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6:55 PM ET, June 29, 2008

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
10,000 Canadians petition for iPhone rate relief  —  It's taken more than a year for the iPhone to make its way across the world's longest undefended border, which may help explain why so many Canadians are upset this weekend.  —  On Friday, Rogers Communications (RCI) …
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Rogers announces iPhone 3G packages  —  Voice and data plans for Apple Inc.'s much-anticipated iPhone 3G will start at $60 per month when the smartphone hits Canadian stores on July 11, Rogers Wireless said Friday.  —  For $60, consumers get 150 minutes of voice calling …
Discussion: Geek Culture and Digg
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Windows Could Use a Rush of Fresh Air  —  MICROSOFT Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years.  —  Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame.  Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The GOOG->MSFT Exodus: Working at Google vs. Working at Microsoft  —  Recently I've been bumping into more and more people who've either left Google to come to Microsoft or got offers from both companies and picked Microsoft over Google.  I believe this is part of a larger trend especially …
Luis Suarez / New York Times:
I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip  —  EARLIER this year, I became tired of my usual morning ritual of spending hours catching up on e-mail.  So I did something drastic to take back control of my productivity.  —  I stopped using e-mail most of the time.  I quickly realized that the more messages …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Ars Technica digs into iTunes App Store payment rumors  —  Apple's terms for developers who want their iPhone apps to be listed in the App Store have been the subject of much conversation over the last few months.  While most developers agreed that the costs of getting listed in the store …
1938 Media:
Open Letter To Shel Israel - It's Over  —  When I first started my career, you made it a point to bury me online, and more importantly back channel as well.  This is a fact.  You and your crew went out of your way to take food off my plate.  I never forgot that, and now you have something you'll never forget.
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Shel Israel puppet show bites the dust
Discussion: Scripting News
Jesse Robbins / O'Reilly Radar:
The new internet traffic spikes  —  Theo Schlossnagle, author of Scalable Internet Architectures, gave a great explanation of how internet traffic spikes are shifting: … [Link]
epiZENter.net:
Exclusive: The ZEN X-Fi revealed!  —  Since we opened in 2006, we've been the first place to leak just about every player that Creative has released.  We first told you about the ZEN X-Fi a few months back, and now I might have an actual photo of it.  So without further delay, I present to you the Creative ZEN X-Fi:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadgetell
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Third-party tool allows Mac Pro overclocking  —  In a rare example of the PC's performance tuning culture translating to the Mac, a new utility has surfaced that lets Mac Pro owners overclock their systems beyond Apple's official specifications.  —  The German edition of ZDNet has posted …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Smoking Gun  —  As Bill Gates closed the door for the final time Friday on his ex-office (Ballmer takes over Monday) the rhetoric about continued one day a week doesn't match the reality.  Whether you believe Bill will have an ongoing role in Office and Windows futures …
Rob Minto / Financial Times:
Internet address suffix choice expanded  —  Businesses will be free to choose any suffix they please for their internet addresses after a decision yesterday to expand the choices beyond current staples such as “.com”, “.co” and “.org”.  —  The decision by the Internet Corporation …
Discussion: CircleID
 
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