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8:05 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 …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, Engadget and CyberNet
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone SDK press conference  —  9:05AM - Alright, we're here and registered!  We'll be checking in as things get going shortly.  —  9:26AM - It's minglin' time!  The space usually reserved for product demos is hollowed out for the Apple Continental Breakfast today …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iPhone SDK, announces push e-mail, Exchange support  —  Apple bolstered the iPhone's enterprise credentials during today's iPhone Software Roadmap event at its Cupertino headquarters.  Saying that business users were demanding additional capabilities from the iPhone …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple unveils iPhone SDK  —  Apple on Thursday unveiled the iPhone SDK (software development kit) at a special event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple executives said the SDK provides developers with the same tools it uses to develop applications for the iPhone.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $100 Million iFund for iPhone Application Developers  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) today announced the launch of the iFund with $100 million in venture capital to invest in companies developing applications and services for Apple's innovative iPhone and iPod touch.
Discussion: DailyTech
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Why Apple's SDK finally justifies iPhone hype
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   iPhone Getting Multitouch Games, Including Spore
InfoWorld:   iPhone SDK exceeds developer expectations
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Apple finally acknowledges iPhone's Exchange support
Discussion: Out of the Box and Apple 2.0
James Lewin / Podcasting News:   Apple Hits The Ball Out Of The Park With iPhone SDK Introduction
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple iPhone Event
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 …
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).
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.
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360  —  Sony is in talks with console rival Microsoft about offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, according to a senior executive.  —  The Japanese electronics maker has until now touted Blu-ray as an advantage its PlayStation 3 holds over Microsoft's console.
David Carnoy / CNET
Rumors persist on Blu-ray disc drive for XBox 360
Discussion: Electronista
The Identity Corner:
Microsoft acquires Credentica's U-prove technology  —  I am thrilled to announce that Microsoft has acquired Credentica's U-Prove™ technology, together with all of the underlying patents.  Microsoft plans to integrate the technology into Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Cardspace.
Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:   Microsoft to adopt Stefan Brands' Technology
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
YAHOO! GETS UPPER HAND IN M'SOFT FIGHT  —  Your move, Mr. Ballmer.  —  That's essentially the message Yahoo! sent to the Microsoft CEO with its decision yesterday to extend the March 14 deadline to nominate directors to its board.  —  And if Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang thought his famously fiery counterpart …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Death Threats, Intimidation, and Blogging  —  I miss Kathy Sierra.  —  Kathy was the primary author of the Creating Passionate Users blog, which she started in December 2004.  Her writing was of sufficient quality to propel her blog into the Technorati top 100 within a year and a half.
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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Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!
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Police crack down on alleged product pirates
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Denver airport censors free Wi-Fi network
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Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account
Discussion: Computerworld
David P. Hamilton / VentureBeat:
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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's YouTube To Power Other Video Sites?
Discussion: Mashable!
Ex-Game Rater Dishes the Dirt... ESRB Boss Fires Back
Discussion: Joystiq, Destructoid and Kotaku
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
CBS' Smith still has faith in Joost, won't rule out Hulu
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
RIM targets consumers with multimedia offering
Discussion: Crave and Bloomberg
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