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12:10 AM ET, July 10, 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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Daniel Langendorf / last100:
What's in store for the Apps Store: third-party applications …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Cult of Mac
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fake Steve Jobs calling it a day
Discussion: Gizmodo
Damon Darlin / Bits:
Goodbye, Fake Steve Jobs
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
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 …
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)
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.
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Leaked Sprint roadmap reveals slew of releases through September?  —  Though the document doesn't exactly look magazine-quality, this is a case where we'd argue that it doesn't have to be to be real; it's clearly for internal use only, for one thing, and secondly, we don't know where else …
Discussion: SlashPhone and Unwired View
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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.
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.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Are you really serious?
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, Forbes and Gizmodo
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.
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
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
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Look: OpenMoko's Linux-based open smartphone platform  —  Penguin calls  —  Last Friday, OpenMoko launched its highly anticipated FreeRunner smartphone, a Linux-based handset that's completely open in both hardware and software, and is designed to encourage third-party modification and customization.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Sells Out The Country: Approves Telco Immunity
Discussion: TechCrunch
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Google Analytics under investigation by German privacy officials
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TheWB Boldly Announces Site Additions
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Lively FAQ
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
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UK Apple Store to sell iPhone 3Gs at launch; activation details
Discussion: CNET News.com and AppleInsider
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How Youtube Can Fix Their Revenue Problem
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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
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