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3:15 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: CNET News.com and 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 …
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 …
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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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
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
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Cable giants bullied into new 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 IP Democracy
 
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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
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
The Mobile Web: It's Not Just for Smartphones
Discussion: Gadget Lab and FierceWireless
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe and iWeb woes continue
 Earlier Items: 
Royal Pingdom:
Forget about hacking - your servers might get stolen
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Locksmiths Pissed Off At Geeks For Letting Out The Secret: Lockpicking Is Easy
Discussion: Gizmodo
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
iPhone 3G GPS - Is it too small in the antenna department to be any good?
louisgray.com:
Twitter Chokes Unauthenticated API Requests By IP, Sites Gasp for Air