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5:30 PM ET, August 11, 2008

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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.
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One More Thing:
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 …
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 …
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.
gipscorp.com:
Global IP Solutions Enables the iPhone with High Quality, Real-time Voice over IP
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.
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Reuters:
Citigroup sees better Amazon Kindle sales
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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HostExploit / Russian Business Network:
RBN - Georgia CyberWarfare - 2 - Sat 16 00 East Coast, 20 00 GMT
Discussion: CNET News.com and CircleID
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Blue Screen of Death Strikes Bird's Nest During Opening Ceremonies Torch Lighting  —  Well this is just perfect.  At the exact moment Li Ning was rounding the lip of the Bird's Nest during the amazing torch-lighting climax, someone snapped this photo of our good friend the BSOD nestled amongst the Nest's steel twigs.
Discussion: Tech Blog
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?
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Memoranda  —  Apple and Microsoft, as ever, offer a study in contrasts.  Take, for example, two recent company-wide memos from CEOs Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer.  Jobs's, leaked last week, regarded the botched launch of MobileMe.  Ballmer's, from two weeks ago, outlined Microsoft's strategic goals for the next year.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Forget Push Email, Here Comes Push Facebook For Your Mobile  —  From a company called Blue Whale Systems Ltd., makers of a free mobile push application called BlueWhaleMail, there now comes a new push application: Facebook.  Via the BlueWhaleMail app, you can be notified of your friends' status updates, wall posts, and news items.
Discussion: The Social Web
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone atop Flickr's cameraphone list once again  —  The iPhone continues to dominate Flickr's list of popular cameraphones.  As pointed out by the folks at TUAW, the iPhone has once again spiked past the Nokia N95, no doubt a result of the iPhone 3G's recent launch and scads of new users taking photos with the device.
Discussion: TUAW, Electronista and Cult of Mac
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Heat from car exhaust could improve mileage  —  Researchers are trying to find a useful outlet for cars' waste heat—namely their electrical load.  —  General Motors and BMW plan to test devices that will convert excess heat from a car's motor into electricity next year, according to an Associated Press report Sunday.
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.
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 …
 
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset
Discussion: One More Thing
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Defcon ends with researchers muzzled, viruses written
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
New meta-material doesn't actually render anything invisible
Discussion: Wired Science and Nature
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Hadoop: When grownups do open source
Discussion: The Open Road
Kenneth G. Brill / Forbes:
Servers: Why Thrifty Isn't Nifty