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1:35 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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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.
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.
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 …
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
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
App Store for iPhone already a hit with developers
Discussion: The Social Web, Engadget and MacRumors
Greg / Pinch Media:
iPhone application price distribution
Discussion: Macworld and localmobilesearch.net
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's desperate search times call for open source
Discussion: Open Source and WebGuild
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.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Swastika Symbol in Google Trends
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: Yahoo! and GigaOM
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to offer ad-supported online games
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Ballmer: We'll look at open source, but we won't touch  —  Steve Ballmer is at least willing to talk with the open-source crowd now, as his comments at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008 demonstrate.  He's just not willing to actually engage in open source as an appreciable part of his company's business.
Discussion: Open Sources
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Steve Ballmer: We don't need to be cool! (Or maybe we do)
Discussion: WMExperts
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: Engadget and Ubergizmo
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Inquisitr and TechCrunch
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.
DigiTimes:
Asustek Eee PC shipments fail expectations but Acer still confident about Aspire one sales  —  Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin is confident the company's Aspire one will enjoy a strong sales record despite recent news that Asustek Computer's Eee PC sales failed to meet expectations sparking concerns for the netbook market.
Discussion: The Tech Report
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 …
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.
The Lede:
In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many  —  Updated, 9:33 a.m., Agence France-Presse has retracted the image as “apparently digitally altered.”  —  As news spread across the world of Iran's provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison.
 
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The Real Long Tail: Why both Chris Anderson and Anita Elberse are Wrong
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
iTunes is Anti-Web  —  Ever find yourself clicking on links …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Why Ad-Supported Music Won't Work: Blame The Labels
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches MobileMe and Apple TV 2.1 [Me.com Offline for Now]
BBC:
Mobile web reaches critical mass