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5:25 PM ET, July 10, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.0 Firmware (5A347) Available Early  —  Once again, digging through Apple's XML files has revealed the url to the iPhone 2.0 Firmware that is presently available on Apple's servers.  One of our readers found this new firmware image:  —  iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw (download link)
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Google Mobile Blog:
Searching on an iPhone can be fun  —  You probably agree that nothing can be made too easy.  We've been dreaming of ways to make searching on phones easier and more fun.  —  Today, we're showing off our first native app for the iPhone and iPod touch — Google Mobile App.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iPhone Application Overview And Demo Videos  —  It's not official quite yet, but the iPhone App Store is live and you can download version 2.0 of the iPhone software - which is all you need to run the 552 applications currently available.  —  We've been gathering videos and overviews …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: 35% of iPhone 3G buyers will get it for $199  —  The pricing of the next generation iPhone may be a point of confusion on Friday and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects only 35 percent of buyers will get the $199 price.  As a result, initial sales of the iPhone 3G may be diluted.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store Has Launched (Updated)  —  Update: The iPhone 2.0 software is now available.  —  Update 2: Top apps by number of downloads is here.  —  Apple's iPhone App Store is now live, several hours ahead of its rumored 9 am PST launch.  To access it, download iTunes 7.7 here.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone App Store first impression: Sublime beyond belief  —  If you don't have an iPhone, you're going to want one real soon.  I say this not because of peer pressure or because of the Apple marketing machine.  Or even because of the iPhone 3G.  I say it because the App Store …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
A walk through the App Store, iPhone style  —  You've already seen the App Store in its iTunes pants, and if you've ever used iTunes before, you pretty much know how it works.  Here, we do a quick pictorial walkthrough of how the App Store works from your iPhone, once you have the iPhone 2.0 firmware installed.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Ars Technica
Apple:
Updating and restoring iPhone and iPod touch software  —  You can use iTunes to update or restore iPhone or iPod touch software.  Apple recommends updating iPhone or iPod touch to use the latest software.  You can also restore the software, which puts iPhone or iPod touch back to its factory condition.
Joe Hewitt / Facebook Blog:
Facebook for iPhone
Discussion: VentureBeat and iLounge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store: The Early List of Top Downloads
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Remote: iTunes and Apple TV Remote Control
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook for iPhone in iTunes App Store
Discussion: MacRumors and CNET News.com
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iPhone apps: Bad for Facebook, OpenSocial?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Wields New Tool to Battle Google  —  Free ‘BOSS’ Product For Web Designers Aims To Revive Search Unit  —  Yahoo Inc. will introduce a tool for Web developers Thursday that is designed to expand the scale of its struggling search business and help create new competitors to Google Inc.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS — The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
NowPublic buys up Guy Kawasaki's Truemors (believe it or not)  —  When Guy Kawasaki started Truemors, a site for spreading Internet rumors, his intentions weren't quite clear.  Was it an experiment?  A joke?  The product of too much free time?  Or perhaps not too much time — after all …
Joseph Pisani / CNBC.com:
Workplace BlackBerry Use May Spur Lawsuits  —  Addicted BlackBerry users have already nicknamed themselves crackberrys, but lawyers are now calling the digital device in the workplace something else: A lawsuit waiting to happen.  —  As employers hand out electronic devices to their employees …
Discussion: BB Geeks and CrackBerry.com blogs
Electronista:
Seagate reveals first 1.5TB drive, more  —  Seagate today broke through a long-held barrier and released a 1.5 terabyte version of the Barracuda 7200.11.  The storage is 500GB more than any other 3.5-inch desktop hard drive and is accomplished through extra refinement of perpendicular magnetic recording …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News.com and Hardware 2.0
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Where Apple's New iPhone Doesn't Help: AT&T's 3G Dead Zones  —  Excited about buying Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G, which goes on sale tomorrow?  Pumped about those blazing-fast 3G Internet speeds?  Hope you don't live in beautiful Bozeman, Montana; Burlington, Vermont; or Des Moines, Iowa.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and DSLreports
Dave Shaw / Bloggle:
Strange symbols appear on Google!  —  I'm hoping this is a Bloggle exclusive (even though I've not been blogging here for while).  A strange symbol (swastika?) has just made it HOT on Google Trends.  Why?  Could be an example of Google ‘bombing’?  —  Check it out here.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Games shifts to free games in alliance with two game ad start-ups  —  Yahoo Games is the giant of online game portals with 18 million unique visitors a month.  But the company is shaking things up as it announces today that it is shifting to a new business model based on free ad-supported games for many of its pay-only titles.
DEMO.com:
VMware's CEO switch targeted at Microsoft, analysts say  —  In tapping a former Microsoft executive to lead VMware's battle against the Redmond giant, VMware's EMC-controlled board of directors decided co-founder Diane Greene lacked the business savvy to win a struggle for market share, analysts say.
Discussion: Network World and BroadDev
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google as the new pressroom  —  When I saw Edward Roussel, head of digital for the Telegraph, on my last trip to London, he said over breakfast that he'd been thinking about my book title's question — What Would Google Do? — in relation to newspapers and he came up with a radical notion:
Discussion: Wordblog
 
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