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4:10 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.
Business Week:
How Big Will The iPhone Be?  —  It may be a $10 billion business-and further propel Apple shares  —  Few stocks trade on emotion the way Apple Inc. (AAPL ) does.  Its rip-roaring initial public offering in 1980 created the template for modern tech mania, while making Steve Jobs a gazillionaire.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple announces iPhone now delivers up to 8 hours of talk time, new glass display
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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 …
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.
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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
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 …
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.
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) …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gadget Lab
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.
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 …
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Unveils the U3; Your Direct Source to Music on the Go  —  Seoul, Korea, June 18, 2007 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. a market leader in consumer electronics, today announced its newest digital creation; the U3, a USB direct music player with 5 fun colors.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mobility Site
Craig Rubens / NewTeeVee:
YouTube's Disappointing New Editing Tools  —  Late Friday evening YouTube rolled out its new on-site editing service, YouTube Remixer.  Powered by Adobe Premiere Express, the software allows YouTubers to remix their existing videos adding new music, borders, clip art graphics, and transitions …
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," …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
EBay Moves to Recharge Its Auctions  —  BOSTON — In 1998, eBay's chief executive, Meg Whitman, changed the background color of the site's home page from gray to white.  Rather than simply switching colors overnight, though, Ms. Whitman directed eBay's engineers to bleach the gray over the course of 30 days.
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
IPTV chugs along  —  The promise behind Internet Protocol television, or IPTV, is enormous, but fulfillment of that promise sometimes seems a long way off.  —  A year into major IPTV deployments around the world, progress on new features is slow, although a new version of Microsoft's IPTV software takes …
 
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Charles / Channel 9:
Windows Live Platform Discussion with Koji Kato and Danny Thorpe
Reuters:
Microsoft to invest $12 million in China TV maker
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Social networks as "friend" Nazi (design flaws in Facebook, Jaiku, Twitter)
Dan Frommer / Forbes:
Not Quite YouTube To Go  —  Go nuts, YouTube fans …
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Sidekick to get MySpace application
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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Mitch Kapor: Virtual Worlds Are Like A Drug Experience
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Chinese Gold Farmers: Work or Fun?
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox Add-ons: All You Need To Know
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