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2:00 PM ET, June 11, 2008

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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
And, The Really Big Thing About The New iPhone Is...  GPS.  Geo-anything.  Location based services.  —  Now that the dust over the iPhone 3G launch has settled, it seems that people have divided into two camps; one is welcoming the new features, claiming that the perfect phone just got more perfect …
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Introduces iPhone 3G Videoconferencing Kit, ZOMG!  —  Those of you complaining about the lack of front camera and videoconferencing in the new iPhone, stop saying words.  This July 11 you will be able to buy the Apple Videoconferencing Kit for iPhone 3G at just $29.
Discussion: I4U News, PalmAddicts and GottaBeMobile
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Google Co-Founder Books a Space Flight  —  Space tourists are getting their own ride.  Space Adventures, a Virginia company that arranges passage for wealthy explorers to ride on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station, plans to buy a Soyuz flight all its own in 2011, with the option of buying more.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Glassdoor, Find Out How Much People Really Make At Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, And Everywhere Else.  —  The idea behind Glassdoor is simple: You tell me your salary, and I'll tell you mine.  The stealth startup, which raised $3 million from Benchmark Capital last March, just went live.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Whither Weiner  —  Yesterday, writing about executive stress at Yahoo, BoomTown posted about the swirling speculation around the fate of Jeff Weiner, the Network division EVP, who many at Yahoo (YHOO) think will soon be headed out the door after his recent paternity leave of four weeks.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store could emerge as $1.2B business by 2009  —  Investment bank Piper Jaffray is urging investors who typically focus only on Apple's hardware announcements to also pay attention to the company's iPhone software strategy, particularly its upcoming App Store, which could balloon into a $1 billion market by next year.
Junko Yoshida / EE Times:
The truth about last year's Xbox 360 recall  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Microsoft Corp. announced a mammoth global recall of its Xbox 360 a year ago, the software giant never disclosed the exact source of the game console's heat problem that led to the fiasco.
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Learning 2.0: The Threat (and promise) of Social Interaction  —  The mere threat of social interaction changes our behavior...if you know your work is going to be put on public display, you'll be much more motivated to make it good.  —  There is a moment in every blogger's life when they realize that yes …
Discussion: TechTicker
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   LearnHub Relaunches Its Social Learning Network
InfoWorld:
Microsoft testing prototype of Facebook-like social network  —  At the request of its SharePoint and Office product development teams, Microsoft 's Office Labs operation has created and is testing a prototype of an internal social network that can provide employees with feeds and updates about their colleagues.
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Firefox 3 gets a third release candidate  —  If you were planning to host a Firefox 3 launch party this week, keep that bubbly on ice a bit longer.  —  Mozilla is expected to release Firefox 3 Release Candidate 3 perhaps later today.  Windows and Linux users won't feel a thing; the new browser is considered stable on those platforms.
Discussion: Gadgetell
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
All systems are go for Firefox 3 launch; RC3 needed for Mac OSX only
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
CDs Have Another Thing To Fear: Vinyl?  —  There has been no doubt that CD sales have been declining due to the growth of digital music.  Well, CDs are now being flanked by an old format: vinyl.  Although vinyl LPs have always enjoyed a niche popularity with dance djs and indie rock fanatics …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Steve Guttenberg / CNET News.com:
Record producer says CD quality isn't good enough  —  Producer T Bone Burnett talked passionately about sound quality, or lack thereof on a radio program, Soundcheck, from WNYC on Monday.  Burnett produced Robert Plant and Allison Krauss' awesome Raising Sand CD; the O Brother …
Discussion: mediasearch.wnyc.org
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu.com Streams Viacom's ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert’  —  Move represents a stamp of approval for Hulu's model — and a blow to YouTube  —  NEW YORK Viacom has struck its first deal with Hulu to distribute content from its family of cable networks, specifically Comedy Central's The Daily Show …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and WebProNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Metallica to bloggers: don't review our music  —  Given all that Metallica has done, said, and been through in the last 20 years, what could they still do that would lead bloggers to ask, “What the hell is wrong with Metallica?”  In this case, the answer is fairly pedestrian but still dumb: censor bloggers.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
iPhone as platform = cha-ching  —  My friend and fellow mesh 2008 organizer Mark Evans has a post about the iPhone and how it is just one part of a “razor and blades” market model — i.e., the carriers subsidize the phone as a lure, in order to sign you up for long-term contracts at usurious rates.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Mark Evans
GamesIndustry.biz:
Flagship programmer claims staff are leaving “in droves”  —  Guy Somberg, an audio and gameplay programmer at Flagship Studios, has said that staff are leaving the Hellgate: London developer “in droves”.  —  He says that poor sales of the EA published game, and negative consumer feedback …
Discussion: Massively, Joystiq and Blue's News
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
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Discussion: Podcasting News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Business Wire:
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M-One / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
New Walkman Clamshell Codenamed Alicia
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
FriendFeed openness puts pressure on rivals
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Disney busts out of iTunes ghetto, tries on-demand experiment
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft helps launch Zignals, another stock-trading site
Discussion: Startup Meme
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
‘Fifth Major’ Label Merlin Finally Bears Down On Subscription Music Services
Discussion: Variety and Ars Technica
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
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