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4:45 AM ET, August 11, 2008

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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Software Sales Take Off: Apple's Jobs  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc.'s bet on cellphone software appears to be paying off.  —  In the month since Apple opened an online software clearinghouse called the App Store, users have downloaded more than 60 million programs for the iPhone …
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Steve Jobs: 60 million iPhone apps downloaded, confirms kill switch  —  Steve Jobs, presumably speaking from a hyperbaric chamber where he's being nourished with an infusion of liquified developers-souls before his next public appearance, had a few interesting tidbits about the AppStore for the Wall Street Journal this morning.
Discussion: MacRumors, VentureBeat and 9 to 5 Mac
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Many Fail to See the Humor in ‘I Am Rich’ for the iPhone  —  When Apple announced in March that it would open up the iPhone to outside software developers, it promised that the resulting applications would help create “amazing” and “innovative” applications that would transform the concept of a smartphone.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Is Google a Media Company?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Type “buttermilk pancakes” into Google, and among the top three or four search results you will find a link to a detailed recipe complete with a photo of a scrumptious stack from a site called Knol, which is owned by Google.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Salon builds it — but will anyone come?  —  For a number of months now, the online magazine Salon has been building a hosted blog network/media hub called open.salon.com, which is expected to launch officially this morning.  According to a blog post by Open Salon director Kerry Lauerman a few weeks ago …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Salon launches blogger ‘tipping’ system  —  So you liked that blog post you just read—why don't you toss the writer a buck or two?  —  That's the rationale behind new-media outlet Salon's latest initiative.  Members of its “Open Salon” user-generated content community can now “tip” …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel's Nehalem chips to get ‘Core’ branding  —  Intel's next-generation desktop processors will be branded “Intel Core” with an “i7” identifier for the first wave of products.  —  The i7 identifier will apply to the first crop of high-end desktop processors, according to George Alfs, an Intel spokesperson.
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Nehalem = i7: Intel unveils new Core processor brand
Discussion: TechSpot
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Live video of HTC's “Dream” Android phone?  —  Yeah, it's not the highest quality video we've ever seen, but if you can look past the blurriness and Darth Vader breathing noises you might be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks to an eagle-eyed tipster, we've some video footage of what might be the HTC Dream.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs Bobblehead iPhone Dock Brings A Jobsnote To Your Desk In Creepiest Way Possible  —  Apparently not satisfied with keeping Bobble Steve confined to an app inside the phone, an intrepid bobblehead sculptor has constructed this mighty fine looking iPhone dock, complete …
Discussion: iPhone Savior and The iPhone Blog
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: RIAA damages too high in innocent infringement case  —  A judge has ruled that a teenage girl who admitted to downloading music over KaZaA will only have to pay damages of $200 per song, instead of the $750-30,000 normally allowed under the Copyright Act (and the $750 per song sought by the RIAA).
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Why laptops will kick desktop PCs to the curb  —  Years ago, the desktop dominated the PC market.  It not only provided users with unequaled power, it proved to be a far more suitable machine than its notebook counterpart, which suffered from a short battery life and a prohibitive price tag.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Long Term Impacts of Online Critics on Personal Brands  —  This post is not about Thomas vs Simon B, but instead about the long term online impacts to personal and corporate brands.  —  A focus on online reputation and brands  —  I'm hesitant to publish this post …
Wall Street Journal:
NBC's Olympic Ratings Get A Web-Based Boost  —  The Beijing Olympic Games are beginning to answer a pressing question for the world's biggest media companies: Will the rise of Internet video and piracy erode even television's most valuable franchises?  —  So far, the answer is no. More viewers tuned …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Who Will Be First to Sue Alexa?  —  Alexa, oh Alexa, how you kill thee.  I've written and spoken about Alexa since they began operations nearly a decade ago.  I've watched agencies pitch advertising based on Alexa charts.  There are still ad networks that use Alexa rankings as a baseline for pricing Web site advertising.
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Andy Beard / Collective Thoughts:
Why Are Alexa Double-Dipping Social Media Penalties?
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Apple's Rotten Decision
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog