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12:20 AM ET, June 7, 2008

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Decryption / MacTalk News:
What's in the Box?  The 3G iPhone Lands Down Under  —  What's in the Box?  —  The 3G iPhone Lands Down Under?  —  Late yesterday afternoon MacTalk received the above photo from a very reliable source who can not be named for obvious reasons (fear of assassination by the Apple Secret Police I presume).
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing iPhone developers to charge for would-be free apps  —  Developers wishing to release software applications for the iPhone and iPod touch for free are being encouraged by Apple to charge a fee instead, AppleInsider has learned.  —  People familiar with the iPhone Developer Program initiated …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:   Interview: zintin CEO talks iPhone, Android and mobile future
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Inc. Statement on Carl Icahn's Letter of June 6, 2008  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jun 06, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today issued the following response to Carl Icahn in response to his letter dated June 6, 2008:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Carl Icahn lays out 5-point game plan for Yahoo
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
A proposal for Twitter: Shut it down  —  As I write this, Amazon.com, like Twitter, is offline.  Amazon's outage is the big news Friday morning.  But what of Twitter?  —  I used to love Twitter.  But the site's pogo status—it's up! it's down! it's up again!—is driving me away.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
3G iPhone firmware leaked: tri-band HSDPA and GPS are go  —  It's easy to take for granted the 3G iPhone's launch at this point.  After all, Steve said it was “coming later this year,” as did a number of prominent mobile executives.  And then there's been the barrage of carrier announcements …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
R.I.P. SanDisk's TakeTV, Fanfare Shut Down  —  TakeTV, we hardly knew ye.  Unveiled just last October, SanDisk's USB PC-to-TV video device along with Fanfare, its accompanying content portal, were both shut down on May 15th, a SanDisk spokesperson has confirmed.
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Silverlight 2 Beta 2 arrives on time, available now (Updated)  —  As promised by Bill Gates earlier this week, Microsoft has now released Silverlight 2 Beta 2 as a 4.66MB download.  The Silverlight homepage does not yet have the new download links, but as things change (like the Mac installer being posted), this post will be updated.
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Wpfedevcon / Silverlight SDK:
What's new in Silverlight 2 Beta 2?
Discussion: Widgets Lab and WinBeta
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Tells the Washington Post That Print is Toast  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sat down for lunch with editors and reporters at the Washington Post and told them print will be dead in ten years: … I just hope the Post's Website will still be around because it is a great distribution partner for TechCrunch.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits, Bands and Books  —  Do you remember what it was like back in the old days when we had a New Economy?  In the 1990s, jobs were abundant, oil was cheap and information technology was about to change everything.  —  Then the technology bubble popped.  Many highly touted New Economy companies …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Amazon suffers U.S. outage on Friday  —  Amazon.com has been inaccessible to many U.S. visitors since at least 10:30 a.m. PDT on Friday.  —  “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” was the message that appeared when Amazon customers across the country attempted to log on.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Internet Week New York: Men in expensive suits and women in, um, very little  —  NEW YORK—Thus far, my experience with the Internet Week New York party scene has one of dichotomies.  On Wednesday I went from a lively dance floor to a room full of awkward male Kevin Rose groupies.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The Evolution of Pre-Launch Gmail In Screenshots  —  When visiting Google yesterday for the unveiling of Gmail Labs, product manager Keith Coleman took us on a tour of the Googleplex's Building 47.  —  Along the way, we saw Googlers hard at work on Gmail, Reader, Calendar, and other related projects.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia, AMD vie with Intel over USB 3.0  —  AMD and Nvidia aim to wrest control of a crucial PC specification from Intel, arguing that the chip giant is trying to box them out as they move to a new era of faster peripherals.  —  In play is the USB 3.0 specification, a next-generation high-speed connection standard due in 2009.
1938 Media:
1938 Media And c|net Announcement  —  Yeah, I know it's crazy.  Live in a few weeks.  —  UPDATE: To reiterate what I say on the video for the apparent dopes out there.  —  We were not acquired by cnet.  —  I will be writing a column there and 1938 Media will produce 1 video a week for them.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hey Firefox - Let Us Pick Our Own Search Engine!  —  So Firefox 3 has a new release candidate making news, suggesting that the browser is nearly done.  May I suggest that the browser is nowhere near being done until the Mozilla Foundation drops its favoritism to Google and allow users to pick their own default search engine?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Warner Music (WMG) Pulls Out Of Last.fm (CBS)  —  Warner Music Group (WMG) has pulled its catalog out of Last.fm's “on demand” free streaming service, which the CBS-owned service launched to great fanfare in January.  Users can still hear Warner artists via the site's “radio” option, which doesn't allow you to select individual songs.
 
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Edith Honan / Reuters:
T-Mobile sues Starbucks over AT&T Internet deal
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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AppleInsider:
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