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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.4 update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, and 10.5.3 Leopard.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  —  For information about security updates, please see this article.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.4
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T memos detail iPhone 3G unbricking tool, crowd planning, more...  A recent series of internal memos from AT&T to its Mobility staffers reveal a variety of preparatory measures ahead of next month's iPhone launch, including the deployment of an iPhone 3G unbricking tool, ongoing 3G network optimizations …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: half of prospective smartphone buyers eying iPhone 3G  —  In a sign of “unprecedented pent-up demand” for the upcoming iPhone 3G, investment bank RBC Capital Markets says its own proprietary study has revealed that more than half of consumers who are in the market for a smartphone intend …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Unprecedented Pent-Up Demand’ For Apple iPhone 3G, RBC Says  —  More good news for Apple (AAPL) ahead of the 3G iPhone launch, scheduled for next Friday, July 11.  Consumers have “unprecedented” demand for Apple's phone, according to new data from RBC's Technology Adoption Panel.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
iPhone 3G will need ‘unbricking’ when purchased?
Discussion: Network World
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO): Yes, We Blew Microsoft Deal, But Please Don't Fire Us  —  As Yahoo's shareholder meeting looms and Yahoo's stock continues to drop, Yahoo (YHOO) management is pulling out all the stops to try to persuade you not to fire them.  —  The pitch?  This detailed slide show, filed with the SEC.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Board and Investors Burn, While Everyone Else Fiddles
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Finishes Acquisition Of CNET; Leslie Moonves, Quincy Smith And Neil Ashe Address The Troops  —  CBS announced the closing of its acquisition of CNET today.  The deal, first announced last month, will bring CNET under the control of Quincy Smith's CBS Interactive division …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Affiliate Advertising Network, Courtesy of DoubleClick  —  Amazon, watch out.  Earlier today, Google launched an affiliate ad network.  Or, rather, it rebranded Performics, the affiliate ad network that came along with its purchase of DoubleClick, as the “Google Affiliate Network.”
The Register:
An iPhone with a keyboard?  —  It is an article of faith, of course, that whatever Steve Jobs does is right.  And so, since the iPhone currently has no keyboard on it, it must logically follow that it is wrong to have a keyboard, and therefore that Steve Jobs will never produce a version that does have a keyboard.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed iPhone interface  —  We just launched a specialized iPhone interface for FriendFeed.  When you visit friendfeed.com in your iPhone browser, you will get the new interface automatically:  —  For all of you without iPhones, you can check out the site at http://friendfeed.com/i.
Todd / Netflix Community Blog:
Profiles feature NOT going away  —  For users of Profiles, I have good news to report: we will keep the feature with no plans to discontinue it.  —  We were persuaded by the well-reasoned, sincere responses of loyal members who very much value this feature.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Recommendation Engine rolling out this week!  —  We're launching the Digg Recommendation Engine beginning this week.  The feature will be in beta and presented to registered Digg users first, based on a random sampling of logged-in users.  Look for the red beta flag on your Upcoming tab …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA star leaves to start iPhone games company, Ngmoco  —  The iPhone's remaking of the cell phone business is creating opportunities for new start-ups, particularly in the game field.  That's why one of the game industry's leading executives left his job to create Ngmoco, an iPhone game start-up.
Discussion: Kotaku, mocoNews.net and IntoMobile
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RealNetworks.com:
RHAPSODY LAUNCHES “MUSIC WITHOUT LIMITS” INITIATIVE ACROSS WEB, SOCIAL NETWORKS AND MOBILE  —  New Rhapsody MP3 Store Opens Virtual Doors with 100,000 Album Giveaway  —  Rhapsody to Power Full-Song Playback and MP3 Sales for iLike, MTV Networks' Music Group Sites and Yahoo!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
eBay Has To Pay $63m Because A French Court Doesn't Know A Platform From A User  —  A few weeks ago, we pointed out that a French court had made a very bad ruling, blaming eBay for actions of its users.  The case involved the sale of counterfeit goods from LVMH.
Discussion: Ars Technica and BloggingStocks
Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
Twitter versus Plurk: Not Even in the Same League  —  Earlier this month, Plurk was discovered and has had social media addicts abuzz with the “new Twitter clone,” especially as a result of Twitter downtime.  —  After using both closely, the comparison to Twitter shouldn't even be the case.
Royal Pingdom:
Web hosting a downward trend?  —  We noticed an interesting thing the other day while doing some research with Google Trends.  The number of searches in Google for the term “web hosting” has decreased a lot in the last four years.  —  Compared to the high points in 2004 …
 
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Netgear's WGR614L $69 Open Source Router
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Photos?  —  Launched in 2006 as an online extension …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Family Guy creator's sellout to Google almost complete
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
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Youku.com Adds $40 Million
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