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9:55 PM ET, June 7, 2007

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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Big Will the iPhone Be?  —  The new must-have smartphone may be a $10 billion business—and could send Apple shares even higher  —  Few stocks trade on emotion the way Apple Inc. does.  Its rip-roaring initial public offering in 1980 created the template for modern tech mania, while making Steve Jobs a gazillionaire.
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Jeff Gamet / The Mac Observer:
Analyst: Apple to Sell 45M iPhones in '09  —  Apple's iPhone launch is only weeks away, and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting that will signal the beginning of a skyrocketing climb leading to 45 million units sold in 2009.  For calendar year 2007, he expects Apple will sell 3.2 million units, and 12.4 million in 2008.
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AT&T hiring temps to control iPhone crowds at retail stores  —  Exclusive: Wireless carrier AT&T is taking no chances when it comes this month's Apple iPhone launch and is hiring temporary staff to manage, attend to, and control crowds at many of its 1800 retail stores nationwide.
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Time to short Apple?  —  Commentary: Functionality of iPhone will be duplicated by others
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for June 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: June 7, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: June 12, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of six security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on June 12, 2007.
Leichtman Research Group:
Over Half of U.S. Households Subscribe to Broadband Internet  —  Household Income Still a Key Factor in Broadband Adoption  —  New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) finds that 53% of all US households now subscribe to a broadband high-speed Internet service at home.
Discussion: WebProNews and CircleID
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   53% of US Homes have broadband
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Study: Shoppers will pay for privacy  —  Would you pay a little more for that book you bought online if it meant lowering your chances of being hassled by marketers, spammers and hackers?  —  Carnegie Mellon University researchers believe consumers will pay more per item online to protect …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Americans willing to pay (a little) more for privacy
Discussion: Digital Trends
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's copyright quagmire?  —  Facebook Platform's tremendous growth in popularity over the past few weeks has thrown the company into a thorny legal quagmire concerning copyright and music pirating.  —  The problem began two weeks ago, when Facebook opened Platform to allow applications built by outside developers.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Technosailor
The Steampunk Workshop:
Steampunk Monitor Mod  —  The Steampunk Keyboard looked terribly anachronistic sitting in front of my Dell 1907FP flat panel monitor and while I hesitated to tear open a $300 monitor that was still under warantee, art must be served.  —  Inside I found that the whole thing was encased in steel sheet.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and digg
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
New Webcast Royalty Rules Will Line SoundExchange's Pockets With Billions In 'Administrative Fees'  —  from the there's-greed-then-there's-greed dept  —  There's been plenty of backlash against the new royalty rates for webcasters, set by the Copyright Royalty Board at the suggestion of SoundExchange …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
In a Virtual Universe, the Politics Turn Real  —  The kingdom is in crisis.  After pledging to treat its citizens equally, the government stands accused of unfairly favoring one powerful, well-connected political faction.  Many citizens have taken to open dissent, even revolt, and some are threatening to emigrate permanently.
Macenstein:
Get it while you can: DivX Pro Mac is free, today only  —  For reasons known only to DivX, you can download the pro version of DivX for free, today only.  All that seems to be required is a valid e-mail address to e-mail the serial number to, and you're set.
Reuters:
Bill Gates, Harvard dropout, gets degree  —  Gates, who left the university early to found Microsoft, called 'most illustrious member' of Class of '77.  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) — Bill Gates attended to a bit of unfinished business Thursday.  —  Gates, who dropped out of Harvard …
Discussion: Channel 9
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Phil Hellmuth Bets on SplashCast  —  SplashCast, the Portland-based startup that offers a multimedia Flash player with a number of advanced features for syndication and aggregation, recently scored some angel funding from professional poker celebrity Phil Hellmuth, bringing its funding total …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Wireless energy promise powers up  —  A clean-cut vision of a future freed from the rat's nest of cables needed to power today's electronic gadgets has come one step closer to reality.  —  US researchers have successfully tested an experimental system to deliver power to devices without the need for wires.
Discussion: Digital World
Business Wire:
YP Corp. Acquires LiveDeal and Goes Hyper-Local  —  Creates Revolutionary Integrated Online Local Yellow Pages/Classifieds Marketplaces  —  MESA, Ariz.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—YP Corp. (OTCBB:YPNT), a leading provider of nationwide Internet Yellow Pages and related services with more than 16 …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New YouTube Interface for Embedded Videos  —  Embedded YouTube videos have now received the new interface that had been around for a while, as Daniel Garcia reports in the forum.  For a live sample, have a look at the two promotional videos posted here earlier.
Discussion: Download Squad and JD on EP
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Apple TV: From whence the profits?
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Remote laptop power up? Not anytime soon
PC JOINT:
Falcon Fragbook DRX: I've Got the Power !
1UP.com:
ASSASSIN'S CREED TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
Think Secret:
Brushed aluminum iMac due next week
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Why Does HP Software Suck Sooooo Bad?
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Yahoo Messenger Gets V for Vulnerabilities
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Senators: Companies with "mass layoffs" shouldn't hire more foreign workers
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Latest Microsoft Linux Deal Less Than Meets The Eye
Discussion: PC World
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Rent or Own? The New Cable-TV Dilemma
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
TDavid / Things That:
Yahoo management talking like search quitters again, please no more
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Amazon one-click patent extended to gift-giving
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
How to hire the best people you've ever worked with
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jobster Now Offers Pay Per Applicant Job Listings
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Converters Signal a New Era for TVs
Mark Jewell / Associated Press:
Akamai gives free peek at Internet