The Apple iPhone debuts after thousands of gadget-hungry consumers wait hours or even days for the do-everything phone with a touch-sensitive screen that company "hopes will become its third core business next to its moneymaking iPod music players and Macintosh computers." Mixed reviews: Wired News: "Truly remarkable device—easy to navigate and use—but at the same time it has some serious shortcomings. Gizmodo: "The audio quality is great as well, as is the send frequency response."
· Rod 2.0 crush object Pharrell Williams is in demand. Over the weekend, the producer and fashionista—along with Kanye West and new buddy Elton John—appears in the London concert for the Princess Diana. Next week, he jets to Rio to headline the Live Earth concert on Copacabana Beach, one of Al Gore's 24-hour worldwide events to raise awareness for global warming.
· Potential cure for HIV? "Scientists engineered an enzyme which attacks the DNA of the HIV virus and cuts it out of the infected cell. The enzyme is still far from being ready to use as a treatment but offers a glimmer of hope for the more than 40 million people infected worldwide."
· Mad Professsah deconstructs the hotly contested special primary in California's 37th congressional district to fill the seat for the recently deceased Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, describing Assemblymember Laura Richardson's win as "a win for both the African American and LGBT communities."
· Another day and more proof the troop escalation is not working. CNN reports deadly roadside attack in Baghdad kills five American troops, making the 99 soldiers killed in June as "part of deadliest three-month stretch of war."House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to introduce troop withdrawal legislation.