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9:30 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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of the $199 iPhone: $10 More Per Month for Data  —  The biggest news from Apple is what Steve Jobs didn't say: It has completely changed the basis of its deals with AT&T and other wireless carriers.  —  According to a press release from AT&T, the carrier will no longer give a portion of monthly usage fees to Apple.
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 …
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.
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
The 3G iPhone: First Impressions  —  I'll have a full, detailed review of the new 3G iPhone in a few weeks, but here are some first impressions based on Apple's (AAPL) announcement today.  —  The Biggest Pluses  —  Speed: Because the biggest problem with the original iPhone was the slow AT&T …
Discussion: BoomTown
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Pricing and Activation Details: $30 Unlimited Data, Activated In Store Only  —  We just talked to AT&T's President of National Distribution Glenn Lurie, who gave us all the pricing and activation details for the iPhone 3G, which won't be getting special treatment anymore.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G hands-on  —  Sorry, we don't have pictures but Apple took us into a dramatically lit back-room to check out the new iPhone 3G.  Here's what you need to know:  — We did a quick data test — at our location we went from 104Kbps on the EDGE iPhone to 215Kbps on the 3G model. 2x ain't bad, yo.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The 3G(PS) iPhone Arrives (See The Video From the Stevenote)
Discussion: CNET News.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone 3G questions unanswered: AT&T subsidy, 3G data price, no video?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T's iPhone 3G subsidy will cost 'em
Discussion: Bits, Crave and Webware.com
Macworld:
WWDC: Apple slashes prices with iPhone 3G, shipping in July
Discussion: contentious.com and PC World
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T remains sole iPhone carrier in US, revenue sharing axed (Updated)
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
3G iPhone First Hands On
Discussion: Infinite Loop and PC World
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Office and iWork viewing, more coming to iPhone in July
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is Steve Jobs sick again, or just thin?
Discussion: Valleywag and Tech Beat
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple lets loose a few small details about Snow Leopard  —  As we reported last week, the next major release of Mac OS X will be called Snow Leopard.  While developers attending WWDC will get details from Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering …
Discussion: One More Thing and PC World
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Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple posts details about Snow Leopard
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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: Medialoper and TeleRead
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   The Kindle: “Looks Like a Million to Me”
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 …
Discussion: The Register and Patent Law Blog
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:   High court rules against multiple royalties
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.
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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