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4:25 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 …
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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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Icahn's latest lament: Et tu, Legg Mason?
Discussion: paidContent.org
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry To Yahoos: Check It Out! Our Media Blitz Is Working!
Discussion: CNET News.com, BoomTown and Valleywag
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 …
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:   Battle Over: Twitter Opens Up To Gnip
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
Discussion: The Open Road
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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InfoWorld:
Google to pay $140M for Russian contextual ad firm
Discussion: Reuters
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
Sony Ericsson sees profits tumble, turns on workers  —  There'll be long faces at Sony Ericsson this evening, with the gloomy news that the mobemeisters is cutting 2,000 jobs after pulling in just €6m in profits in the last three months.  —  This is a massive slide on the €220m …
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista and Engadget
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparision  —  Editor: Being digital vagabonds without an Exchange server, we Lifehacker writers use online apps like Gmail and Google Calendar to get things done.  But can an Outlook user make the switch without losing out?  Guest contributor Jared Goralnick's here today to take a look.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Real Problem: The Second Coming of Apple  —  As Microsoft (MSFT) continues to waste time and resources figuring out how to win a sideline game it has already lost—Internet media—its shareholders have bigger things to worry about.  Namely, the future of the Windows and Office cash cows.
Discussion: ClusterStock and MacDailyNews
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
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evite Gets A Much-Needed Facelift
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Will Facebook Announce at Its F8 Developer Conference Next Week?
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Jackson West / Valleywag:
No, Kleiner Perkins won't give your Web 2.0 startup money
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comScore:
comScore Releases June 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identi.ca implements the Twitter API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
The Official Google Blog:
Hitting 40 languages  —  One of our goals is to give everyone …
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe and iWeb woes continue
Royal Pingdom:
Forget about hacking - your servers might get stolen
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News.com
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Hulu Users Happy With Site and Tech-Savvy but Not Numerous
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Locksmiths Pissed Off At Geeks For Letting Out The Secret: Lockpicking Is Easy
Discussion: Gizmodo