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5:01 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Joe Hewitt / Facebook Blog:
Facebook for iPhone  —  Last August we launched our Facebook iPhone website, and almost a year later it has over 1.5 million people using it regularly.  We are thrilled to see so many enjoying Facebook on their iPhones, so we've been working on ways to take our iPhone experience to the next level.
Discussion: VentureBeat and iLounge
Apple:
iPhone 3G on Sale Tomorrow  —  Over 500 Native Applications for iPhone & iPod touch Available at Launch  —  Apple® today announced that more than 500 native applications will be available on the iPhone's App Store when Apple's iPhone™ 3G goes on sale tomorrow.
New York Times:
Apple's Latest Opens a Developers' Playground
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook for iPhone in iTunes App Store
Discussion: MacRumors and CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Store: The Early List of Top Downloads
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   iPhone App Store first impression: Sublime beyond belief
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
iPhone remote control app goes live
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Remote: iTunes and Apple TV Remote Control
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: 35% of iPhone 3G buyers will get it for $199
Discussion: CNET News.com and MacRumors
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iPhone apps: Bad for Facebook, OpenSocial?
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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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
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.
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.
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.
DealBook:
Sun Valley Diary: The Yahoo-Google Power Table  —  The bar at The Lodge here in Sun Valley turned into a caption-writing contest for moguls Wednesday night: What was the group in the back talking about so intently?  —  That was the question as media executives and Wall Street bigwigs gawked at the corner table next to the piano.
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: BroadDev and Network World
 
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