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11:30 PM ET, July 9, 2008

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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
IPhone Apps Likely To Launch Thursday  —  Apple may launch its iPhone App Store Thursday, according to three people who have been briefed on the matter.  —  The online store will open at noon Eastern time, Thursday, to coincide with when the iPhone goes on sale in New Zealand, according to one source.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Notifies Developers: iPhone App Store To Launch Thursday Morning
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
UK Apple Store to sell iPhone 3Gs at launch; activation details
Discussion: CNET News.com and AppleInsider
Canada NewsWire Group:
Calling all iPhone 3G fans!  —  Select Rogers Plus stores to open early coast-to-coast on July 11  —  Launch promotions to include limited time 6GB data offer  —  In anticipation of iPhone 3G launch on July 11, Rogers Wireless today announced plans to open the doors of select Rogers Plus …
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CBC News:
Rogers caves on iPhone pricing, sort of  —  Rogers Communications Inc. has bowed to public pressure and temporarily lowered the price of internet usage on Apple Inc.'s hotly awaited iPhone, which is being released in Canada on Friday.  —  The company will now offer a $30-a-month plan …
Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Rogers blinks on iPhone pricing
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm sailing away  —  My goodness I am so high it's not funny.  Apologies for all the confusion lately and much love to the many folks who have written in asking, Dude, what the hell is going on with the blog?  There's no big scandal or anything.  It's just I tried to add a new permission for …
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Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Needs Music Labels?  Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists  —  Music-streaming service Last.fm is now paying unsigned artists royalties for every song played on its service.  Since the company announced the program last January, 70,000 artists and small music labels have signed up for it and uploaded 450,000 tracks.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm's Indie Talks Stall, Labels Protest ‘Illegal’ Use Of Repertoire
Discussion: Tech Confidential
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro casing design revealed  —  Photos that reveal the industrial design of Apple Inc.'s next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks have been making the rounds on the Internet since late last week, AppleInsider has learned.  —  People familiar with the ongoing development …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked MacBook Pro Casing Confirmed? [Update]
Discussion: Electronista
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
How Youtube Can Fix Their Revenue Problem  —  It appears that Youtube can only monetize about 4pct of its content.  Which leads to the question of “how can Youtube monetize the other 96pct of its content ?”  —  The answer, believe it or not lives within Youtube and begins with another question …
Discussion: Industry Standard
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Push to Sell Ads On YouTube Hits Snags
Jcoyne / John Coyne's Embedded Blog:
It's the End for 3.11!!  —  for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel.  Now we all know that it's been long gone in the standard (retail/OEM) channel …
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:   Windows 3.11 Reaches End-Of-Life (Seriously)
Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008  —  Remarks by Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft  —  SCOTT STANFIELD: I'm Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo.  I bet our business years ago on .NET.  It turns out that was a pretty good idea, because with .NET we now have the ultimate skeleton key.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Next Microsoft enterprise instant messaging/VOIP server: Think 2009
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Ranking  —  In May, Udi Manber introduced our search quality group, the group responsible for the ranking of search results.  He introduced various teams within “Quality” (as we like to call the group) including Core Ranking, International Search, User Interfaces, Evaluation, Webspam, and other teams.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why Microsoft is cutting its Xbox 360 price on Sunday  —  Microsoft's plan to cut $50 off the price of its Xbox 360 Pro video game consoles is all over the web.  The company is expected to announce it will start selling the Pro model for $299 on Sunday, July 13, just before the E3 game show in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Joystiq, Gizmodo and Forbes
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Pro for $299 all but confirmed
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Apple Ups The Ante With 3G iPhone  —  But RIM's almost ready to counter  —  It's been just over a year since the iPhone was released, and Apple (AAPL) is upping the ante in the smart phone wars.  —  We're talking about the release of the new 3G version of the iPhone.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
It's Official: There Is No Bubble  —  Yesterday we analyzed the financials of the 7 publicly traded Internet Big Cos.  There was nothing bubbly there, with an average PEG of 1.4.  —  So the next stop is the “middle 20”.  These are publicly traded web technology stocks with a market cap over $1 billion.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet  —  The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes.  The project, which is still in its initial stages …
Discussion: Ars Technica and GigaOM
download.zonealarm.com:
Workaround to Sudden Loss of Internet Access Problem  —  Date Last Revised : 9 July 2008  —  Overview : Microsoft Update KB951748 is known to cause loss of internet access for ZoneAlarm users on Windows XP/2000.  Windows Vista users are not affected. Impact : Sudden loss of internet access
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology  —  Imagine you could play video games - and immerse yourself in virtual worlds - with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL  •E. And then imagine you could experience and control …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder not quite ready for primetime?  —  That's what one of our RIM ninjas are telling us!  We've got the scoop on the BlackBerry Thunder, and contrary to most reports, we've been told that the unit is nowhere near being able to enter production, let alone being released.
Official Google Docs Blog:
Live blogging with Docs  —  Posted by: Amit Agarwal, a professional technology blogger at Digital Inspiration and an exceptionally creative Docs user … This tutorial will show you how to use Google Docs word processor for blogging a live event - it could be a keynote address or a conference call …
 
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct breaks Best Buy sales record!
Discussion: SlashPhone and Ubergizmo
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
V12 Designs' Dual-Touchscreen Notebook Coming within Two Years
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista Compatibility Center still MIA
Austin Modine / The Register:
Samsung fires up 128GB SSD massive attack
Discussion: CNET News.com
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Storm worm e-mail says U.S. attacked Iran
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
What's next, Google Autos or Google Music?
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How Popular Blogs and Mainstream Media Appear The Same
Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Into thin air — Why Silicon Valley Wi-Fi fizzled
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver SQL Server 2008 in August
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint launching HTC Touch Diamond on September 2nd?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Medialets Launches iPhone Ad Platform: Think DoubleClick for iPhone Apps
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform
Richard Bennett / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's political head-fake
 

 
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