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11:35 AM ET, June 27, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
The iPhone Is Breakthrough Handheld Computer  —  One of the most important trends in personal technology over the past few years has been the evolution of the humble cellphone into a true handheld computer, a device able to replicate many of the key functions of a laptop.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype  —  Talk about hype.  In the last six months, Apple's iPhone has been the subject of 11,000 print articles, and it turns up about 69 million hits on Google.  Cultists are camping out in front of Apple stores; bloggers call it the "Jesus phone."
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
First Look: Test Driving the iPhone  —  A first look at the most eagerly anticipated gizmo ever.  —  A couple of weeks ago I went to Pittsburgh for what I thought would be a day trip.  Since I was headed back that evening, I didn't take my laptop, but because of thunderstorms across the Eastern Seaboard …
USA Today:
Apple's iPhone isn't perfect, but it's worthy of the hype  —  The mania over Apple's iPhone launch has created stratospheric expectations that are near impossible to live up to.  Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth lusting after.  —  That's saying a lot.
Microsoft:
Windows Live Moves Into Next Phase with Renewed Focus on Software + Services  —  Q&A: Chris Jones, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience Program Management, discusses how a new Windows Live product suite planned for release in the coming months will help customers more easily and safely communicate and share online.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Betas: Windows Live Photo Gallery; Microsoft Live Drive Here
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Next-gen Windows Live services to provide software plus a service
Discussion: Reuters
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Put your photos on a map, and Picasa on your phone  —  Posted by Ping Chen and Joel Onofrio, Software Engineers  —  If you've ever seen a great picture and wondered where it was, wished you could visit that exact spot yourself, or found yourself itching to share a great photo with somebody …
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Evan Ratliff / Wired News:
Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Map your photos with Google's latest feature in Picasa Web Albums
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Kennethn / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
An entirely new way to stay organized  —  Posted by: Ron Schneider, Technical Lead, Google Docs & Spreadsheets  —  Today we introduced some exciting changes to Google Docs & Spreadsheets.  —  Here's what's new:  — Looking pretty - The entire document list has been given a complete visual overhaul …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Upgrades Docs, Adds Folders
Discussion: Webware.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace, Chasing YouTube, Upgrades Its Offerings  —  Two years ago, millions of MySpace users began adding video clips to their profile pages, helping to give rise to YouTube, which Google bought last October for $1.65 billion.  —  This week, MySpace, a division of the News Corporation …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fixed Mobile Networks Converge, TMobile launches HotSpot@Home  —  Time to get rid of that landline, and say hello to Cellular-WiFi convergence.  The much-talked-about dual mode T-Mobile USA wireless service, called HotSpot@Home, that uses both the cellular and WiFi networks for seamless phone calling …
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dslreports.com:   T-Mobile Launches UMA Service - Save your minutes by using Wi-Fi....
Michael Gartenberg:
T-Mobile introduces Hotspot@Home - First Take
Discussion: GigaOM and jkOnTheRun
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
EXCLUSIVE: What is WiiWare?  Level Up Gets the Scoop On Nintendo's Brand New Bag  —  Patience is a virtue, a wise man once said, and nowhere is this more true than the circumstances surrounding the story we're about to bring you right now.  A month or so before the March Game Developers Conference …
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BBC Press Office:
BBC iPlayer to launch on 27 July  —  The BBC's on-demand TV service, BBC iPlayer, is to launch on 27 July, it was announced today by Ashley Highfield, Director of Future Media & Technology.  —  "BBC iPlayer is a free catch-up service for UK licence fee payers," said Highfield.
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BBC:   BBC web downloads set to launch
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
SUMMER'S HERE AND SO IS THE JUNE 2007 CTP  —  MSDN and TechNet subscribers - get your shorts on and your skateboards out!!  Windows Server 2008 Technical Beta participants - slip into those bikinis and hit the pool!!  That's right - the June 2007 Community Technology Preview of Windows Server 2008 is here!
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Netcraft
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Windows Server 2008 makes hosting debut at Microsoft.com
Discussion: PC World
Louise Story / Bits:
More Than Just Squatting (on Domain Names)  —  One of the less reputable sectors of the Internet economy that has been growing rapidly is domain name parking.  Entrepreneurs register names that are either misspellings of common domains, like amazo.com or generic titles like www.chicagodoctors.com.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Marchex Simultaneously Launches 100K Local Search Sites
Discussion: The Key
Tim Ferguson / ZDNet:
Vodafone to be iPhone operator in Europe?  —  Vodafone is among the frontrunners to become the network operator for Apple's iPhone when it comes to Europe, according to investment bank Credit Suisse.  —  A recent Credit Suisse research note said the U.K.-based mobile operator could walk away …
heise.de:
German Wikipedia receives state funding  —  For the first time, the German edition of the open Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia will be receiving state funding.  Germany will be setting aside part of its budget to improve information about renewable resources in Wikipedia.
Chippy / UMPCPortal feed.:
Raon Digital Everun.  Exclusive preview video.  —  I feel very privileged to be able to air this introduction video of the Raon Digital Everun that will be on sale next month.  Thanks to Raon Digital and a meeting schedule that took them through my neck of the woods I was able to meet up with them …
Nicolas Jondet / French-Law.net:
Privatunes: a software that anonymizes iTunes Plus files  —  Ratatium.com, a French website specialized in technology news and software downloads, has just launched Privatunes, a free software that anonymizes DRM-free files bought on iTunes Plus.  Last month's revelations that the DRM-free files …
Discussion: Inquirer and p2pnet
 
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