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2:30 PM ET, July 18, 2008

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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T mistakenly announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone users...again  —  AT&T iPhone users will not be getting free Wi-Fi access, afterall.  —  For the second time in less than six months, AT&T has mistakenly published a notice on its Web site indicating that Apple iPhone users would get free access …
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Edward Kirk / iPhone Alley:
AT&T Finally Announces Free Wi-Fi For iPhone Users  —  in - news - AT&T - free stuff - Wi-Fi  —  Fantastic news from a friend with sharp eyes.  AT&T has finally done something great for iPhone owners.  No, they're not unlocking the iPhone.  They're not giving it away for free, although it does involve “free”.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone Users: Despite Rumors, AT&T Wi-Fi Not Live  —  The launch of the iPhone 3G can be summed up in one word, and it starts with a “c.”  Instead I will go with comedy of errors.  Activation delays, long lines, online issues, application roll-out issues — it has been a train wreck …
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
AT&T confirms another goof, no free WiFi for iPhone yet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn  —  Yahoo is pulling out its biggest gun in the showdown with Carl Icahn: the Yahoo homepage itself.  Right now on Yahoo.com, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Proxy War Over: Legg Mason Votes For Jerry And Co.  —  Carl Icahn's chances to win the Yahoo proxy war, which had been getting increasingly slim, just dropped to next-to-nothing: Legg Mason's Bill Miller, who controls 4.4% of of Yahoo shares, just formally sided with Jerry and his existing board.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Icahn's latest lament: Et tu, Legg Mason?
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Wii Surpasses Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Sales  —  Nintendo Co. said U.S. retailers sold more than 666,000 of its Wii consoles last month, making the machine the overall leader among the new generation of video-game machines.  —  Consumers have purchased almost 10.9 million …
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Video-Game Industry Headed For Record Year, Despite Troubled Economy
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Thompson / Ars Technica:
NPD: Nintendo Wii the top-selling, current-gen console
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
On-Demand Computing: A Brutal Slog  —  The tough reality of the on-demand game is taking its toll on software companies hoping to make a mint distributing their wares via the Web  —  The Internet revolutionized the distribution of software—perhaps a bit too much.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Nick / Rough Type:
The cloud's not-so-silver lining
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google Buys Russian Contextual Ad Firm From Rambler For $140 Million  —  We have recently written about a flurry of Russian online deals, and this is among the bigger ones that have happened in the last year or so: Google has bought contextual advertising company ZAO Begun from it parent …
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Noam Cohen / Bits:
Wikipedia Tries Approval System to Reduce Vandalism on Pages  —  Wikipedia is considering a basic change to its editing philosophy to cut down on vandalism.  In the process, the online encyclopedia anyone can edit would add a layer of hierarchy and eliminate some of the spontaneity that has made the site …
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS  —  While an 11-year old, Louisville, Kentucky boy is using a toy radar gun to get drivers to slow down through his neighborhood, the police are finding that real radar guns might not be a match for GPS—at least not when contested in court.
InfoWorld:
New worm transcodes MP3s to try to infect PCs  —  A new kind of malicious software could pose a danger to Windows users who download music files on peer-to-peer networks.  —  The new malware inserts links to dangerous Web pages within ASF (Advanced Systems Format) media files.
Discussion: p2pnet and WinBeta
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip  —  Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers.  While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
iPhone 3G GPS - Is it too small in the antenna department to be any good?  —  Ever since reading David Pogue's review of iPhone 3G I've been puzzling over something he said in relation to the GPS receiver.  Specifically, is it too small in the antenna department to be any good?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Locksmiths Pissed Off At Geeks For Letting Out The Secret: Lockpicking Is Easy  —  from the without-the-internet,-we'd-all-be- safe dept  —  As I've mentioned before, back in high school, I had an art teacher who taught me both how to pick locks and how to make lockpicks (it was a fun class).
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
It's the Weekend, Can You Get iPhone 3G?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Rough ride ahead for Apple shares
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Developer of Suspended App Offers Advice on Facebook Platform Policy
Discussion: Valleywag
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
The Decline of Localist Broadcasting Policies
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
The Mobile Web: It's Not Just for Smartphones
Discussion: Gadget Lab and FierceWireless
The Official Google Blog:
Hitting 40 languages  —  One of our goals is to give everyone …
Discussion: Furrier.org
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe and iWeb woes continue
Royal Pingdom:
Forget about hacking - your servers might get stolen
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Ford / Ars Technica:
Online articles lead to rapid scientific consensus, forgotten ideas
Bill Ray / The Register:
Sony Ericsson sees profits tumble, turns on workers
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research
Discussion: CNET News.com
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
IPhone 3G Docks Appear at the Apple Store
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Corporate Social Networks Are A Waste of Money, Study Finds
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Hulu Users Happy With Site and Tech-Savvy but Not Numerous
DigiTimes:
New Apple notebook orders to buoy up Taiwan PCB makers sales and profit
louisgray.com:
Twitter Chokes Unauthenticated API Requests By IP, Sites Gasp for Air