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2:15 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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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 …
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, Macsimum News, TUAW and Gizmodo
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.
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?
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
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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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.
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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”.
Discussion: p2pnet
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
New meta-material doesn't actually render anything invisible
Discussion: Wired Science and Nature
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.
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
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 …
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Georgia: Russia ‘conducting cyber war’  —  Russia has been accused of attacking Georgian government websites in a cyber war to accompany their military bombardment.  —  Several Georgian state computer servers have been under external control since shortly before Russia's armed intervention …
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 and Cult of Mac
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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Electronista:
Hitachi intros smaller Blu-ray vidcam to US
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Joe Fay / The Register:
Intel papers over remote attack chip flaws ahead of demo
InfoWorld:
Flying to Defcon with no ID
Discussion: philosecurity
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Leo Lewis / Times of London:
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Is Content King Again?
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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Electronista:
Verizon makes Visual Voice Mail official
Discussion: AppScout and Gizmodo
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Hadoop: When grownups do open source
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Exposes Part Of Google Search Deal Terms In SEC Document
Anastasia Ustinova / San Francisco Chronicle:
Music site Imeem dials up volume of traffic
Discussion: Digital Noise and ReadWriteWeb
Business Wire:
JDA Software Group to Acquire i2 Technologies
Jay Phillips / Adhearsion Blog:
What We're Not Admitting about Asterisk
Andrew Binstock / InfoWorld:
Is unit testing doomed?