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10:40 PM ET, June 25, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Secure data wipe built into iPhone Software v2.0  —  Responding to concerns over the integrity of the iPhone's data reset methods, Apple has taken the extra step and built a more secure data wipe function into the next version of the handset's software, AppleInsider has learned.
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Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Golden Master Could Hit this Friday  —  According to a sources inside the Cupertino's iPhone software development effort, it is “highly probable” that the iPhone 2.0 Golden Master will hit this Friday.  The final version could arrive two weeks before the introduction of the new iPhone 3G …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple memo coaches employees on iPhone 3G launch questions  —  Apple Inc. is distributing to its retail and sales personnel an internal iPhone 3G Frequently Asked Questions document which implies that first-day sales and activation procedures are still being ironed out.
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MacNN:
Telefonica: 300,000 iPhone 3G pre-orders
Discussion: MacBlogz
Business Wire:
Bell Canada Executive Patrick Pichette to Join Google Executive Team  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced that Patrick Pichette will be named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Most recently, Mr. Pichette served …
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft's Yahoo strategy: Betting on Yang  —  As Yahoo continues to hammer out plans for a corporate reorganization, Steve Ballmer is still eying a possible search deal.  —  While Microsoft has “no interest” in buying all of Yahoo, top management is still contemplating whether to go back to Yahoo …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Do you need to be a programmer to run a software company?  —  The parade of articles and blog posts on Bill Gates' legacy continue to roll out as Gates' last day as a full-time employee (June 27) rapidly approaches.  —  Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Fog Creek Software — and a one-time member …
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Joel Spolsky / Inc.com:
How Hard Could it Be?: Glory Days
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft  —  In a letter to shareholders that reminds me of the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang explain why it chose a search deal with Google over Microsoft.
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports First Quarter Results  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported first quarter results for the three months ended May 31, 2008 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
RIM hammered on forecast for current quarter
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook adds to the chatter with Mini-Feed comments  —  Facebook will soon be making it possible for members to leave comments on each others' “mini-feeds” of activity, according to an announcement Wednesday from the social network.  The development is slated to go live later on Wednesday.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Mini-Feed Comments Today (Updated Screenshot)
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
T-Mobile's Home Phone Service Puts Vonage In Crosshairs (VG)  —  T-Mobile's latest move: Rolling out its “@Home” Internet phone service across the country on July 2.  The wireless company's offer to its subscribers: If you buy a special $50 Internet router, you'll be able to use …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and TG Daily
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louisgray.com:
Smart People, Stupid Tweets.  Fake News Spreads Fast on Twitter.  —  The combination of a rush to publish and a low barrier to entry for microblogging makes posting quick notes to Twitter extremely tempting for people who are trying to break news.  In seconds, a rumor can be launched, whether true or not, and hit thousands.
Discussion: WinExtra, SheGeeks, Profy.Com and Web Scout
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Starbucks (SBUX) Dumping CDs, iTunes Gift Cards (AAPL)  —  Starbucks, which has been scaling back its once-grand ambitions to turn itself into an entertainment hub, is about to shrink its plans yet again.  We hear that by September, the chain will have dumped almost all of its in-store music retail offerings.
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
I'm sticking with Windows XP  —  You've heard it all before — the bell tolls for Windows XP.  The governor isn't calling to give it a reprieve — Microsoft is officially declaring it end of life for system OEMs on June 30.  On April 14, 2009, mainstream support dies.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold delayed on AT&T until at least mid-August!  —  We know what you're thinking... but this is for reals!  We've just confirmed this now with two high-level sources: the Bold is actually delayed until August on AT&T. It seems like AT&T and RIM are still having software issues with battery life and overheating.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Et Tu, Intel?  Chip Giant Won't Embrace Microsoft's Windows Vista  —  Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Doesn't The FBI Have More Important Things To Do Than Chase Down The Guy Who Leaked The New Guns N' Roses Album?  —  There's this whole “war on terror” thing going on out there, and you'd think that folks in the FBI would be pretty busy taking care of their role in that.
Discussion: Listening Post
 
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Stephanie Clifford / Bits:
Publicis Launches Digital Media Initiative and Shakes Up Leadership
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Craigslist to surpass eBay in 2009?  Compete and Quantcast seem to think so...
Santa Ana / Business Week:
OC Register to outsource some editing to India
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
American Airlines Testing In-Flight Broadband
Keith Regan / E-Commerce Times:
Charter Scraps User-Tracking Plan After Privacy Outcry
Discussion: eWeek, Epicenter and Computerworld
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Yahoo swats serious cross-site scripting bug
Discussion: The Register
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Oracle Blows Past the Street: Investors Have To Be Lovin' It
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Business Wire:
Amazon.com Acquires Fabric.com
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Mosso revamps cloud service tools
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
Photoshop expert sings: Ctrl-J, yo!
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Performance and reliability update for Vista SP1 released
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
SLS and PhotoZoom updated to Silverlight 2 Beta 2
Discussion: LiveSide
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Hands-on with Boxee: A gorgeous social-media viewer [Video]
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Bloggers: Big Media Is Watching
Discussion: Signal to Noise and UMPC Buzz
 

 
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