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11:05 AM ET, June 12, 2008

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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Coming Tuesday, June 17th: Firefox 3  —  Whenever we're asked “when is Firefox going to be released” we endeavor to answer to the best of our abilities, but the truth of the matter is that we'll only ever ship “when it's ready”.  We have a lot of indicators that help us understand when the product …
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Third Firefox 3 Release Candidate available for download
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G's True Price Compared  —  Ever since Apple announced that they're cutting $200 from the iPhone's price and lowering the iPhone 3G down to $199, people have been rumbling about how the increased AT&T data plan price negates any savings you get up front on the phone.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Engadget and Digg
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google CEO talks of good, evil and monopoly fears  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt on Wednesday detailed his theory of competition in the Web industry while saying Google's famous mantra of “Don't be evil” is often misunderstood.
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google CEO details delicate iPhone relationship
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
RepairPal, It's Like Google Health for Your Car  —  Going to the mechanic is like going to the doctor.  When something needs to be fixed, for most people there is no easy way to tell if they are being charged the going rate or are being ripped off.  Enter RepairPal, a new site launching publicly today …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Instinct Doesn't Ring True as an iPhone Clone  —  The parade of iPhone lookalikes continues.  Soon after Apple announced the first iPhone a year ago, factories in Asia, at the behest of U.S. phone carriers, were asked to respond to the sleek, touch-screen device.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
An Imitator That Rivals the iPhone
Discussion: The Praized Blog
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  It seems that word has started to leak out, so I might as well remove any speculation or ambiguity.  In the next few weeks, I'll walk the halls at Yahoo! as an employee one last time and turn in my purple badge.  After 8.5 years of service and a better experience …
Nick Knupffer / Technology@Intel:
USB 3.0 for the masses - Dispelling the myths.  —  There has been a lot of unanswered speculation recently regarding USB 3.0 and Intel's involvement; I thought it was about time to set the record straight.  By the way: USB 3.0 will be a new wired USB standard - operating at faster speeds than previous USB generations.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Seawolf 9110 Joins the Pack, Javelin, Aurora and Thunder throw a party  —  It almost seems like we're unearthing a new BlackBerry model every week.  There were a number of doubters on the internet when we first posted news of the BlackBerry 9100 and external display.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
A Flashy Facebook Page, at a Cost to Privacy  —  Add-Ons to Online Social Profiles Expose Personal Data to Strangers  —  Facebook fanatics who have covered their profiles on the popular social networking site with silly games and quirky trivia quizzes may be unknowingly giving a host of strangers an intimate peek at their lives.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
$1.2 Billion For iPhone Apps in 2009.  What is Gene Munster Smoking?  —  I am as much an iPhone cultist as the next guy, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is taking this cult thing a little too far.  He estimates that by the end of 2009 there will be 55 million iPhone users …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Centro heads to Verizon, in stores tomorrow for $99  —  Come on, T-Mobile, all we need is you to get on board now and that'll make a perfect Yahtzee! for Palm with its surprise hit, the Centro.  Thanks to Verizon's expected announcement today, the top three US carriers now carry …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Congressmen say Chinese hacked their PCs  —  Dissident locations, other sensitive data intercepted  —  Lawmakes are urging everyone on Capitol Hill to have their computers checked for malware after discovering that people working from inside China hacked into multiple congressional machines …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:   Chinese suspected in Capitol hacking cases
Aza Raskin / Aza's Thoughts:
Firefox Mobile Concept Video  —  Firefox is coming to mobile.  The innovation, usability, and extensibility that has propelled Firefox to 200 million users is set to do the same for Firefox in a mobile setting.  —  User experience is the most important aspect of having a compelling mobile product.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs: it's time we design our own iPhone and iPod chips  —  The market potential for proprietary mobile processor designs from chip makers like Samsung Electronics and Intel Corp. were dealt a considerable blow earlier this week when Apple chief executive Steve Jobs revealed that his company …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Apple putting PA Semi talent to work on iPhone chip
Drew Olanoff / Download Squad:
Opera Desktop Browser 9.5 is Final - Take your stuff with you  —  Just a day after launching a release candidate of Opera 9.5, the Opera team has pushed out the final version of their new desktop web browser.  —  Opera is all over the place with their releases, and focuses as well.
Discussion: Mashable!
Tara Parker-Pope / NYT:
How Much Radiation Does Your Phone Emit?  —  The technology news site CNET has compiled two interesting lists showing which cellphones give off the most and the least radiation.  —  In publishing the information, CNET editors note the data aren't meant to imply that cellphone radiation poses a risk …
Discussion: textually.org
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
ASCII Pronunciation Rules for Programmers  —  As programmers, we deal with a lot of unusual keyboard characters that typical users rarely need to type, much less think about: … Even the characters that are fairly regularly used in everyday writing — such as the humble dash, parens …
Discussion: Gadgetopia
 
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Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
When Micro-blogging Grows Up  —  Will Twitter and other micro …
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Design Awards winners
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Discussion: New York Times
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Moral Obligation To Newspapers: Help Both Sides Be Better Off
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Yahoo's Display Endgame: Combine AMP with Right Media
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Casino debuts new touch-screen bar table
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patent brings Miss Manners into the digital age
Discussion: Technology Live and Slashdot
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Online:
Cogent throws down pricing gauntlet
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Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Video: Robotic Hand Uses Shark-like “Sixth Sense” to Find Its Grip
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Are members BlackBerry addicts?
BBC:
Experts question BT's fibre trial
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Radio Royalty Wars Heat Up Again
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
OpenSocial Updates: hi5, AOL, MySpace and imeem
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google menaces blog over publishing YouTube contract
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Malware Silently Alters Wireless Router Settings
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
More spammers now selling semi-real stuff
Discussion: The Register
 

 
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