move  —  Yahoo CEO Accuses Adversaries of Trying To Destabilize Company  —  Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang accused Microsoft Corp. of trying to destabilize the Internet company without a real desire to complete a deal, and he responded sharply to recent comments by investor Carl Icahn.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Legg Mason: We'll Support Icahn If He Guarantees Us $33 (YHOO)
Discussion: MediaFile
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Legg: Icahn support up if ensures Yahoo price
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Thomas Howe / The Thomas Howe Company:   Ribbit Aquired by British Telecom
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VCs a glum bunch over economy, lack of exits  —  Venture capitalists are having a confidence crisis as dwindling exit opportunities and a weak economy conspire to put the kibosh on returns.  —  According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index the second quarter registered …
Canada NewsWire Group:
Calling all iPhone 3G fans!  —  Select Rogers Plus stores to open early coast-to-coast on July 11  —  Launch promotions to include limited time 6GB data offer  —  In anticipation of iPhone 3G launch on July 11, Rogers Wireless today announced plans to open the doors of select Rogers Plus …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Google looks Lively, goes for “a 3D virtual experience”  —  The Official Google Blog has announced Lively, which is one of those 20% projects from Google Labs.  It will look familiar to people who remember WorldsAway from a dozen years ago, Second LIfe, The Sims Online and similar avatar-based worlds.
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Niniane Wang / The Official Google Blog:
Be who you want on the web pages you visit
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Belgian operator will sell iPhone simlock-free  —  Mobile telecoms group Mobistar SA. will launch the iPhone 3G in Belgium from Friday - but more importantly it will be one of the few European countries where the the iPhone will be totally simlock-free.  —  Belgian regulators forbid …
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Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Mobistar to sell unlocked iPhone
Discussion: iLounge and Unwired View
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
MediaLets Launches iPhone Ad Platform: Think DoubleClick for iPhone Apps
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August
Discussion: Joystiq and Electronista
Ethan Gutmann / Ars Technica:
Analysis: recent panics over rare metal scarcity overblown
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform
InfoWorld:
Sun's expanded storage lineup takes on data boom
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Dimdim raises $6M for free web meetings
Discussion: The Inquisitr and TechCrunch
Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung announces YouTube friendly SC-MX20
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Location, location, location  —  You're walking along …
Discussion: All Points Blog
New York Post:
PSST, WANNA BUY A . . .
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Takes A Gander At Demand Media To Plug Some Holes
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Microsoft update kills ZoneAlarm
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Keyword Tool updated with search volume data
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Great Photo on Flickr? Getty Images Might Pay You For It
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and CrunchGear
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
“Vista” Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry