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6:20 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
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
John Fontana / PC World:
Microsoft, LG Sign Linux Pact
Discussion: InfoWorld
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Major Webcasters to face billions in new fees?  —  We already know that Webcasters small and large are outraged at the prospect of having to pay higher royalty fees to the music industry, particularly when compared with what is required of their satellite and terrestrial radio counterparts.
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
New Webcast Royalty Rules Will Line SoundExchange's Pockets …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Globe and Mail:
Amateur Internet  — Andrew Keen was online earlier Thursday for an hour to answer your questions on how the Internet is ruining culture.  —  Is the Internet populated by intellectual yahoos and digital thieves?  Is Web 2.0 really a digital recreation of Marxism?
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
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
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.
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 …
cic.uiuc.edu:
PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED BETWEEN CIC LIBRARIES AND GOOGLE  —  A statement from the Director:  —  This partnership between our 12 member universities and Google is unprecedented.  What makes this work so exciting is that we will literally open the pages of millions of books that have been assembled …
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 …
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Incuby: Social Networking For Inventions  —  San Antonio, Texas based Incuby is aiming to build a community where inventors can display their inventions to the general public, entrepreneurs and investors.  —  In developing the site, the team behind Incuby have toured the United States meeting with different inventor groups.
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
Michelle Slatalla / New York Times:
'omg my mom joined facebook!!'  —  I HAVE reached a curious point in life.  Although I feel like the same precocious know-it-all cynic I always was, I suddenly am surrounded by younger precocious know-it-all cynics whose main purpose appears to be to remind me that I've lost my edge.
Discussion: Netly News, WebProNews and Visible Path
Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
FIREFOX 3 ALPHA 5 (GRAN PARADISO)  —  Although it's not intended for public consumption, a new build of Firefox 3 Alpha 5 (code name Gran Paradiso) is available for download from Mozilla.  In this release, add-ons created for Firefox 2 may not work.  For end users, Firefox 2 remains the latest public version.
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 …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Promoting a Thirst for Sprite in Teenage Cellphone Users  —  The Coca-Cola Company is hoping its new mobile site for social networking, Sprite Yard, will become the MySpace of the cellphone world.  —  But some marketing executives say the plan could instead become the BudTV of the soda world …
 
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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
Valleywag:
Huffit: Arianna Huffington takes on Kevin Rose
Discussion: PC4Media
TDavid / Things That:
Yahoo management talking like search quitters again, please no more
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Phone responds to human touch
Discussion: SMS Text News
Billy Berghammer / Game Informer Online:
Harrison, Kaplan And Llewelyn All Departing Nintendo Of America
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The Microtrix  —  You think everything you read about Microsoft is real, but it's not.
Fred / A VC:
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Spice up your schedule with the Google Calendar gallery
Wall Street Journal:
Rivals Answer the iPhone
Discussion: Epicenter and BloggingStocks
Alexander Zaitchik / Wired News:
Soviet-Era Arcade Games Crawl Out of Their Cold War Graves
Mark Jewell / Associated Press:
Akamai gives free peek at Internet