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11:30 PM ET, June 30, 2008

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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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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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Board and Investors Burn, While Everyone Else Fiddles  —  Could Ross Levinsohn and Jon Miller reinvent Yahoo (YHOO)?  What about OpenTable's Jeff Jordan?  Or various and sundry Google (GOOG) or Microsoft (MSFT) execs?  —  It could happen.  —  That specific scenario of putting someone …
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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.
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.
Nate Westheimer / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Twitter Could Be Worth A Billion In A Year  —  Twitter's not going to make their money with advertising.  So how can they be a Billion Dollar Company in a year?  —  Twitter should take full advantage of their messaging platform, user base and user disposition to lead in the P2P mobile payments space …
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.”
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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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Slide And Vh1 Team Up To Annoy The Hell Out Of You  —  Slide and Vh1 excel at making products geared towards America's lowest common denominator.  The first makes SuperPoke, a popular social network app that lets you send text messages saying you've done “stuff” to your friends.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Slide's SuperPoke is coming to VH1
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers  —  Added comment from one of the bloggers who was shut down by Google.)  —  Did Google use its network of online services to silence critics of Barack Obama?  That was the question buzzing on a corner of the blogosphere over the last few days …
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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
More Than 1 Million Entrepreneurs Have Made Microsoft Office Live Small Business One of the Fastest Growing Web Services  —  More small-business owners are recognizing the need for a Web presence in today's digital world.  —  Microsoft Office Live Small Business (http://www.smallbusiness.officelive.co m) …
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.
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp Consolidates All Fox Interactive Employees Into New Facility
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PC World:
Companies Join Forces to Promote Macs in Enterprise
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Netgear's WGR614L $69 Open Source Router
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Yamaha intros YSP-3050 Digital Sound Projector
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Photos?  —  Launched in 2006 as an online extension …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Rotting At The Core  —  Forget Ukrainian hackers.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Family Guy creator's sellout to Google almost complete
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1938 Media Inks Verizon Deal, CNET Gets Cold Feet
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