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12:25 PM 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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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mozilla sets release date for Firefox 3: June 17  —  Mozilla is set to release the final version of Firefox 3 next Tuesday, June 17th.  The next generation of Mozilla's web browser has been in development for almost three years, and after countless alphas, betas, and release candidates …
Drew Olanoff / Download Squad:
Opera Desktop Browser 9.5 is Final - Take your stuff with you
Discussion: Mashable!
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox 3 To Be Released On June 17th
Mozilla:
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 3) Release Notes
Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
Mac bug forces Mozilla to Firefox 3.0 RC3
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:   Firefox 3 Available on Tuesday
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 …
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
Discussion: PSFK and geeksugar
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, Apple Gazette, 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
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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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.
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Design Awards winners
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 …
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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: Digg
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
An Imitator That Rivals the iPhone  —  The story so far: Apple introduced the iPhone a year ago, and has sold six million of them.  Then on Monday, Apple unveiled an improved model that brings faster Internet, G.P.S. and a much lower price to an already well-designed device.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Gmail.com Domain Made Disfunctional In Germany  —  Surprise... I usually enter “gmail.com” to jump to my email inbox, but today I'm greeted with the following message after doing so (the message sits at mail.google.com/gmail/):  —  We can't provide service under the Gmail name in Germany; we're called Google Mail here instead.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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
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: Engadget and The Raw Feed
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
EU to ‘guide’ local regulators on digital dividend
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InfoWorld:
Spam-free blog search goes public
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Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
When Micro-blogging Grows Up  —  Will Twitter and other micro …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Yahoo's Display Endgame: Combine AMP with Right Media
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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
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Tara Parker-Pope / NYT:
How Much Radiation Does Your Phone Emit?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
$1.2 Billion For iPhone Apps in 2009. What is Gene Munster Smoking?
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