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2:30 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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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 …
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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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Firefox 3 to set download record on June 17?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Macworld
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Firefox Mobile concept flaunted in Mozilla video
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
RepairPal: Yes, your mechanic is ripping you off
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.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Flixwagon Does Live Vidcasting on iPhone  —  Sure, we were a little crestfallen this week when Apple didn't announce a video camera in iPhone 2.0.  But who needs one when the industrious folks at Flixwagon just rigged up the current iPhone for live video broadcasting?  Here's the maiden footage:
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Mobile broadcaster Flixwagon hitches to iPhone
Discussion: Beet.TV
Opera:
Opera redefines Web browsing yet again  —  New Opera 9.5 is beautifully engineered as the centerpiece of a Web experience without boundaries  —  Opera Software today released to the world the final public release of its flagship Web browser, Opera 9.5.  Opera's cross-device expertise …
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Drew Olanoff / Download Squad:
Opera Desktop Browser 9.5 is Final - Take your stuff with you
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Weiner Will Leave Yahoo, but Might Not Be Replaced  —  Jeff Weiner (pictured here), as BoomTown reported in a story broken by BoomTown Tuesday and also yesterday, will be leaving Yahoo (YHOO) to become an entrepreneur in residence at both Accel Partners and Greylock Partners.
Matt Dodd / The iLife:
Live from the 2008 Apple Design Awards (Liveblog and Photos) - WWDC08  —  Since 1996, every year at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has awarded the most innovative Macintosh software and related hardware produced by independent developers with a Design Award.
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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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, broadstuff and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Yahoo Search Partnership Announcement At 1:30 This Afternoon  —  Yahoo and Google will make a joint announcement at 1:30 this afternoon, we've heard from a reliable source close to one of the companies.  What is the announcement?  The very likely answer is, a search partnership between …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Logo Meets Hooters  —  People are always interested in the Google logo especially as they often change it.  But anyone searching now for google logo might get a surprise, as noted by Ari.  As all the relevant images Google could have shown in the top three, Google picked …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments on Pace for 13 Percent Growth in 2008  —  Worldwide PC shipments are on track to reach 297 million units in 2008, a 12.5 percent increase from 2007 shipments of 264 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner analysts have increased their outlook …
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.
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
New kissing robot from Japan  —  Sega Toys today announced [JP, PDF] they will start selling a new humanoid robot in Japan, E.M.A., on September 26th.  E.M.A. stands for “Eternal, Maiden, Actualization” (whatever that means).  —  The robot is supposed to be female and stands 38 cm tall.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and The Raw Feed
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Warner Bros. Loves Joost, TiVo, Veoh, More  —  The Warner Bros. Television Group will be syndicating its television series online with Dailymotion, Joost, Sling Media, TiVo and Veoh.  These are the shows it's bringing out of the archives and producing for TheWB.com and KidsWB.com, like Friends — see our recent beta review.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
App Store has size and price caps, opening with iPhone 3G
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Pauline Askin / eWeek:
Video Game Addicts are Not Shy Nerds
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Phil Wahba / eWeek:
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Gmail.com Domain Made Disfunctional In Germany
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When Micro-blogging Grows Up  —  Will Twitter and other micro …
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ASCII Pronunciation Rules for Programmers
Discussion: Gadgetopia
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Yahoo's Display Endgame: Combine AMP with Right Media
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google CEO details delicate iPhone relationship
David Pogue / New York Times:
An Imitator That Rivals the iPhone
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Congressmen say Chinese hacked their PCs
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Google CEO talks of good, evil and monopoly fears
 

 
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