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2:40 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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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.
Dan Frommer / Forbes:
Apple Upgrades iPhone
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple announces iPhone now delivers up to 8 hours of talk time, new glass display
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Apple: You can gab on that iPhone for eight hours
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
AP: Blockbuster to Favor Blu-Ray HD Disc … LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blockbuster Inc. will rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format in 1,450 stores when it expands its high-def offerings next month, dealing a major blow to the rival HD DVD format.  —  The move, being announced Monday …
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NEWSFACTOR:
Death Knell Sounds for HD DVD Format
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BBC:
Blockbuster to focus on Blu-ray
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Blockbuster favors Blu-ray DVDs to HD DVD
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and Multimedia Platform Debuts at NXTcomm  —  Latest update to award-winning IPTV platform includes exciting connected entertainment features; new ingredient brand to support service provider marketing activities.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability …
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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 …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Announces Mediaroom IPTV Platform
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
eMediaWire:
Network Solutions Earns Authorized Google AdWords Reseller Status  —  Network Solutions is one of several select Google AdWords resellers in the United States.  —  Network Solutions® has recently been named an Authorized Google® AdWords™ Reseller, placing them in a select group …
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.
Adam / Google Public Policy Blog:
Taking the Wraps Off Google's Public Policy Blog  —  Posted by Andrew McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs  —  At the beginning of 2005, I was Google's lone public policy guy.  Today, there's a bigger - and growing - team of us scattered around the world …
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
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 …
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.
Cutkillavince / Akihabaranews.com:
iRiver feeds your envy!  —  A couple photos had been seen here and there the last couple days, it is now official, here comes iRiver's latest jewel: the NV!  This DMB-Navi co...
Discussion: Engadget, Anything But iPod and Gizmodo
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox Add-ons: All You Need To Know  —  Firefox is a browser that can be extended and enhanced in many ways - chief among those being Add-ons, which give you more functionality or perhaps just a new theme.  In fact sometimes they give you a full-blown web app, like Yoono, BlogRovr or Trailfire.
Discussion: 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 …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Sidekick to get MySpace application  —  We've uncovered T-Mobile's MySpace plans for its Sidekick devices.  The Sidekick MySpace application will allow users to edit their profiles, upload pictures from their device, read/send messages, post comments, and much more.
Discussion: CrunchGear, IntoMobile and Gadgetell
 
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Dan Frommer / Forbes:
Not Quite YouTube To Go  —  Go nuts, YouTube fans …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds enlist public's help on techy patent filings
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
New Media Center Looking Delayed
Business Wire:
Accenture to Invest $250 Million to Expand Technology Consulting …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
With the Internet growth slowing in U.S., Sequoia pour more funds into China
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Electronic House Recently Filed:
Original Star Trek Props Anchor Home Theater
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Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Quintura gets Series A from Skype backers
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Journey's Song Gets a Bump From TV Once Again
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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Is It OK that Google Owns Us?
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Chinese Gold Farmers: Work or Fun?
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Gareth Branwyn / Wired News:
Steam-Driven Dreams: The Wondrously Whimsical World of Steampunk
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Mozilla exec calls Apple's Safari plan 'duopolistic'
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Random House - Widgets and Web Services Done Right
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