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10:05 AM ET, June 27, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
The iPhone Is Breakthrough Handheld Computer  —  One of the most important trends in personal technology over the past few years has been the evolution of the humble cellphone into a true handheld computer, a device able to replicate many of the key functions of a laptop.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype  —  Talk about hype.  In the last six months, Apple's iPhone has been the subject of 11,000 print articles, and it turns up about 69 million hits on Google.  Cultists are camping out in front of Apple stores; bloggers call it the "Jesus phone."
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
First Look: Test Driving the iPhone  —  A first look at the most eagerly anticipated gizmo ever.  —  A couple of weeks ago I went to Pittsburgh for what I thought would be a day trip.  Since I was headed back that evening, I didn't take my laptop, but because of thunderstorms across the Eastern Seaboard …
USA Today:
Apple's iPhone isn't perfect, but it's worthy of the hype  —  The mania over Apple's iPhone launch has created stratospheric expectations that are near impossible to live up to.  Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth lusting after.  —  That's saying a lot.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone facts from the first reviews  —  Well, the first reviews are in.  But you may have missed some of the more interesting factoids unearthed by the trio of gadget reporters deigned worthy by El Jobso to get a pre-launch iPhone.  Here's a few fresh n' interesting iPhone facts right off the presses:
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I Didn't Buy An iPhone: The Network
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Put your photos on a map, and Picasa on your phone  —  Posted by Ping Chen and Joel Onofrio, Software Engineers  —  If you've ever seen a great picture and wondered where it was, wished you could visit that exact spot yourself, or found yourself itching to share a great photo with somebody …
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Evan Ratliff / Wired News:   Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Map your photos with Google's latest feature in Picasa Web Albums
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fixed Mobile Networks Converge, TMobile launches HotSpot@Home  —  Time to get rid of that landline, and say hello to Cellular-WiFi convergence.  The much-talked-about dual mode T-Mobile USA wireless service, called HotSpot@Home, that uses both the cellular and WiFi networks for seamless phone calling …
Discussion: Engadget and VoIP Watch
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile Hotspot@Home Review
Discussion: dslreports.com and Engadget Mobile
Michael Gartenberg:
T-Mobile introduces Hotspot@Home - First Take
Discussion: GigaOM and jkOnTheRun
Microsoft:
Windows Live Moves Into Next Phase with Renewed Focus on Software + Services  —  Q&A: Chris Jones, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience Program Management, discusses how a new Windows Live product suite planned for release in the coming months will help customers more easily and safely communicate and share online.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Betas: Windows Live Photo Gallery; Microsoft Live Drive Here  —  Ever since Microsoft launched Live Search last year, they've been keeping a steady pace of new services integrations as they grow the Live Suite, specifically integration between interfaces for mobile, desktop, and web …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace, Chasing YouTube, Upgrades Its Offerings  —  Two years ago, millions of MySpace users began adding video clips to their profile pages, helping to give rise to YouTube, which Google bought last October for $1.65 billion.  —  This week, MySpace, a division of the News Corporation …
Kennethn / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
An entirely new way to stay organized  —  Posted by: Ron Schneider, Technical Lead, Google Docs & Spreadsheets  —  Today we introduced some exciting changes to Google Docs & Spreadsheets.  —  Here's what's new:  — Looking pretty - The entire document list has been given a complete visual overhaul …
BBC Press Office:
BBC iPlayer to launch on 27 July  —  The BBC's on-demand TV service, BBC iPlayer, is to launch on 27 July, it was announced today by Ashley Highfield, Director of Future Media & Technology.  —  "BBC iPlayer is a free catch-up service for UK licence fee payers," said Highfield.
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BBC:   BBC web downloads set to launch
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
FLICKR PHOTOS INTEGRATED INTO YAHOO IMAGES  —  Yahoo has integrated Flickr, the photo sharing site Yahoo bought two years ago, into its image search engine.  As you can see in the screenshot of this search, Flickr photos appear in results where relevant (like this one) …
Discussion: Download Squad
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N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
EXCLUSIVE: What is WiiWare?  Level Up Gets the Scoop On Nintendo's Brand New Bag  —  Patience is a virtue, a wise man once said, and nowhere is this more true than the circumstances surrounding the story we're about to bring you right now.  A month or so before the March Game Developers Conference …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Why we're buying DoubleClick  —  In April we announced that we're buying DoubleClick, a leading company in the ad serving business.  When we made this announcement, we gave some of our reasons.  But because online advertising is complicated, I thought I'd step back a bit and offer some more context.
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Eisner's "All-For" the web
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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple and AT&T Announce iTunes Activation and Sync for iPhone
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Microsoft security group makes 'worst jobs' list
Tim Ferguson / ZDNet:
Vodafone to be iPhone operator in Europe?
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
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UW will abet file-sharing lawsuits, it says
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Judge rejects Google's anti-Microsoft antitrust bid
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle's Mixed Message
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Sprint Ad Campaign Leaves Nextel's Name in the Dust
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MySpace's Anderson, DeWolfe Want Megabucks To Re-Up With News Corp.: Report
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