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8:00 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
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Time to short Apple?  —  Commentary: Functionality of iPhone will be duplicated by others
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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
Linux-Watch.com:
Microsoft Linux-patent FUD seeps into devices  —  Microsoft and LG Electronics, best known for its DVD players, home theater systems, and cellphones, announced on June 7 that they have entered into a patent cross-license agreement to enable LG to use Microsoft patented technology in its product lines …
Discussion: WebProNews and LinuxDevices.com
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Latest Microsoft Linux Deal Less Than Meets The Eye
Discussion: PC World
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Spice up your schedule with the Google Calendar gallery  —  Don't you think that calendars should be more than lists of appointments and meetings?  Well, we think an online calendar should be filled with what interests you most, which is why we just unveiled the Google Calendar gallery.
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.
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
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
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
DigiTimes:
Computex 2007: Intel planning to enter discrete graphics card market in 2008  —  Sources from multiple graphics card vendors have confirmed that Intel has approached them to lay down plans to enter the discrete graphics card market for desktop PCs.  The new products from Intel would be positioned …
Discussion: ChipLand and TechSpot News
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.
Alexander Zaitchik / Wired News:
Soviet-Era Arcade Games Crawl Out of Their Cold War Graves  —  Alexander Stakhanov (left) and Alexander Vucman stand with the digital host of Magistral, one of the first games they repaired.  —  MOSCOW — If American teenagers during the Cold War ever stopped to consider …
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Apple TV: From whence the profits?  —  Will digital content be to Apple TV what ink cartridges are to printers?  —  Analysts are projecting that 1 million Apple TV units will ship by the end of 2007.  But a cost breakdown of the device's hardware and manufacturing indicates Apple may be looking …
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 …
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
PC JOINT:
Falcon Fragbook DRX: I've Got the Power !  —  If you are looking for a really powerful desktop replacement notebook, that can easily beat the performance of most desktop PCs around, look no more.  We found one for you.  —  It's newly updated Falcon Northwest FragBook DRX.  Don't believe me?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Geek News Central
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Converters Signal a New Era for TVs  —  At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, the rabbit ears and the rooftop antennas that still guide television signals into nearly 1 of every 5 American homes will be rendered useless — unless they are tethered to a new device, including two versions unveiled yesterday …
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
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
How to hire the best people you've ever worked with  —  There are many aspects to hiring great people, and various people smarter than me have written extensively on the topic.  —  So I'm not going to try to be comprehensive.  —  But I am going to relay some lessons learned through hard experience …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jobster Now Offers Pay Per Applicant Job Listings  —  Eyebrows were raised when Seattle-based Jobster shredded their business model and moved to free job listings in February.  It was a direct assault on Monster, which charges up to $475 per job listing.  Many of the commenters …
 
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Remote laptop power up? Not anytime soon
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Wireless energy promise powers up
Discussion: Digital World
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Phil Hellmuth Bets on SplashCast
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Why Does HP Software Suck Sooooo Bad?
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Yahoo Messenger Gets V for Vulnerabilities
cellular-news:
SMS Continues as Biggest Messaging Revenue Earner for Operators
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Senators: Companies with "mass layoffs" shouldn't hire more foreign workers
Discussion: PC World
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Rent or Own? The New Cable-TV Dilemma
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Valleywag:
Huffit: Arianna Huffington takes on Kevin Rose
Discussion: PC4Media
TDavid / Things That:
Yahoo management talking like search quitters again, please no more
BBC:
Phone responds to human touch
Discussion: SMS Text News
cic.uiuc.edu:
PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED BETWEEN CIC LIBRARIES AND GOOGLE
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Incuby: Social Networking For Inventions
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Amazon one-click patent extended to gift-giving
Louise Story / New York Times:
Promoting a Thirst for Sprite in Teenage Cellphone Users
Michelle Slatalla / New York Times:
'omg my mom joined facebook!!'