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10:55 AM ET, June 28, 2007

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
iPhone Premieres This Friday Night at Apple Retail Stores  —  Free Workshops, Genius Bar Support and One to One Personal Training  —  Apple's revolutionary iPhone™ will go on sale this Friday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. local time at Apple® retail stores nationwide.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple retail stores to host nationwide employee sleepover  —  With iPhone line waiters and campers expected to congregate outside Apple Inc.'s retail stores on Thursday evening, the company has no plans to leave the outlets unattended, AppleInsider has learned.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple lays down iPhone purchase rules — max 2 per person
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Apple Gazette
DeWitt Clinton / Google Code:
Google Gadget Ventures  —  By Tom Stocky, Google Developer Programs  —  Good news for Google Gadget developers.  We've just launched Google Gadget Ventures, a new pilot program for distributing grants and seed investments to gadget developers and gadget-related businesses.
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Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Marissa Mayer on The Future of Search  —  Written by Nitin Karandikar; all photos by Jeremiah Owyang  —  The highlight of the Searchnomics 2007 conference today was a keynote, at the very end, by Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products & User Experience at Google.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google Gets Rocket Scientists on the Cheap: Junk CPMs
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Marissa Mayar, VP of Google on The Future of Search and Announcing …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Often-Asked iPhone Questions  —  With its new iPhone, Apple pulled off two masterful feats: creating the machine and creating the buzz around it.  —  That machine, and that buzz, have inspired a lot of questions.  Just how much of a phone, an iPod and an Internet machine is this thing?
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Think Secret:
Hands-on with the iPhone  —  After sources took the forthcoming iPhone …
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Rachel Boltz / The Story of Feedster:
Welcome to Feedster, Version 2.0!  —  We've just completed a site redesign here at Feedster that includes a few feature changes:  —  To start with the obvious, the site looks completely different.  When comparing the old with the new, it's quite apparent that we decided to keep only the name from the old design.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Didn't Someone Tell Feedster They Were Dead?
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
YouTube: 50% More Traffic than Other Video Sites Combined  —  YouTube's growth has not begun to slow yet this year.  Hitwise traffic data shows that the market share of US visits to YouTube has increased by 70% when comparing January 2007 to May 2007 (this only includes site visits …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
NewCo Thinks It's Worth a Billion Dollars
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google Desktop released for Linux  —  Google has released a version of Google Desktop for Linux.  While the PC version of this software includes a gadget engine, Google Desktop for Linux, like the relatively new Google Desktop for Mac is pretty much just a desktop search engine.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Desktop goes Linux
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Make Inroads With Google's Work Force  —  As Google Inc. exploded into a company of more than 12,000 employees, attracting a million resumes a year, the Internet giant rarely lost staff to start-ups or had prospective workers turn down job offers.  Now, though, Google's magnetic pull …
Sophos:
Don't download Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-0065!  —  Malicious spam posing as fake vulnerability patch leads to Trojan horse infection  —  Experts at Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, have warned of a widespread attempt to infect email users by sending them a warning about a bogus Microsoft security patch.
Discussion: Office Evolution
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John Oates / The Register:
Don't touch that Microsoft Security Bulletin email
Discussion: Inquirer
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Ask.com Takes Lead In Designing Display Of Search Results  —  Google and other search companies have made major, continual advances under the hood in recent years, improving the way they gather information.  But less progress has been made in the way these search results are presented to users.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
James Hong:
Reinventing HOTorNOT, Part I  —  Ever since I came back to HOTorNOT in October 2006, people have been asking me what the company is up to.  For the previous 6 years, HOTorNOT had pretty much been steady along the same course: A picture rating site with a dating-like application built on top …
Guardian:
Hanging up on ringtones  —  With the market for downloadable over-the-air content flat, operators and music companies are looking to other ways of making money from mobiles, says Adam Webb  —  Although Apple's iPhone is only released in the US tomorrow, its ringtone has been available …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Hal R. Varian / New York Times:
An iPod Has Global Value.  Ask the (Many) Countries That Make It.  —  Who makes the Apple iPod?  Here's a hint: It is not Apple.  The company outsources the entire manufacture of the device to a number of Asian enterprises, among them Asustek, Inventec Appliances and Foxconn.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
ZOHO OPTIMIZES OFFICE SUITE FOR IPHONE  —  Zoho, the suite of Web-based productivity tools that's often considered the most formidable challenger to Google Apps' domination in the field, has entered the iPhone app blitzkrieg.  It just announced iZoho, a version of its software that's …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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iPhone Blogging for Dollars
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Launch of GNU GPLv3
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Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
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BBC:
Nintendo to open up Wii console
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Pageflakes: The Social Network (Scoop)
Mike M. / Kotaku:
Third Life: Home Beta Updated, Adds In-Home XMB
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Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
BD Association to offer five free BD movies with sales of BD players or PS3
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 Earlier Items: 
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
WirelessHD readies 60-GHz spec
Discussion: Inquirer and dailywireless.org
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Why Corbis' New SnapVillage Stock Photography Agency is a Bad Deal for Photographers
Discussion: Social Media
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First Congressional Facebook App
Sam Huleatt / All Facebook:
Shopping Malls and The Facebook
Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Adds to Cellphone Tracking
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
New MacBook Pros == New 1.3 MP Camera Sensor
Erika Brown / Forbes:
EuroFroth  —  Last month, a couple hundred techies and entrepreneurs …
Discussion: alarm:clock euro