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2:15 PM ET, June 30, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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: Cult of Mac
Jay Yarow / Business Week:
Surge of New Software for the iPhone
Discussion: localmobilesearch.net
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!
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Erin Barker / Contentinople:
Rhapsody: Givin' Away Free Stuff
Discussion: Ars Technica, Business Week and Bits
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 …
Associated Press:
Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers Monday, despite protests from a slice of PC users who don't want to be forced into using XP's successor, Vista.
Discussion: Startup Meme, Valleywag and TechCrunch
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PCs with bigger keyboards  —  Asustek Computer is planning to launch new Eee PC models, the 904 and 905, which have an 8.9-inch panel but use a similar chassis and keyboard as the company's 10.2-inch models, according to sources at channel vendors.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphone battle royale: The land grab is good for buyers  —  Research in Motion misses its first quarter earnings target and cuts its outlook slightly.  Palm has a hit with the Centro, but continues to disappoint.  And Sony Ericsson sees a rough second quarter on “moderating demand of mid …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Quincy Smith Named CEO Of CBS Interactive, CNET  —  CBS completed its acquisition of CNET and chief executive Les Moonves named Quincy Smith, the dealmaker who pushed the acquisition, as CEO of the expanded digital unit.  —  Former CNET CEO Neil Ashe becomes president of CBS Interactive, reporting to Smith (SAI 100 #8).
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
No, Mr Kelly, I'm afraid the internet is not as clever as a single (human) brain  —  Kevin Kelly, one of the people behind Wired magazine, has come up with a stonking idea to follow up from Chris Anderson's (to be honest rather wonky) suggestion that “science is dead because search engines can do it for us” last week.
coderrr:
Detecting SSH tunnels  —  Italian researchers have published a paper on the Detection of Encrypted Tunnels across Network Boundaries.  I came across it in a google search because I've been thinking of writing a program which does something similar.  It doesn't seem like anyone else has picked …
Discussion: Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone in Hong Kong: A bargain at $24 a month  —  Even as Canada's Rogers Communications and Germany's T-Mobile compete to offer the worst voice and data plans for the iPhone 3G, Hutchison Global Communications on Monday unveiled what may be the best.  —  Hutchison (HTX) …
Discussion: AppleInsider
 
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Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
Twitter versus Plurk: Not Even in the Same League
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo unveils its version of timeline of failed Microsoft talks
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Search YouTube for music by artist, album with Jogli
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EMI's ‘New Approach’ To The Internet Looks A Lot Like The Old Approach
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA star leaves to start iPhone games company, Ngmoco
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louisgray.com:
On the Web, If You're Not Growing, You're Dying
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Microsoft seeks next big idea in Cambridge
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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
The Steve Jobs Premium
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Holly Jackson / CNET News.com:
Get a ticket, get a free gadget
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Maps Deal With Tele Atlas
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Encyclopedia Gets New Push From Discovery
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office discovers web forms, online submissions
Discussion: TeleRead
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
First Dash Express Update Issued, Available via WiFi
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Open source router from Netgear offers custom apps and firmware
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Join Together To Head Off Patent Suits