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2:45 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”.
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
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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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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Michael Thompson / Ars Technica:
NPD: Nintendo Wii the top-selling, current-gen console
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 …
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
The Official Google Blog:
Hitting 40 languages  —  One of our goals is to give everyone using Google the information they want, wherever they are, in whatever language they speak, and through whatever device they're using.  A huge part of that goal is making our services available in as many languages as possible.
Discussion: Online Video Watch and Furrier.org
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
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Cable giants bullied into new anti-child porn censorship deal  —  The major national cable providers are all to sign a troubling yet major censorship deal with a private anti-child porn organization.  The deal would give the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) …
Discussion: Techdirt, DSLreports and Slyck
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identi.ca implements the Twitter API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Real Problem: The Second Coming of Apple
Discussion: MacDailyNews and ClusterStock
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
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe and iWeb woes continue
Royal Pingdom:
Forget about hacking - your servers might get stolen
 Earlier Items: 
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
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Hulu Users Happy With Site and Tech-Savvy but Not Numerous
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
iPhone 3G GPS - Is it too small in the antenna department to be any good?
DigiTimes:
New Apple notebook orders to buoy up Taiwan PCB makers sales and profit
Stacey Higginbotham / Business Week:
Venture Capital Loves Virtual
louisgray.com:
Twitter Chokes Unauthenticated API Requests By IP, Sites Gasp for Air