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12:30 PM 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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone App Downloads Are Up.  What About Their Usage?  —  The iPhone App Store is red hot: In its first month, more than 60 million software programs were downloaded, and it generated about $1 million a day in sales.  That information comes from Steve Jobs in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
One More Thing:
Apple, AT&T mum on iPhone 3G issues
Discussion: Sprint Connection
Jonathan Skillings / One More Thing:
Jobs on iPhone apps: $30 million in 30 days
Discussion: TechSpot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Jobs: App Store is huge; iPhone has a kill switch
Kenneth G. Brill / Forbes:
Servers: Why Thrifty Isn't Nifty  —  We are currently in the biggest data center construction boom in history.  At the same time, this boom is dramatically weakening the future flexibility and financial performance of information technology.  —  How can this be?  It's the old domino effect at work again.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
The Olympics Watch: Not That Much  —  The Internet did not break, melt or probably even much notice the Olympics, in its first weekend.  —  On Saturday, for instance, only about 4.8 million people watched 3.1 million video streams on Saturday, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
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Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
Why Microsoft and Intel tried to kill the XO $100 laptop  —  Nicholas Negroponte had a vision: to build a $100 laptop and give away millions to educate the world's poorest children.  And then the fat-cat multinationals got scared and broke it...  Mousetrap weblog: In pictures - the revamped $100 laptop
Discussion: p2pnet, TomsTechBlog.com and Digg
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Analyst: 3 million iPhones sold in first month  —  Momentum isn't showing any signs of a dip; sales blow past expectations.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) — Talk about your summer scorchers.  —  One month after its debut, Apple's new iPhone has hit the 3 million sold mark, according to analyst Michael Cote of the Cote Collaborative.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and Gizmodo
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Best Buy kiosks, coming to an airport near you  —  Electronics retailer Best Buy is picking up on the trend of installing vending machine-like kiosks in airports, in order to appeal to stressed travelers who left their cell phone charger at home or need a last-minute gift to appease cranky relatives.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and GottaBeMobile
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Macs To Get A Video Upgrade?  (AAPL)  —  Is Apple planning to improve the video capabilities on its Mac computers?  And is that the mystery “future product transition” Apple alluded to on its Q3 earnings call — one of the reasons it expects margins to be lower this quarter?
Business Wire:
JDA Software Group to Acquire i2 Technologies  — Acquisition Combines Two Industry Leaders Resulting in One of the Most Comprehensive Global Supply Chain Management Offerings  — Strengthens JDA Market Position with More Than 6,000 Customers, Offering Unparalleled Supply Chain …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sold At Last: JDA Software To Buy i2 For $14.86/Shr
Discussion: PC World
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Verizon and 2 Unions Agree on 3-Year Contract, Averting Strike  —  Verizon Communications and its two major unions announced on Sunday that they had reached tentative three-year contracts with raises totaling nearly 11 percent and with the company continuing to pay 100 percent of current workers' and retirees' health premiums.
Discussion: News Headlines
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon-Union Deal Averts Strike
Discussion: CNET News.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Exposes Part Of Google Search Deal Terms In SEC Document  —  Both Reuters and CNET report on a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Yahoo that contains many of the details of its paid search deal with Google.  It's a redacted version of the agreement the two companies signed.
Discussion: eWeek and Search Engine Watch Blog
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” …
Dow Jones Newswires:
US Mobile Phone Shipments Rise 5.3% In 2Q - Consulting Firm  —  Mobile phone shipments in the U.S. managed a 5.3% increase in the second quarter, as cellphone companies beat the weak economy and posted strong results.  —  Strategy Analytics, an independent consulting firm …
Discussion: Engadget and FierceWireless
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
The power of the Hawk is a problem for SF-MoMA  —  Throwing the esteemed Thomas Hawk out on his ear is not the way to win friends and influence people  —  Thomas Hawk is the pen name of a photographer, blogger and web startup CEO who operates in the San Francisco Bay Area …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi: Yep, The Kindle's A Huge Hit.  $1 Billion For Amazon In 2010 (AMZN)  —  Initial skepticism about Amazon's Kindle is being replaced by euphoria: Citi's Mark Mahaney, who was already bullish on the e-book reader, declares that is indeed going to be Amazon's iPod.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
The sky isn't falling: a look at a new Vista security bypass
Electronista:
Verizon makes Visual Voice Mail official
Discussion: AppScout and Gizmodo
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Hadoop: When grownups do open source
Bill Ray / The Register:
'I've cracked Nokia S40 security', claims researcher
Business Wire:
Hitachi Debuts Three Format Hybrid Blu-ray Disc Camcorder
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
IAC Spinoff Set For Next Week; Five Companies As Of Aug. 21
Anastasia Ustinova / San Francisco Chronicle:
Music site Imeem dials up volume of traffic
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
New York Times:
Media Outlets Losing Money From a Lack of Auto Ads
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IAC Monetizes Bloglines With Display Ads
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PC World:
PC Industry Scared Netbooks May Hurt Laptop Sales
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Chandana Kulatunga / PalmAddicts:
Possible Palm Centro 2 Images ?
Andrew Binstock / InfoWorld:
Is unit testing doomed?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Boston Subway System Stops Defcon Talk; But Paints Security Target On Its Back
David Carr / New York Times:
All of Us, the Arbiters of News