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4:40 PM ET, June 18, 2007

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Natalie Kerris / Apple:
iPhone Delivers Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time  —  Now Features Durable Glass Top Surface  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone™ will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone …
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Steve Jobs in a Box  —  It's a stunning box, a wizard object with a passel of amazing features (It's a phone!  An iPod!  A Web browser!).  But for all its marvels, the iPhone inaugurates a dangerous new era for Jobs.  Has he peaked?  —  H  —  e saunters out onstage, and the first thing you think is, man, Steve Jobs looks old.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple announces iPhone now delivers up to 8 hours of talk time, new glass display
Discussion: CNET News.com and digg
Gear Diary:
Unboxing the HTC Mogul, Sprint's New WM6 Phone  —  I got a sweet surprise from HTC on Friday: the brand new Sprint HTC Mogul, which is a major upgrade to the HTC Apache / Sprint PPC-6700 and which incidentally does not appear to be called the PPC-6800 anywhere but on its battery.
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
Fox locks deal with Web TV service  —  Brightcove pacts with company  —  Internet TV service Brightcove has inked its first companywide deal with a major conglom, signing to become the online video platform for Fox Entertainment Group.  —  Under the pact, the Fox broadcast net …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Television Syndication will Never Be the Same: Fox Video is Sharable with Brightcove Player  —  Fox Television and Brightcove will announce tomorrow (Monday) a major development in the distribution of online video by a mainstream television company: The integration of the Brightcove player …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
New Wi-Fi distance record: 382 kilometers  —  Researcher Ermanno Pietrosemoli has set what appears to be a new record for the longest communication link with Wi-Fi.  —  Pietrosemoli, president of the Escuela Latinoamerica de Redes (which means networking school of Latin America) …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Social networks as "friend" Nazi (design flaws in Facebook, Jaiku, Twitter)  —  Oh, how I hate when social networking software tries to be my parent.  —  Jon Udell touches on this in his post about Facebook: "how do I know this person?"  —  See, the developers who make this software …
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile terminates Truphone  —  Mobile operator, or not?  —  T-Mobile has stopped connecting its customers when they call someone using Truphone, saying the VoIP operator is overcharging for interconnection.  —  Instead, T-Mobile customers get a recorded announcement saying they must have misdialed.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
No Microsoft-Ubuntu deal in the works, Canonical CEO says  —  Anyone expecting a technical and legal partnership between Microsoft and Ubuntu distributor Canonical to follow existing Microsoft-Linux deals will be disappointed.  —  Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth in a blog posting on Saturday …
Reuters:
Nokia sees future for touch screens, move sensors  —  Optical sensors and touch screens are the leading technologies that cell phone makers are likely to use as improvements to the tiny keypads on many of today's handsets.  —  "Optical sensors and touch will be the next big things," …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iMac overhaul tracking for mid-to-late summer  —  Apple Inc.'s hotly anticipated iPhone device will have a few weeks to bask in the limelight before the electronics maker returns focus to its Mac business with a pair of redesigned iMacs positioned to catch the tail end of the educational buying season.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
Carolyn Guevarra / TrendLabs:
Another malware pulls an Italian job  —  Remember LINKOPTIM, which exploited a number of legitimate Italian Web sites to spread malicious JavaScripts?  Since early Saturday morning (June 16, 2007), Trend Micro has been receiving several reports of a new batch of hacked Italian Web sites …
Discussion: Zero Day, Security Fix and Threat Level
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds enlist public's help on techy patent filings  —  Critics of the U.S. patent system have long griped that it's entirely too easy to get patents these days on obvious or otherwise unmeritorious inventions—in part because overworked patent examiners don't have ready access to information about what's already out there.
Aldamiz / MyStrands Blog:
MyStrands raises $25 Million to lead the social recommendation industry … We are very excited to announce that MyStrands has raised $25 million in Series B funding.  The main investor is 25 year-old Spanish media mogul Antonio Asensio, owner and CEO of the third largest media group in Spain …
Charles / Channel 9:
Windows Live Platform Discussion with Koji Kato and Danny Thorpe  —  Windows Live is best known as a collection of end-user offerings - like Messenger, Spaces, Search, Hotmail and a whole bunch more.  It's also in the process of evolving into a platform.  Koji Kato and Danny Thorpe …
Discussion: WebProNews
BBC:
Blockbuster to focus on Blu-ray  —  Firm rental firm Blockbuster is to rent high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray format only at 1,450 of its US stores.  —  The decision is being seen as a blow for the rival HD DVD format, which has been battling Blu-ray for supremacy.
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Microsoft to Pay $50 Million for Exclusive Grand Theft Auto Episodes  —  Grand Theft Auto "only on Xbox 360" to cost Microsoft $50 million  —  Grand Theft Auto carries an enormous fan-base as a game franchise - one that Microsoft so desperately wanted to grab from Sony's PlayStation 2 legion.
 
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T quietly offers $10 DSL plan
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Maine waters down, passes network neutrality resolution
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
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Journey's Song Gets a Bump From TV Once Again
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MySpace to make friends with eBay
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YouTube's Disappointing New Editing Tools
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Firefox Add-ons: All You Need To Know
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