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6:45 PM ET, June 30, 2008

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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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digital Daily
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
iPhone will ship in green packaging
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.
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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cbscorporation.com:
Quincy Smith Named Chief Executive Officer and Neil Ashe Named President of CBS Interactive  —  CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of CNET Networks, Inc. and merged its operations into a newly expanded CBS Interactive division.
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: BloggingStocks
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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.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Netflix issues mulligan on profiles, won't eliminate the feature
Discussion: Epicenter and AppScout
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.
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 …
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
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.”
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!
AppleInsider:
Three says Hong Kong iPhone plans to start at $24 per month  —  Hutchison Telecom, which operates the “3"- branded mobile network in Hong Kong, announced Monday that monthly service plans for Apple's iPhone 3G will start at just $24, significantly less than the cheapest plan offered stateside by AT&T.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and IntoMobile
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook's Board Of Directors  —  Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning and the former CTO of AOL, is adding a new notch in his belt: he has joined the board of directors of Facebook, two sources close to the company confirmed to us …
 
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