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9:50 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 …
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.
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: iLounge and Macsimum News
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $100 Million iFund …
Discussion: DailyTech
iPhone SDK exceeds developer expectations
Discussion: Macworld
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone SDK press conference
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Hits The Ball Out Of The Park With iPhone SDK Introduction
Discussion: CNET and Engadget
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   iPhone Getting Multitouch Games, Including Spore
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iPhone SDK, announces push e-mail, Exchange support
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 …
Discussion: The Seattle Times and Tech Tracks
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Live: HP Labs envisions new services, cool tech
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!
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: geeksugar and CrunchGear
ECS launches Asus Eee challenger  —  The G10IL promises HSDPA connectivity for under £250  —  The Asus Eee PC could have a new challenger in the guise of the ECS G10IL.  —  The new sub-$500 notebook will come with a HSPDA 7.2 datacard built-in.  —  Although currently still in production …
Guardian:   Why falling Flash prices threaten Microsoft
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
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.
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.
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