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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 …
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
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.
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 …
The Iconfactory:
Twitterrific for the Apple App Store  —  We're very pleased to announce the immediate release of Twitterrific for the iPhone and iPod touch from Apple's newly launched App Store.  This revolutionary online store offers limitless software choices for users of Apple's mobile hardware and we're proud to be a part of the grand opening.
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress For iPhone  —  The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ben Wilson / CNET News.com:
iPhone app hands-on: Super Monkey Ball (with screenshots)
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
News: iPhone Gems: Launch day App Store software worth seeing
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Remote: iTunes and Apple TV Remote Control
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 2.0 Unlocked (YES!)  —  The new iPhone OS 2.0 software has been unlocked and jailbroken.  It was released just hours ago and it has already been cracked by the iPhone Dev Team.  The first one took a couple of months, but this one was actually unlocked before Apple released it to the public.
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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:  —  Link removed at request of Apple
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
iPhone 2.0 Software Adds 802.1X for Enterprises
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another key early Facebook employee, Jeff Hammerbacher, is leaving the company  —  Facebook may now be the largest social network in the world, and it may be continually innovating with nice new products like its Twitter-like iPhone application, but more and more beloved early employees are heading out the door.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Jerry Yang's Pledge: Not on My Watch  —  If BoomTown had any doubt that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was going to knuckle under to the public kneecapping given to him by the activist investor Carl “Shark” Icahn and Microsoft CEO Steve “My Way or the Highway” Ballmer earlier this week …
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Amid the App Store fanfare, Apple releases significant update for AppleTV  —  While we're waiting for MobileMe to become available for longer than five minutes, it's worth noting among the App Store fanfare that Apple has also updated its AppleTV.  —  Early Thursday Apple released iTunes 7.7, making the App Store possible.
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Apple:
About the security content of Apple TV 2.1  —  This document describes the security content of Apple TV 2.1.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted...  For years, we've been pointing out that as the entertainment industry, telcos and the government increase efforts to spy on the activities of users (for various reasons, good or bad), all it's going to do is speed the adoption of encryption technologies.
Discussion: p2pnet and DSLreports
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: No Sex in Second Life-Killer Lively (GOOG)  —  What's the difference between Linden Lab's (SAI 25 #11) Second Life and Lively, the new virtual world announced by Google?  —  How much time do you have?  Second Life requires its own software and needs a PC equipped with a high-end graphics card; Lively runs in a Web browser.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Cokeheads slip AI onto Yahoo! front page  —  NPUC 08 Yahoo! is now using real-time automated algorithms to select news stories on its famous front page, claiming a 25 to 30 per cent increase in click through rate - and millions of dollars in additional yearly revenue.
Jamin Brophy-Warren / Wall Street Journal:
Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes  —  Creating viral videos and concepts has become a keystone for many businesses marketing online.  —  Such Web phenomena are known by technophiles as “memes.”  Coined by biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene,” …
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