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10:45 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 …
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Jobs: App Store is huge; iPhone has a kill switch
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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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Best Buy to Install More Vending Machines at Top Airports  —  The Best Buy vending machine at Dallas/Fort Worth airport will be just one of a series of “Best Buy Express” machines, according to new info from Best Buy itself.  In partnership with ZoomSystems, Best Buy will install similar machines at Atlanta …
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.
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” …
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Blogging for tips? It's Open Salon
Discussion: AppScout
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 …
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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
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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Don't Put Too Much Faith in High-Tech Passports  —  Two European researchers have found a way to defeat the chips being placed in passports to eliminate fraud.  It's another reminder never to place blind faith in technology.  —  Adam Laurie and Jeroen van Beek, at the Black Hat security conference …
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 …
Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
PODCAST: Kannuu Provides Shortcuts To Search Results & More; Will It Move Mobile Search Into The Mainstream?  —  Is mobile search broken?  Let's just say the experience leaves a lot to be desired.  —  A major obstacle is usability.  Inputting search terms on a mobile device is tedious …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
IAC Monetizes Bloglines With Display Ads  —  Bloglines, a popular web-based RSS reader, announced that they have begun testing the waters of monetizing the service with display ads.  If you login to the Bloglines start page, you may see an ad on the right hand side.
David Carr / New York Times:
All of Us, the Arbiters of News  —  Early on in any journalist's career, the young reporter is besieged by advice from all sides.  Flacks, sources and run-of-the-mill busybodies will pound on the phone about why the reporter isn't covering this or that story.
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Macs To Get A Video Upgrade? (AAPL)
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New Sony Ericsson W760a hitting AT&T?
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What We're Not Admitting about Asterisk
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Dutch paving stones clean air pollution
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PC World:
PC Industry Scared Netbooks May Hurt Laptop Sales
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 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Collaboration Pit Cisco Against Microsoft, Google?
Discussion: Business Week
Dave Bullock / Threat Level:
A First Ever Look Inside The Defcon Network Operations Center
Discussion: Boing Boing
Sherri / philosecurity:
Flying Without a Wallet
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: Digg
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?