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1:05 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.
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.
Josh / Netly News:   iPhone Blogging for Dollars
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple lays down iPhone purchase rules — max 2 per person
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Macworld
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:   Apple Store "Sleepover" for one reason only-to oversee iPhone arrival
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.
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.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google Gets Rocket Scientists on the Cheap: Junk CPMs
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Didn't Someone Tell Feedster They Were Dead?
Discussion: Things That
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?
Think Secret:
Hands-on with the iPhone  —  After sources took the forthcoming iPhone …
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
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
Caroline McCarthy /
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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Zoho tweaks apps for iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News
Staci D. Kramer /
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
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 …
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.
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.
Peter Brown /
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal: 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
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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Nick Carr / Guardian:
Software companies are building their way to a very material future
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Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
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Fed weighs future of contactless payments
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