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2:00 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 - RSS:
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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?  —  This wasn't the sort of reaction Carl Icahn was expecting from his former buddies on Wall Street.  —  Legg Mason Capital Management, which controls about 4.4 percent of outstanding Yahoo stock, plans to back management at the company's shareholders meeting next month.
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
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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Jon Murchinson / Google:
Google To Acquire Russian Context Ads Service Begun
Discussion: VentureBeat and Search Engine Land
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Google Monopolizes Contextual Ads Market Further - Buys Russian Begun
Discussion: Mashable!
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  —  At Business Week, Sarah Lacy has a good article on the daunting challenges that software-as-a-service companies face as they try to build vibrant, profitable businesses.  Some traditional software powerhouses, like SAP, are spending a lot to develop web versions …
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
IPhone 3G Docks Appear at the Apple Store
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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 …
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
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
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.
 
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Developer of Suspended App Offers Advice on Facebook Platform Policy
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research
Discussion: CNET News.com
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
James Sherwood / The Register:
Brits won't get PS3 movie, TV downloads until 2009
Discussion: last100
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Target $5.5 Billion Textbook Market With New Kindle?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Silicon Valley Should Be Worried