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2:10 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 …
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 …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
How the iPhone 3G is changing the wireless game
Discussion: Forbes and TG Daily
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google: We Can't Figure Out How To Make Money On Web Video, Either
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 …
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Electronista:
Rogers to offer $30 6GB iPhone 3G plan [U]  —  (Updated with extra plan info) Rogers and its sub-brand Fido today made concessions to potential subscribers worried about low bandwidth by offering a limited-run promotional plan for the iPhone 3G.  Customers who sign up for the Apple device …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rogers caves on iPhone 3G plans, offers up 6GB for $30 a month
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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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: CNET News.com and MediaFile
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.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft prepares to sell SQL Server 2008  —  An August release?  —  Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 appears ready to go after months of delay, as the company is taking steps to begin selling the database.  —  The company said today that it's putting SQL Server 2008 on its August price list …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver SQL Server 2008 in August
Discussion: eWeek
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
FiascO2, Redux  —  The best-laid plans of mice and men “gang aft agley,” as they say. iPhone carriers as well, apparently.  Because British wireless carrier O2 claims it was well-prepared for the iPhone pre-order event that felled its Web site earlier this week.  It just wasn't well prepared enough.
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Macworld UK:
iPhone 3G orders reached 13,000 per second - O2
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Insanely Great Mac
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Takes A Gander At Demand Media To Plug Some Holes  —  Demand Media, founded by former MySpace CEO Richard Rosenblatt, has quietly grown into a pretty large business, with rumored revenues of around $250 million, and profitable.  It just so happens that what Demand Media is good at …
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt Speaks! …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform  —  Penguin calls  —  Last Friday, OpenMoko launched its highly anticipated FreeRunner smartphone, a Linux-based handset that's completely open in both hardware and software, and is designed to encourage third-party modification and customization.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Engadget
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Ranking  —  In May, Udi Manber introduced our search quality group, the group responsible for the ranking of search results.  He introduced various teams within “Quality” (as we like to call the group) including Core Ranking, International Search, User Interfaces, Evaluation, Webspam, and other teams.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart spreadsheet claims 40GB PS3 “will be replaced” in August  —  Not even ten months after rumors began swirling about the introduction of a 40GB PlayStation 3, we're now seeing hints that Sony's low-ender will soon be replaced.  Based on this alleged Wal-Mart spreadsheet, the 40GB PS3 console …
 
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
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Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung announces YouTube friendly SC-MX20
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Location, location, location  —  You're walking along …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Microsoft update kills ZoneAlarm
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Keyword Tool updated with search volume data
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