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6:40 AM ET, June 29, 2007


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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Internal Apple Stevenote: iPhone, iPods with OS X, and "off the charts" Macs in the pipeline  —  Apple held a somewhat rare, company-wide virtual meeting with Steve Jobs this morning (11am Pacific Time), wherein Steve Jobs discussed the gravity of the iPhone on Apple's business …
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Trade-Off on iPhone Data Speed  —  On the eve of the Apple iPhone's debut, the top executives of Apple and AT&T today defended their decision to rely upon AT&T's slow Edge wireless data network, rather than a faster network that is less widely available.  —  Early reviews of the iPhone …
USA Today:
Q&A: Apple's Steve Jobs and AT&T's Randall Stephenson  —  With the much-awaited iPhone set to launch Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke with me about the hotly-desired phone.  An edited transcript follows.  —  Q: IPhone Day is finally here.  How do you feel?
Wall Street Journal:
iPhone 'Surfing' On AT&T Network Isn't Fast, Jobs Concedes  —  Apple and AT&T CEOs  —  Say Wi-Fi Gives Boost;  —  Seeing Parallels to Mac  —  In an interview on the eve of the iPhone launch, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and AT&T Inc. CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson addressed concerns …
Think Secret:
Steve Jobs: Free iPhones for Apple employees
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Kent German / CNET   Jobs hints at wireless music downloads on the iPhone
Jasmine France / CNET
The iPod ain't dead yet
Discussion: PC World
Tom Krazit / CNET
Readers consider taking the iPhone plunge
Discussion: Macsimum News
Hypebusting: Facebook has 'thrown the entire startup world for a loop'  —  FROM A FACEBOOK PLATFORM DEVELOPER — I work for a startup in the Valley and have nothing natural against Facebook at all - in fact my team and I have spent every hour of every day for the past four weeks developing …
Facebook is the new AOL  —  Earlier in the week, I made a comment …
Discussion: SMC and Epicenter
Hypebusting: Facebook's 'platform'
Discussion: VentureBeat
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Developers Demand to Spam What's Wrong with This Picture?
Kate / Google LatLong:
It's a click & drag situation  —  Posted by Ryan Sturgell and Barry Brumitt, Software Engineers, Google Maps  —  Can you imagine going back to clicking arrows and waiting for the screen to refresh just to move the map left/right/up/down?  It'd be as big a bummer as going back to 8-track tapes.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Drag Directions in Google Maps
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
MySpace to follow rival's lead  —  MySpace is likely to change its technology strategy to allow other online companies to "plug" their web services directly into its social networking site, according to Chris DeWolfe, one of its founders.  —  The move would mark a new step in the evolution …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First in line  —  When we arrived at the Apple store this morning there was no one in line.  We're still the first two idiots in line.  But it's been good for PR.  We've been interviewed almost constantly since 9:30 a.m.  —  Anyway, we're posting live video and chatting with people from the line over on
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T customers seeing sudden boost in EDGE speeds?  —  Shortly after beginning the shutdown process of AMPS and TDMA networks, and just hours before the launch the EDGE-capable iPhone, a number of users are reportedly seeing dramatic increases in EDGE throughput.
Eric Pooley / Time:
Exclusive: Rupert Murdoch Speaks  —  "They're taking five billion dollars out of me and want to keep control," Rupert Murdoch was saying into the phone, "in an industry in crisis!  They can't sell their company and still control it — that's not how it works.  I'm sorry!"
Anne Broache / CNET
Gonzales: It's time to punish 'attempted' piracy  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales created quite a stir last month when he called for an aggressive rewrite of criminal copyright laws, including prison time for "attempted" copyright infringement, life behind bars for pirated software use …
Inside AdSense:
Referrals 2.0 launches to all AdSense publishers  —  This past March, we launched a referrals beta to test the feature and iron out some wrinkles.  Now that we've finished our testing, we're pleased to announce that referrals 2.0 will soon be available to all AdSense publishers in referrals-supported languages.
Data Junkie: The world map of social networks  —  Click for the full-size version, and the map notes.  —  Let's play global domination.  Here's a map of the world, showing the dominant social networks by country, according to Alexa.  There are way more players than anybody, from a vantage point in Silicon Valley, would expect.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Powerset: The natural language search mashup platform  —  Powerset finally came out of stealth mode tonight at its offices in San Francisco.  The technology is not ready until September, but the company unveiled what it is doing to revolutionize search.  "The patents and technology are locked down …
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Another Court in 2d Cir. Says Buying Keyword Ads Isn't TM Use …
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