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11:30 PM ET, March 6, 2008


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Apple Announces iPhone 2.0 Software Beta  —  Includes SDK & Built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync  —  Apple® today previewed its iPhone™ 2.0 software, scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a beta release of the software to selected developers and enterprise customers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Anounces $100 million iFund for iPhone Applications  —  John Doerr took the stage today at Apple's announcement of its iPhone software developer kit and announced a $100 million fund to invest in startups that create apps for the iPhone.  ""I can't wait to see the great new companies that we build together," he says.
Q&A: Microsoft Helps Connect Apple iPhone Users to Microsoft's Exchange Server  —  Terry Myerson, corporate vice president for Exchange, talks to PressPass about the importance of the new agreement between Microsoft and Apple to offer built-in support for Exchange on the iPhone …
iPhone SDK exceeds developer expectations  —  Apple's iPhone SDK offers far more than many developers expected, according to developers that InfoWorld spoke with after the long-awaited SDK unveiled today.  “It looks like this is what everybody wanted,” said Tony Meadow, principal at Bear River Associates …
Discussion: Macworld
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Why Apple's SDK finally justifies iPhone hype  —  Last June, a day after buying Apple's much-hyped iPhone, the first thing I noticed was that the thing wasn't a cellphone.  The iPhone was revolutionary, I wrote then, because it was the first fully-mobile general-purpose computer.
Discussion: eWeek and Macsimum News
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Hits The Ball Out Of The Park With iPhone SDK Introduction
Discussion: CNET and Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone SDK press conference
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
iPhone 2.0: Enterprise Ready. Developer Ready.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CrunchGear
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $100 Million iFund …
Discussion: DailyTech
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting Multitouch Games, Including Spore
Discussion: Gearlog
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
iPhone SDK Available Today for Free, $99 to Publish Your App
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
MIX08 - Steve Ballmer screams “Web developers.  Web developers.  Web developers”  —  On the second day of Microsoft's MIX 2008 conference in Las Vegas for web developers and designers, Rafael Rivera - my liveblogging companion and Bryant Zadegan's cameraman, took the rare opportunity to stand …
Ina Fried / CNET
Ballmer on the hot seat at Mix  —  LAS VEGAS—At Microsoft's Mix conference here Thursday, CEO Steve Ballmer said online advertising is “the next superbig thing” but admitted that the company is well behind Google.  —  “Despite the fact you could say we are not where we'd like to be …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Mix Keynote Two, Live From Las Vegas
Discussion: Mike Stopforth
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google will have 90% search market share in the US one year from now  —  That's an insane prediction I was told, after I made it in front of a half dozen of the most important public market investors in the tech world at a conference recently (think the largest shareholders in Yahoo and Google).
Jonathan Birchall / Financial Times:
Amazon to enter US wine market  —  Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is to start selling wine in the US, entering a business fraught with regulatory complexities and littered with the wreckage of previous failures.  —  Amazon is looking to recruit a senior wine buyer …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The future of social networks: Social networks will be like air  —  On Monday, I gave the kick off speech for the Graphing Social Patterns West conference on the topic, “The Future Of Social Networks” (slides are available on SlideShare, summaries available on, ReadWriteWeb, and allfacebook.)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Social Times
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!  —  Check out this concept mobile phone called the Mooon+.  One too many “o's” in there but I appreciate the clean design.  It's got that big gorgeous touchscreen, sleek design, sexy metal accents, and a digital camera.  So what's the big deal right?
Discussion: CrunchGear and geeksugar
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Updated With New Data and Functionality!  —  We've been working hard all winter long, and today, we've rolled out an update to Yahoo! Maps that delivers a number of improvements including; new neighborhood data, expanded worldwide coverage, and stylistic improvements.
David Hayes /
Analysts say T-Mobile may acquire Sprint  —  Sprint Nextel may be a takeover target, according to one of the nation's largest investment banking firms.  —  Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile and the world's sixth largest phone company, may consider acquiring Overland Park-based Sprint …
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account  —  While many people using Google Apps are already happy users of the “new” version of Gmail (apparently Google doesn't want to call it Gmail 2.0), there are still many users of Google Apps that are stuck on the older version.
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP Revamps HP Labs; Zeroing In On Larger Projects  —  Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is holding an event at its Palo Alto headquarters to focus on a “sharpening” of the focus of HP Labs.  I'll be here with updates on the event, which includes a talk from CEO Mark Hurd.
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