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8:55 PM ET, June 7, 2008

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Loads of fake Apple shots hit the web: 3G iPhone pre-WWDC edition  —  It's a few days before a big Apple event, and you know what that means: a ridiculous amount of really bad fake Apple product shots.  Actually, you have to hand it to this first guy, pictured above.
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Financial Times:
Apple relents on iPhones subsidy  —  By Andrew Parker in London, Paul Taylor in New York and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  The new version of the Apple iPhone is set to be sold at significantly lower prices than the existing one, in a tacit acknowledgement by the US technology company …
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
Those Intense iPhone Users
CNN:
Patent Filing Lays Out What's Next For IPhone
Discussion: The Macalope
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Sues Starbucks Over Free Wifi  —  What do they say - one man's meat is another man's poison.  Looks like that was for T-Mobile USA that has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks, which had recently switched over from T-Mobile to AT&T.  —  AT&T offering free WiFi at Starbucks locations …
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Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile sues Starbucks over Wi-Fi deal  —  T-Mobile USA is suing Starbucks, accusing the coffee behemoth of a breach of contract by allowing AT&T to provide customers with free Wi-Fi access in its cafes.  —  In a complaint filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan …
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Our New Social Media Deals Report: Charting VC and M&A Deals Over the Last Year  —  Nearly two years ago we had our first Social Media Deals Report in which we recounted the social media VC and M&A deals in various categories of the social media sector.  Because we've had numerous requests …
Discussion: Darren Herman
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Amazon Went Down, and Why It Matters  —  Amazon.com's U.S. retail site became unavailable around 10:25 AM PST, and now appears to be back up.  Amazon's not naming names — all that director of strategic communications Craig Berman would say was that: “Amazon's systems are very complex …
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Mark Hachman / AppScout:
Rumor: Amazon Hit With Denial-of-Service Attack, Again
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Tom Morris:
Can DataPortability.org become any more irrelevant?  —  Can DataPortability.org become any more irrelevant?  2008-06-07T15:20:44Z  —  First, some links to people who've been discussing DataPortability: Eran Hammer-Lahav (and an earlier mailing list post), Dave Winer and Scott Kveton.
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Should Open Up Apple TV  —  Apple TV is seen by many as a technology also-ran.  —  \While it's sold several million units, it's missing that certain something that would turn the device into a hit, like the iPod, the iPhone, or even Apple's notebook computers.  —  Apple TV is perfectly positioned to take off.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Will We See an Apple TV SDK at WWDC? Eventually, Yes
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Tangos / China Web2.0 Review:
QQ To Compete With Xiaonei.com  —  Today, QQ soft launches a new service called QQ Xiaoyou, which is a social networking service targeted at students in universities and high schools.  Actually, Xiaoyou is the Chinese Pinyin for alumni.  Currently, only invited QQ users are allowed to test the service.
Discussion: Mashable! and Pulse 2.0
APC:
Router crashes blamed on Windows XP SP3 … Broadband modem/router maker Billion says XP SP3 has been causing its BiPAC 5200-series routers to go into a constant crash and reboot cycle.  —  The company has produced firmware upgrades that solve the problem.
Discussion: Slashdot
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
An interview with 280 North on Objective-J and Cappuccino  —  As I say in this podcast interview, I got an early look at 280 Slides the application that launched yesterday to much acclaim.  People are calling it “Keynote on the Web”, which the team finds very humbling, and hope …
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
AT&T Embraces BitTorrent, May Consider Usage-Based Pricing  —  AT&T's new chief technical officer, John Donovan, wants you to know that his company does not, under any circumstances, slow down BitTorrent users or throw other monkey wrenches in the operation of specific applications.  —  “No. Never have.
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Holly Jackson / CNET News.com:
British ISP, recording industry warn illegal downloaders
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Keep It Short, Make It Instant
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Rodale's Ostroff Exits; Zinczenko, Michaelson, Others Promoted
Mark Danks / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation-edu  —  The games industry is always on the look …
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Could Facebook Be the New Ning?  —  Earlier this week something …
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Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
Thermalright's computer case is basically a huge radiator
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Caitlin Fitzsimmons / Guardian:
Wall Street Journal to ditch BreakingViews.com
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