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10:00 AM ET, June 13, 2007

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John Markoff / New York Times:
That iPhone Is Missing a Keyboard*  —  If there is a billion-dollar gamble underlying Apple's iPhone, it lies in what this smart cellphone does not have: a mechanical keyboard.  —  As the clearest expression yet of the Apple chief executive's spartan design aesthetic, the iPhone sports …
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Michael Gartenberg:
It's not just the "what", it's the "how"  —  Dave Winer comments on the new iPhone ads and wonders if his Blackberry can some of the same functions seen in this ad and discovers that it can.  (although it would be a real trick to replicate the entire commercial on a Blackberry at the moment)
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Poll: do you care that iPhone is missing a physical keyboard?  —  John Markoff of The New York Times seems to be somewhat troubled by the fact the Apple iPhone has no keyboard.  —  On the plus side, John admits that the absence of the keyboard frees up valuable real estate for the device's 3.5- inch screen.
Discussion: Digital Trends and Switched
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
An OpenSolaris/Linux Mashup  —  To non-technical readers of this blog, or those uninterested in the ebbs and tides of the free software world... this might be a good entry to skip.  —  I was just forwarded a pointer to this note regarding Sun and OpenSolaris, written by the eponymous Linus Torvalds.
Discussion: ussg.iu.edu and Slashdot
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Mahalo Greenhouse Launches  —  Two weeks ago we launched the human-powered "search service" Mahalo.com in alpha at the WSJ's D conference in California.  The tag line of Mahalo is "we're here to help," and after 15 days of tremendous feedback we've learned one thing: you want to help too!
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Apple to sell music through UK Bebo network  —  Apple is tapping into the popularity of social networking sites, as it announces a deal on Wednesday to embed its iTunes internet music download service into the Bebo website.  —  From Wednesday, Bebo's 8.8m users in the UK and Ireland …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Apple-Bebo: E-commerce comes to SocialNets
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Wired News Benchmarks Show Safari 3 Is Slower Than IE 7, Firefox  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted Safari 3's speed as one of its most appealing features.  But in tests by Wired News, the first public beta of Safari for Windows is actually slower than both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 when accessing Ajax-intensive web applications.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
OpenAds: A step in the right direction  —  I may be reading too much into this, but I take hope in a $5 million investment VCs made today in the company behind Openads, a free, open-source ad server.  They already serve more than 20,000 publishers, 100,000 sites in 20-plus languages over 30-plus networks.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Santa Rosa comes to the Mac: a review of the 17" MacBook Pro  —  Santa Rosa in the house  —  Apple MacBook Pro  —  Quick specs: 2.40GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 17" 1920x1200 LCD  —  Price as configured: $2,899 (shop for this title)  —  Since Apple made the great migration …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Without iTunes Account, iPhone Won't Work As Promised; AT&T Holding Back Service Details  —  Apple is intent on making iTunes indispensable beyond media sales and playback.  In update emails Tuesday, Apple (full text) and AT&T warned prospective users the expensive phone they lust for won't meet expectations without an iTunes account.
Discussion: hypebot
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Jon Fortt / The Utility Belt:
iTunes account will be required for iPhone use
Discussion: Bourse and Ars Technica
James S. Granelli / Los Angeles Times:
AT&T to target pirated content  —  It joins Hollywood in trying to keep bootleg material off its network.  —  AT&T Inc. has joined Hollywood studios and recording companies in trying to keep pirated films, music and other content off its network — the first major carrier of Internet traffic to do so.
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
BioWare Adapts Complex Event Processing To Online Gaming World  —  BioWare is using StreamBase's Stream Processing Engine, which is able to analyze up to 350,000 messages per second, for tracking players' actions and movements.  —  Complex event processing, a new technology …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ron Conway: Third-rate VCs are paying off entrepreneurs  —  Ron Conway, the most prolific investor in the latest wave of Internet companies, is hot for video companies, and ways to monetize them.  —  However, he's upset by some recent investment practices, he says.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dennis McLellan / Los Angeles Times:
'Mr. Wizard' dies at 89  —  Don Herbert, who explained the wonderful world of science to young baby boomers on television in the 1950s and '60s as "Mr. Wizard" and did the same for a later generation of youngsters on the Nickelodeon cable TV channel in the 1980s, died today.  He was 89.
Discussion: digg
Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
From Contemplative Man to Flickering Man  —  Michael Gorman asks, in the second part of his essay "Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason," "Is the astonishing spread of computer technology to change not just our society and personal lives but also the very nature of human intelligence?"
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Act now to stop Congress from legalizing spyware!  —  The SPY Act, a new anti-spyware law, makes it impossible for consumer rights groups to sue DRM companies for putting spyware in their DRM (like Sony did last year, with its rootkit DRM).  The irony is that spyware is already illegal …
 
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Michael Gorman / Britannica Blog:
Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason, Part I
DigiTimes:
Epson and Philips release joint reference design for personal projector
Discussion: Engadget
Money:
How to get rich in America
Discussion: digg
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
'Widgets' May Snag More Ads
Discussion: IT Facts
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
More ways for you to give us input
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Fuels — and Foils — Campaigns
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Unlocked iPhones a reality through Pure Digital?
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Xiyun Yang / Washington Post:
Reston's ComScore Hopes To Raise $71 Million in IPO
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Jason Dobson / Gamasutra:
Q&A: 3D Realms' Van Lierop Talks New Projects, Duke
Discussion: Kotaku and 1UP.com
Mark Androvich / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony threatens to pursue legal action against PS3 hackers
Discussion: Game | Life, I4U News and Joystiq
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Semel Faces the Music
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Plugs 15 Security Holes
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Microsoft
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Google to Reduce History of Personal Searches
 

 
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