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8:55 AM ET, June 15, 2007

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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Seduction of AT&T  —  This week was Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), the biggest news from which seemed to be the beta version of Safari (Apple's web browser) for Windows.  Why the heck would Apple even produce such a product?  Readers and pundits alike have been wondering ad nauseam.
Discussion: WinExtra and CrunchGear
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Safari for Windows... but WHY?  —  Steve Jobs & Company must have known that releasing a Safari browser for the Windows platform was going to result in some serious blowback: vulnerabilities, outrage and of course, the mocking.  And as expected, the digerati responded with scorn and outrage.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
After hacker dissection, Safari beta is patched
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony Ericsson intros 5Mp Cyber-shot phone  —  Receive the days biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Sony Ericsson is to beef up its line of Cyber-shot camera phones with a new five-megapixel model, but you're going to have to wait until nearly Christmas to get your hands on it.
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Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson develops its camera phone range with a 5 megapixel …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Macworld
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Video: Review of the Jaiku Beta client for S60  —  This kicks Twitter in the balls and then makes love to its mother.  Jonathan Greene takes a stab at reviewing the latest beta of the S60 Jaiku client and he does a great job, but if you're going to watch the video you should definitely read …
John's Blog:
A Picture's Worth 100M Users???  —  Steve Job's keynote at WWDC this year inspired some and was disappointing to others — but, as usual, it was interesting & entertaining.  I've always liked Apple's products, and spend an embarrassing amount of my own money on them.  So I'm interested in what he's got to say.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
The state of our video ID tools  —  Recent speculation and stories like this Wall Street Journal article or this Reuters report on YouTube's use of video identification tools made us think it would be useful to clarify what we're doing.  —  We've been developing improved content identification for months …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Future of Media Video: Google Takes Over the World by 2050  —  Davide Casaleggio sent a tip to Read/WriteWeb about a video his company produced exploring the future of media.  It is a very cool 6-minute video, which takes some educated (and imaginative) guesses at how the Web and media will evolve over the next 40-50 years.
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Candace Lombardi / Webware.com:
TRIPADVISOR TROTS OUT SOCIAL NETWORK  —  TripAdvisor, that sea of au courant and sometimes complaint-driven posts about hotels, is making it easier to find like-minded travelers.  The subsidiary of Expedia plans to roll out a social-networking component Friday that should help you avoid …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and Mashable!
Henry Gottlieb / LAW.com:
MySpace, Facebook Privacy Limits Tested in Emotional Distress Suit  —  The operators of MySpace and Facebook social networking sites assure their millions of subscribers that only designated "friends" can read registrants' private postings.  —  But do the postings stay private …
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Sony chief ponders cut for PS3 price  —  Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Corp, said the electronics and entertainment company was trying to "refine" how much it could afford to cut the price of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, saying there was "no question" consumers wanted the price to be lower.
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz, Joystiq and Kotaku
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
On 'fatblogs,' heavy people weigh in  —  Many struggling with extra pounds go public in search of willpower.  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis is a blogging maestro.  About 10,000 people visit his website each day to read his new business ideas, musings on technology and potshots at rival entrepreneurs.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: How Justin.TV's Live Video System Was Born  —  Like most great ideas, the concept behind Justin.tv is simple: a video stream, anytime, anywhere.  But the hardware behind it all wasn't so easy to make, so Justin called up a friend, Kyle Vogt, to hand build version 1.0 from some off the shelf parts …
Discussion: DailyTechTalk and digg
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows initial release  —  Today we have released Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows.  It includes many new features in comparison with Skype 3.2 for Windows.  —  This is a beta release which means that we are still working on it and that it is only recommended for experienced users to try out new bleeding edge features.
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 Firmware Upgrade 1.81 Coming Tomorrow  —  Just a quick update: we'll be making available firmware upgrade 1.81 tomorrow which will fix a few small issues some of you have noticed.  Most notably is the RGB Full setting which a few of you wrote in about.  In 1.80 we added an option …
Discussion: Kotaku, I4U News and digg
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
HeyCosmo mixes video conferencing, Texas Hold 'Em  —  Social networking, chat, content sharing, and casual games — we've seen them all.  —  But Mountain View, Calif.'s HeyCosmo combines these elements, throws in live webcam streaming and ends up with something new.
 
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Google Video Search in Frames
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Gigabyte Communications steps over Asustek for O2 handset orders
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Business Wire:
The Number of Customers Actually Purchasing Mobile Video Service …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and mocoNews.net
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New idea: Social Cameras!
Discussion: Scobleizer
John Gaudiosi / Hollywood Reporter:
Cartoon net routes games to consoles
Reuters:
NBC Universal says outlook is rosy
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Launches More Reviews Of Web Ad Deals
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Net Neutrality Comment Period Closing Friday
Discussion: Ars Technica, RSS and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
San Francisco Chronicle:
EBay slashes Google ads, escalating rift
Point-Topic:
World broadband closes in on 300 million subscribers
Discussion: dslreports.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Frontline Wireless pitches plan to build "third pipe" using 700 MHz spectrum
Discussion: Slashdot
Karen / Official Google Blog:
The CNN/YouTube debates  —  Posted by Steve Grove, Head of News and Politics, YouTube
Jane J. Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Managing Your Money In Public View
Discussion: SMS Text News and BuzzMachine
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Boston U student fights RIAA attempt to discover names behind IP addresses
Discussion: RSS and digg
BBC:
The Tech Lab: Dave Winer
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Veoh Hosts $26 Million Round