· iPhone mania becomes iSnafu. As consumers across the world snap up the new 3G, many American buyers "left stores on Friday frustrated because their new gadgets did not work due to problems activating service. A spokesman for AT&T Inc, the sole U.S. carrier for the iPhone, blamed problems synchronizing the phone with Apple's iTunes online music and software store."
· Gizmodo publishes two reviews and a gallery.
"Apple has eliminated so many annoying little hang-ups that you might run into when using the old one. The GPS pinpoints to meters instead of blocks. The 3G connection slashes web loading times by minutes to seconds. The more rounded case feels great in the hand. And most importantly the new software polishes the OS and opens the phone up to nearly unlimited capabilities through the countless programs that are already being written by the brilliant legions of faithful developers. It's kind of cool."
· South Carolina tourism agency has buyers remorse after commissioning an "overseas advertising campaign targeting gay tourists. The campaign, tied to gay pride week celebrations in London, included ads that proclaimed 'South Carolina is so gay' " and promoted its "gay beaches."
· JFK Airport has second near-collision in a week.
· Kevin Naff at the Washington Blade says farewell to an icon of hate. "Maybe the prospect of Barack Obama as president was too much for [Jesse Helms] to bear and so he shuffled off this mortal coil. His death—and Obama’s candidacy—marks a historic turning point in race relations for the country. National public figures like sitting senators can no longer get away with open expressions of racism. We are on the verge of electing a black man president. Gay couples are marrying legally on both coasts. It must have been a scary world for Helms."
· Meanwhile, an editorial in today's Washington Post says DADT must be repealed. "The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that continues the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. military was wrong when President Clinton signed it into law in 1993, and it's wrong today. The only difference between then and now is that more people are now coming around to that conclusion."
· Michael Christopher (Living the Life, From Top to Bottom) talks to Southern Voice and Steven G. Fullwood about his new novel Unspeakable, which explores the effects of childhood sexual abuse on black gay men.
· Housing crisis become even more critical. Federal regulators shut down mortgage lender IndyMac, "the largest regulated thrift to fail and the second largest financial institution to close in U.S. history." Earlier in the day, stocks fell sharply "on concerns about the stability of mortgage industry giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
· The International Criminal Court will seek the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur. United Nations in an uproar "with the Sudanese ambassador accusing the court of trying to destabilize his country and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressing concern about the safety of United Nations personnel in the African nation."