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6:10 PM ET, June 25, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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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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)
Tom Whitnah / Facebook Blog:
We're Open For Commentary  —  At Facebook, we're always trying …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and bub.blicio.us
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.
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
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Names Former Bell Canada Exec Pichette As CFO  —  Google's (GOOG) long search for a CFO to replace the departing Geroge Reyes has come to an end: the company this afternoon announced that it named Patrick Pichette to the job.  He starts work on August 1, and will officially take the CFO slot August 12.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Wilts as TechCrunch “Microsoft Takeover!”  Sources Sober Up  —  Anyone else spoken to any Microsoft or Yahoo sources who think the two companies are discussing a full takeover deal?  Everyone we've talked to thinks that TechCrunch's sources must have been drunk.
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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.
Sundeep Tucker / Financial Times:
Virgin Mobile and SK to combine operations in the US  —  Virgin Mobile USA is to acquire the US mobile phone operation controlled by SK Telecom of South Korea, after each side decided to combine their struggling businesses to build scale in the fast-maturing market.
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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
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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.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Plan trips based on likes and dislikes with TripSay  —  This afternoon TripSay, a travel site that's currently in private beta is opening up to a larger group of testers and launching a few new features.  The service will help you figure out places you should go on your vacation based …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Bloggers: Big Media Is Watching  —  As content recognition software gets more sophisticated, expect more copyright-related battles online like the recent AP-blogger flap  —  The Associated Press unleashed a firestorm in the blogosphere earlier this month when it demanded that a political site …
Discussion: Signal to Noise and UMPC Buzz
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Acquires Fabric.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the acquisition of Fabric.com, a leading online fabric store that offers custom measured and cut fabrics, as well as patterns, sewing tools and accessories.  —  This acquisition will enable Fabric.com …
 
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Oracle Blows Past the Street: Investors Have To Be Lovin' It
Discussion: CNET News.com and CNBC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Doesn't The FBI Have More Important Things To Do Than Chase …
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Mosso revamps cloud service tools
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Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
Photoshop expert sings: Ctrl-J, yo!
Joey Celis / Download Squad:
Ubuntu mobile 8.0.4 now available to developers
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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
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Ken Bensinger / Los Angeles Times:
Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 models
Sam Allen / Dot Net Perls:
Firefox 3 Memory Benchmarks and Comparison
Discussion: TechConsumer, Slashdot and WinBeta
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Alex Papadimoulis / The Daily WTF:
The Stalled Server Room
Business Wire:
Lawsuit Filed By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Alleges Google Misapp …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Slashdot
BBC Press Office:
Next generation BBC iPlayer launches
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