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TidBITS#936/14-Jul-08

Some of us spent a long, hot Friday standing in line and all we have to show for it are our new iPhone 3Gs. Rich Mogull offers his first-weekend impressions of the 3G and iPhone 2.0 software, while Jeff Carlson examines why people would spend hours in line for a cellular phone. Plus, Jeff discovers a way to send SMS text messages from the iPhone for free using the new AIM application. Apple, not content to overwhelm its servers with those releases, also activated the MobileMe service in fits and starts; Glenn Fleishman looks at how Apple nearly scuttled the job, but seem to have righted the ship. In news not related to the iPhone, the U.S. Justice Department ends its investigation into Apple and Steve Jobs over backdating the company’s shares (which still leaves open civil and SEC suits), Joe Kissell explains how sparse bundle disk images are the wave of the storage future, and Adam teases his sweet tooth with custom-printed M&M candies.