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3:45 AM ET, June 7, 2008

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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Breaking: Exclusive leaked pics of the iPhone 2!  Thinner design?  Check!  Different colors?  Check!  Video chatting?  Check and check!  —  It wasn't long ago that my inbox was full of screen caps from an image editing program of a new iPod, it was a fat yet small iPod that we now know as the 3rd gen Nano.
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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 …
Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
The importance of AAPL's event on Monday isn't a new iPhone  —  There's certainly been a lot of speculation about what Apple will or will not announce on Monday when Steve Jobs takes the stage at their Worldwide Developers Conference.  (there's also this event going on next week but I don't think anyone has noticed).
Discussion: The Macalope
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Page 2: Possible Photos of 3G iPhone with Video iChat  —  Possible Photos of 3G iPhone with Video iChat  —  A tipster has broadcast claimed 3G iPhone images to a number of rumor and tech sites in the hope of getting their images published:  —  MacRumors, Appleinsider and CrunchGear have all received these photos.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Boy Genius Report
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).
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
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.
Discussion: Silverlight SDK and Widgets Lab
The Official Google Blog:
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish  —  You may have noticed that Google has a new favicon, the small icon you see in your browser next to the URL or in your bookmarks list.  Some people have wondered why we changed our favicon — after all, we hadn't in 8.5 years(!).
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.
 
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Caitlin Fitzsimmons / Guardian:
Wall Street Journal to ditch BreakingViews.com
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Edith Honan / Reuters:
T-Mobile sues Starbucks over AT&T Internet deal
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Fellow from AMD ridicules Cell as accelerator weakling
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Ballmer Tells the Washington Post That Print is Toast
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Yahoo! Inc. Statement on Carl Icahn's Letter of June 6, 2008
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Hey Firefox - Let Us Pick Our Own Search Engine!
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