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4:00 PM ET, June 11, 2008

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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.
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: iPhone App Store to open on June 27th
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple: App Store still coming July 11
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
WWDC survey suggests 70% of planned iPhone apps may be free
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
All systems are go for Firefox 3 launch; RC3 needed for Mac OSX only
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
A Nortel Comeback?  Verizon Deal Cheers Stock  —  Update: A Nortel Comeback?  Verizon Deal Cheers Stock  —  Shares of — dare I say it once again?  — “beleaguered” networking equipment vendor Nortel (NT) are up almost 11%, or 88 cents, at $8.99 this afternoon, the biggest gainer …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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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.
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholders push judge for speedier trial date  —  In a move to add more grist to the mill, an attorney representing Yahoo shareholders dished up more material to support a call for a speedy hearing date on the company's controversial employee severance plans, according …
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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD suspends several Phenom desktop CPUs until 45nm generation  —  AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover …
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Drops PowerPC Support  —  LogicielMac publishes a screenshot of the system requirements for Mac OS X Snow Leopard which was seeded to developers this week.  The requirements list the following:  — An Intel Processor  — An internal, external, or shared DVD drive
Discussion: AppleInsider, TG Daily, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Next For Bebo's Founders: Back To Birthday Alarm  —  I had a chance to speak with Bebo co-founder Michael Birch last weekend at the Founders Brunch event at Loic Le Meur's house in San Francisco.  —  It was the first chance I've had to congratulate him in person for the $850 million sale of Bebo to AOL earlier this year.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Steve Poland
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
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile, AT&T, Starbucks Make Nice about Wi-Fi  —  Starbucks informed me that it, AT&T, and T-Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding about the free Wi-Fi kerfuffle: T-Mobile filed a lawsuit a few days ago against Starbucks stating it wasn't involved in discussions …
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
 
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Now Endorsing Apps “You May Like”
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Corn farmers take anti-Google fight to Washington
Discussion: DSLreports
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Turning the TV into a ‘social-media center’
Discussion: NewTeeVee and OStatic blogs
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Markov and You  —  In Finally, a Definition of Programming …
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
How Google Measures Search Quality
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Many TV Viewers Unprepared For Switch
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Auto Industry Revs Up Online Spending
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Hulu.com Streams Viacom's ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert’
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Guardian:
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InfoWorld:
Safari ‘carpet bomb’ attack code released
Darren Herman / CenterNetworks:
Woopra: Where Analytics is Heading
GamesIndustry.biz:
Flagship programmer claims staff are leaving “in droves”
Discussion: Massively, Blue's News and Joystiq
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
FriendFeed openness puts pressure on rivals
Steve Guttenberg / CNET News.com:
Grammy winning record producer says CD quality isn't good enough
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Learning 2.0: The Threat (and promise) of Social Interaction
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