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2:50 PM ET, August 11, 2008

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Apple, AT&T mum on iPhone 3G issues  —  Note: CNET News' Tom Krazit and Marguerite Reardon co-wrote this article.  —  After his third iPhone 3G continued to cut him off in the middle of his conversations, Ryan Shaw had seen enough.  —  “The phone was a disappointment from the standpoint …
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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 …
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.
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.
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset
Discussion: eWeek
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?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Georgia turns to Google's Blogger amid Russia onslaught  —  What do you do when your country is under attack by Russia and your government's Web sites pummeled by an alleged cyber attack?  If you're Georgia you turn to Google, specifically Blogger.  —  To get its message out …
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Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Georgia: Russia ‘conducting cyber war’
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
Verizon:
Visual Voice Mail From Verizon Wireless Gives Customers A New Way To Manage Their Messages  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network today …
Discussion: Crave, I4U News and Phone Arena
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Electronista:
Verizon makes Visual Voice Mail official
Discussion: AppScout and Gizmodo
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 Sunday, 5.1 million watched 3.4 million.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Does the Olympics Video Suck For You Too?
BBC:
Invisibility cloak ‘step closer’  —  Scientists in the US say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people invisible.  —  Researchers at the University of California in Berkeley have developed a material that can bend light around 3D objects making them “disappear”.
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
New meta-material doesn't actually render anything invisible
Discussion: Wired Science and Nature
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.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   Is Content King Again?
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Alexander's non-QWERTY counterpart, Atila  —  Another leaked Motorola handset?  You bet!  This time we've got the brother-in-law to the Motorola Alexander — no QWERTY keyboard — with a pretty decent spec sheet.  This one is codenamed Atila, and if you haven't caught …
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 / 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.
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: eWeek, Tech Trader Daily and Valleywag
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft shopping for exclusive content to bolster Zune  —  Microsoft's Zune is a competent media player that has some unique features, but it has only managed to carve out a small chunk of the portable media player market so far.  With Apple selling more iPods in a month than the total number …
wmpoweruser.com:
AT&T HTC Touch Pro first pictures!!  —  A forum poster over at XDA-Developers has managed to lay his hands (at the cost of $900 (bargain!)) on the an AT&T branded HTC Touch Pro.  The device, obviously intended for the US market, features 3G on the 850 band and also lacks the front facing VGA camera …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Defcon ends with researchers muzzled, viruses written  —  LAS VEGAS — The Defcon hacker conference ended its 16th year on Sunday, sending about 8,000 attendees home from a weekend of virus writing, discussion of Internet attacks, and general debauchery.  —  The highlight was most definitely …
 
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