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5:40 PM ET, June 9, 2008

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th  —  It's been a long, leak-filled wait, but Apple finally took the wraps off its 3G iPhone.  Thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware — Apple's taking a lot of the criticisms to heart from the first time around.
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Teresa Brewer / Apple:
Apple Introduces the New iPhone 3G  —  Twice as Fast at Half the Price  —  Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is 3G Ready for the iPhone Stress Test?  —  In a few hours from now, there is a good chance that as part of The Steve Jobs Show, Apple will introduce a brand-spanking new, 3G iPhone.  It has some folks I know in the wireless world not really looking forward to the big surge of traffic …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
$199 iPhone?  Sure, with a 2-year contract  —  How can they sell the iPhone 3G so low?  You have to sign a 2-year contract.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Business Wire:
AT&T to Offer Next-Generation iPhone on Its High-Performance 3G Network  —  Broadband Speed and New Capabilities Enhance Iconic Mobile Device  —  $199 Starting Price Significantly Expands Mass Market Appeal  —  New Corporate E-Mail and Web Applications Move iPhone Further Into Business Market
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The 3G(PS) iPhone Arrives (See The Video From the Stevenote)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Between the Lines
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone 3G questions unanswered: AT&T subsidy, 3G data price, no video?
Discussion: Engadget
Apple:
iPhone 3G  —  iPhone 3G.  Coming soon to a country near you.
Discussion: CyberNet
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs keynote live from WWDC 2008  —  We're in line at the Moscone Center (which is actually pretty spare at the moment), but it's early.  The media's got a ton of MacBook Airs.  Stay tuned for our live coverage of the event.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Games Begin: Live Coverage Of Apple WWDC Event In San Francisco  —  Update: See Our In Depth Coverage As Well:  —  It's now around 8 am PDT.  We're (Mike and Mark) arriving at Moscone West a couple of hours before the 10 am Steve Jobs Keynote with Matt Hickey from CrunchGear.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Unveils iPhone 3G For $199 at 8 GB; Includes GPS; Available July 11; MobileMe Email Replace .Mac; 6M Sold So Far  —  The time is near.  —  I'm sitting in an exhibition hall at Moscone West in San Francisco, waiting for Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs to give the keynote at the company's 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ars at WWDC '08: Live keynote coverage here!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Says Patent Holders Can't Shake Down Entire Supply Chain  —  The Supreme Court continues to bring a bit of common sense back to the patent system.  While most of the tech world was sitting around paying attention to whatever Steve Jobs has to say this morning …
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:   High court rules against multiple royalties
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone App Store Available in Early July, Loaded with Apps  —  After 250,000 downloaded SDKs, 25,000 official beta developers applicants (only 4,000 accepted), the Application Store is finally coming in July.  And it's going to be full of applications.  —  • Super Monkey Ball.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Harrison Hoffman / Webware.com:   MLB.tv debuts killer iPhone app
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MobileMe announced for iPhones, Macs, and PCs — .Mac is dead  —  The rumors were true, Apple just announced their new MobileMe service.  Push mail, contacts and calendar data all in the cloud and synced back to your iPhone over the air.  Works with the Mac's Mail.app, iCal …
Discussion: Download Squad and VentureBeat
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple makes its play for the cloud: MobileMe
Discussion: Valleywag and TG Daily
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Delicious needs work  —  TechCrunch reminds us that Yahoo said nine months ago that it was working on a new version of Delicious, but we've still seen nothing, other than a hint in January that it might be ready soon and a covert trial.  Delicious founder Joshua Schachter has been moved onto another project, they say.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious 2.0: We've Been Waiting 9 Months
Discussion: TechConsumer
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Nick Carr: Is Google making us stupid?  —  It's not yet on the Web, but the July issue of The Atlantic has an exceptional and provocative article by Nick Carr, asking “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”  It's a riff on Carr's book, The Big Switch (reviewed here), but covers new ground and has me worried.
Rebecca / OUPblog:
Looks Like a Million To Me: How I Realized that Amazon's Kindle and Sony's E-Reader Were Exceeding Sales Estimates  —  By Evan Schnittman … When the Kindle first launched there was plenty of predictions about how it and its predecessor the Sony Reader would sell.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar, Medialoper and TeleRead
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Samsung “Announces” Omnia Cellphone on the Worst Day Ever  —  It's not that the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional-based 3G Samsung Omnia is not a good phone.  In fact, we already knew that it looks very good.  It's just that today, dear Samsung people, today is just not the right day to announce …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and DVICE
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
WiMax patent alliance announced
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World's first internal hard drive with disaster protection
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Silverlight 2 beta 2 - Go Live if you dare
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Teaching Kids To Make Games
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new job, not like the old job  —  Many key moments of my career have soundtracks.
Discussion: The Register
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Jim Cramer: Too Many Me-Toos Trying To Build Next Guitar Hero …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Kaiser Backs Microsoft Patient-Data Plan
Betsy Schiffman / Wired News:
What's Good for Apple Is Better for Everyone Else
Sven Naumann / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Duplicate content due to scrapers
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A whopping $35 million for RockYou's social-network apps
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