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4:35 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 …
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.
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
iPhone will ship in green packaging  —  Apple's new iPhone 3G will be shipped on July 11 in a potato starch paper tray.  Apple placed an order with Dutch company PaperFoam, which also makes packages for Motorola.  —  The company confirmed this today to Dutch blog Bright.
Discussion: Computerworld and Cult of Mac
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.
Discussion: and NewTeeVee
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Quincy Smith Named CEO Of CBS Interactive, CNET
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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 …
Discussion:, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Leaked Screen Shots Of Mythical Digg Recommendation Engine  —  Update: Overview videos of the new service and a white paper are here.  —  Digg has been talking up a new Recommendation Engine that intelligently suggests new stories to users for almost a year.
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
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!
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo unveils timeline of failed Microsoft talks
Discussion: TG Daily
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's Platform A: We'll pay Bebo, Facebook developers top pennies  —  AOL's Platform A said Monday that it will offer Bebo and Facebook application developers “a guaranteed CPM” for U.S. traffic and says the ad rate is one of the highest in the industry.  —  However, there are a few caveats …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Content management software vendors eye social networking  —  Content management software vendors are pondering social networking features and are expected to collaborate or acquire so-called white label networks to make their enterprise apps more social.  —  That's one of the takeaways from Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst at Forrester.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Software: Here Come The CMS Vendors
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 …
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
PS3 firmware update ratchets up competition with Xbox 360  —  Now you can collect trophies and compare your accomplishments against your friends  —  Bit by bit, the PlayStation 3 is catching up to the Xbox 360, its biggest rival.  —  The Xbox 360, with its one year head start …
Discussion: BBC NEWS and TG Daily
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.
Hilary Goldstein / IGN:
Rock Band 2: The Opening Act  —  We blow the lid off one of the biggest sequels of 2008.  —  Rock Band is ready for a comeback tour.  Today, Harmonix announced Rock Band 2 is set to ship for Xbox 360 this September and PS3 later in the year.  However, the official announcement of Rock Band 2 …
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.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, ReveNews and CostPerNews
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Robert Palmer / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Discussion: Slashdot
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Discussion: Kotaku
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Microsoft seeks next big idea in Cambridge
Roy Mark / eWeek:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphone battle royale: The land grab is good for buyers
Software group to promote Macs in the enterprise
Discussion: Infinite Loop and 9 to 5 Mac
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Goodbye, XP. Hello, Midori
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
No, Mr Kelly, I'm afraid the internet is not as clever as a single (human) brain
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PCs with bigger keyboards