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12:05 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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New York Times:
Apple's Latest Opens a Developers' Playground  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — When Apple opens its online App Store for iPhone software on Thursday, Steven P. Jobs will be making an attempt to dominate the next generation of computing as it moves toward Internet-connected mobile devices.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store Has Launched (Updated)  —  Update: The iPhone 2.0 software is now available.  —  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.  Once iTunes has upgraded, you can access the App Store here.
Arn / MacRumors:
App Store: Apps Available for Download on iTunes  —  Apps have already appeared in the iTunes App Store and can be found and downloaded by searching for their names.  AOL's AIM Application (iTunes Link), for example, is available as a free download.  —  Apple's free Remote Application …
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.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
App Store for iPhone already a hit with developers  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs expected to launch his App Store — the online venue for third-party iPhone and iPod Touch applications — with 200 software offerings; he ended up with more than 500.  —  “The reaction has been so strong,” he says.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live  —  As expected, iPhone and iPod Touch owners can now use their devices as remote controls for their iTunes libraries and Apple TV boxes.  —  The feature is now available as a download in the new iPhone applications store, which went live on Thursday morning.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Greg / Pinch Media:
iPhone application price distribution
Discussion: Macworld
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Apple launches new iTunes with App Store
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS — The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem  —  Today, Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing …
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo! Lets You “Build Your Own Search Service”
Discussion: BoomTown, The Inquisitr and Shoemoney
Dave Shaw / Bloggle:
Strange symbols appear on Google!  —  I'm hoping this is a Bloggle exlusive (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.
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.
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
That Guy Got His Stupid iPhone 3G, First
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Okay, okay, I'll get an iPhone 3G!
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay wants total network encryption, but does anyone else?  —  The Pirate Bay has ambitious plans to bring end-to-end encryption to all network activity, essentially blacking out a user's traffic from deep packet inspection gear and other prying eyes.  Interesting project, sure, and definitely ambitious, but will it work?
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Business Wire:
New Belkin FlyWire™ Delivers HD Video and Audio Wirelessly to Any HDTV, Anywhere in Your Home  —  By Eliminating the Need for Unsightly Cables and Labor-Intensive Custom Installation, Belkin's FlyWire Offers Endless Placement Possibilities for Your HDTV
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget
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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 …
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Yahoo!, WebProBlog and GigaOM
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The ‘Fake’ Steve Jobs Is Giving Up Parody Blog  —  The once-mysterious blogger known as “Fake Steve Jobs” is turning off his iPhone for good.  —  Daniel Lyons, the former Forbes magazine journalist who wrote the blog The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs for the last two years, is moving on with his professional life and creative pursuits.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo and TBS enter sports-centric alliance  —  Yahoo and Turner Broadcasting System announced on Thursday a multi-year content and advertising alliance.  —  Under the agreement, Yahoo Sports will gain access to content from the league sites of the National Basketball Association …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Planeteye, Blowing Other Travel Sites Out of the Water?  —  There's a great deal going on in the online travel resource sector, and many of the recent developments have moved towards a nice approach for data aggregation and search tools, whether it be for flight search, trip-planning or virtual tours.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google News Tests New Design  —  Google News experiments with a lively and visually-rich design that shows images, videos, quotes, but also interesting and popular stories.  There's a “featured photo” section that uses images from AFP, The Associated Press, Reuters, marking …
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 …
BBC:
Net address fix foxes web users  —  Many users of the ZoneAlarm firewall have been floored by a fix to the net's addressing system.  —  Those hit found they could not get online after installing a Microsoft patch to close a security loophole.  —  Left open the flaw would have allowed malicious hackers …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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download.zonealarm.com:
Workaround to Sudden Loss of Internet Access Problem
Discussion: DSLreports and Defensive Computing
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches MobileMe and Apple TV 2.1 [Me.com Offline for Now]  —  Apple has finally launched their MobileMe service at Me.com.  The web-based service replaces .Mac and offers web-based email, calendar, addressbook, online storage as well as sync services.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
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The Real Long Tail: Why both Chris Anderson and Anita Elberse are Wrong
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Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Search Engine Land
New York Times:
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BBC:
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Calley Nye / TechCrunchIT:
Rackspace Downtime: A Reminder That All Are Vulnerable
news-service.stanford.edu:
Campus-wide switch to new e-mail, calendar service begins
Discussion: TechCrunch