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10:05 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 …
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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 generated about $1 million a day in sales.  That information comes from Steve Jobs in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Jobs: App Store is huge; iPhone has a kill switch  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs says App Store users have downloaded more than 60 million software programs and confirmed that the iPhone has a kill switch so the company can nuke brand breaking software.  —  In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Jobs noted that:
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Boston Subway System Stops Defcon Talk; But Paints Security Target On Its Back  —  You would think after years and years of it backfiring every time some scared organization tries to shut down a talk concerning their security vulnerabilities, that people wouldn't even bother any more.
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Business Technology:
Responsible Disclosure? Judge Gags Student Hackers
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Beijing Olympic 2008 opening ceremony giant firework footprints ‘faked’  —  Parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday were faked because of fears over live filming, it has emerged.  —  As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown …
Discussion: Switched, The Register, Gizmodo and i-boy
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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: Digg
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” …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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Andrew Binstock / InfoWorld:
Is unit testing doomed?  —  San Francisco - The agile revolution that began in software development in the 1990s has been inexorably making its way into mainstream IT organizations.  Today, one of the most adopted agile practices is unit testing, where developers write hundreds of small tests for exercising their own code.
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.
Chandana Kulatunga / PalmAddicts:
Possible Palm Centro 2 Images ?  —  I am not sure of the legibility of these images but it looks authentic.  If true, I will be wowed and this is the kind of Treo I've been waiting for years with my outdated Treo 650.  There has to be a sliding out keyboard some sort of.
Adhearsion Blog:
What We're Not Admitting about Asterisk  —  It's time to clear up several restraining misconceptions in the telephony space.  These are points I outlined during my presentation at AsteriskTag in Berlin recently, though they bear repeating for everyone's sake.  —  This post is not the end of the discussion.
Intel:
Next-Generation Intel PC Chips to Carry Intel Core Name  —  Intel Corporation announced today that desktop processors based on the company's upcoming new microarchitecture (codenamed “Nehalem") will be formally branded “Intel® Core™ processor.”  The first products in this new family …
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs Bobblehead iPhone Dock Brings A Jobsnote To Your Desk …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: RIAA damages too high in innocent infringement case
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Cash-rich Microsoft may buy back shares
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Long Term Impacts of Online Critics on Personal Brands
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Why laptops will kick desktop PCs to the curb
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Many Fail to See the Humor in ‘I Am Rich’ for the iPhone
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Is Google a Media Company?