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2:00 PM 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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray's newst attack on HD DVD: 5 movie freebies  —  The Blu-ray Disc Association is going for HD DVD's throat with a new promotion announced this week that will give purchasers of new Blu-ray players five free Blu-ray movies.  Any Blu-ray player is eligible, including the Sony PS3.
Discussion: DailyTech
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Video Business Online:
Warner's Total HD delayed until 2008
Discussion: Engadget and DailyTech
Josh / Blu-ray.com:
Five Free Blu-ray Movies with Purchase of Player
Discussion: Gearlog
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
AMD Announces ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 2400 Series  —  AMD occupies the $50-to-$149 price points with new value and mainstream offerings  —  AMD today announced the ATI Radeon HD 2400 and HD 2600 series graphics cards, over a month after the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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AMD:
AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 and ATI Radeon&trade …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Let's Kill Dave!:
Penny Arcade's Jerry "Tycho" Holkins gripes about Microsoft blogging, I respond...  In today's Penny Arcade, you put the screws to us Microsoft bloggers (in the gaming business), by saying, "Microsoft's marketing isn't slimy, it's just bad. … As one of those bloggers …
Discussion: Epicenter
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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 …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Zoho tweaks apps for iPhone
Discussion: Download Squad and Macsimum News
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 …
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.
live.psu.edu:
Branding matters — even when searching  —  University Park, Pa. — Web searchers who evaluated identical search-engine results overwhelmingly favored Yahoo! and Google, providing evidence that branding matters as much on the Internet as off, according to a Penn State study.
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?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: NBCU-NWS JV Gets CEO—Former Amazon Exec Jason Kilar  —  This just in ... NewCo finally has a CEO.  Former Amazon exec Jason Kilar starts work July 9.  Kilar was at Amazon for nearly a decade, writing the business plan (or says the release) for Amazon's entry in to video and DVD sales.
Discussion: CinemaTech
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
IBM Study: Online multiplayer games build business leaders  —  Hmmm, which would you choose?  —  Sitting in a dreary classroom to bone up on an MBA, or stretched out in an easy chair honing your business leadership skills while engaged in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMPORG)?
Discussion: Between the Lines
Peter Brown / lists.gnu.org:
Launch of GNU GPLv3  —  On Friday, June 29, at 12 noon (EDT), the Free Software Foundation will officially release the GNU GPL version 3.  Please join us in celebration as we bring to a close eighteen months of public outreach and comment, in revision of the world's most popular free software license.
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.
Business Week:
Q&A with Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini  —  The founder of Apple's Human Interface Group explains why he thinks the iPhone will be a hit—and why Apple is so far ahead of the industry's other "giant noninnovators"  —  Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini is pretty familiar with the ways of Apple (AAPL).
Discussion: MacUser, Macsimum News and MacDailyNews
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
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
 
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Nielsen Expands Mobile Measurement
Discussion: alarm:clock
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Buttons, Buttons — Let's Clean Up The Feed Buttons!
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Sun debuts two-petaflop "Constellation" supercomputer
Discussion: Slashdot
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Skype on the Nokia N800: it's alive, it's ALIVE!
Nick Carr / Guardian:
Software companies are building their way to a very material future
Discussion: Techdirt
CNET News.com:
Solving the Web security challenge
Discussion: InfoWorld
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Social sites battle for new users
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Welcome to Planet Apple
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Styponias to lead Microsoft biz team
Discussion: paidContent.org
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google Desktop released for Linux
Discussion: Computerworld
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Fed weighs future of contactless payments
Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Pageflakes: The Social Network (Scoop)
James Hong:
Reinventing HOTorNOT, Part I