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8:20 AM ET, June 29, 2007

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USA Today:
Q&A: Apple's Steve Jobs and AT&T's Randall Stephenson  —  With the much-awaited iPhone set to launch Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke with me about the hotly-desired phone.  An edited transcript follows.  —  Q: IPhone Day is finally here.  How do you feel?
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John Markoff / New York Times:
A Trade-Off on iPhone Data Speed  —  On the eve of the Apple iPhone's debut, the top executives of Apple and AT&T today defended their decision to rely upon AT&T's slow Edge wireless data network, rather than a faster network that is less widely available.  —  Early reviews of the iPhone …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Internal Apple Stevenote: iPhone, iPods with OS X, and "off the charts" Macs in the pipeline  —  Apple held a somewhat rare, company-wide virtual meeting with Steve Jobs this morning (11am Pacific Time), wherein Steve Jobs discussed the gravity of the iPhone on Apple's business …
Wall Street Journal:
iPhone 'Surfing' On AT&T Network Isn't Fast, Jobs Concedes  —  Apple and AT&T CEOs  —  Say Wi-Fi Gives Boost;  —  Seeing Parallels to Mac  —  In an interview on the eve of the iPhone launch, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and AT&T Inc. CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson addressed concerns …
Kent German / CNET News.com:
Jobs hints at wireless music downloads on the iPhone
Discussion: ZDNet
Jasmine France / CNET News.com:
The iPod ain't dead yet
Discussion: PC World
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Readers consider taking the iPhone plunge
Discussion: Macsimum News
Think Secret:
Steve Jobs: Free iPhones for Apple employees
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Valleywag:
Hypebusting: Facebook has 'thrown the entire startup world for a loop'  —  FROM A FACEBOOK PLATFORM DEVELOPER — I work for a startup in the Valley and have nothing natural against Facebook at all - in fact my team and I have spent every hour of every day for the past four weeks developing …
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kottke.org:
Facebook is the new AOL  —  Earlier in the week, I made a comment in passing in a post about Vimeo: … A few people picked up on it and speculated what I might have meant by it.  In reading those posts and poking around a bit, I found a post that Scott Heiferman made just after Facebook Platform launched in May:
Discussion: SMC and Epicenter
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Now playing: Silicon Valley short attention span theater
Discussion: Jon Udell
Valleywag:
Hypebusting: Facebook's 'platform'
Discussion: VentureBeat
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Developers Demand to Spam What's Wrong with This Picture?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T customers seeing sudden boost in EDGE speeds?  —  Shortly after beginning the shutdown process of AMPS and TDMA networks, and just hours before the launch the EDGE-capable iPhone, a number of users are reportedly seeing dramatic increases in EDGE throughput.
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Fine EDGE: AT&T Boosts Network Speeds  —  Crazy news from the Howard Forums.  AT&T EDGE users are reporting big speed increases on the network, with 200kbps and more on test runs.  Could this be the result of AT&T's Fine EDGE program?  Over the last few months, the carrier has been running bigger pipes …
Kate / Google LatLong:
It's a click & drag situation  —  Posted by Ryan Sturgell and Barry Brumitt, Software Engineers, Google Maps  —  Can you imagine going back to clicking arrows and waiting for the screen to refresh just to move the map left/right/up/down?  It'd be as big a bummer as going back to 8-track tapes.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Drag Directions in Google Maps
Discussion: Rev2.org
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
MySpace to follow rival's lead  —  MySpace is likely to change its technology strategy to allow other online companies to "plug" their web services directly into its social networking site, according to Chris DeWolfe, one of its founders.  —  The move would mark a new step in the evolution …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Powerset: The natural language search mashup platform  —  Powerset finally came out of stealth mode tonight at its offices in San Francisco.  The technology is not ready until September, but the company unveiled what it is doing to revolutionize search.  "The patents and technology are locked down …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Gonzales: It's time to punish 'attempted' piracy  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales created quite a stir last month when he called for an aggressive rewrite of criminal copyright laws, including prison time for "attempted" copyright infringement, life behind bars for pirated software use …
Alex / alex.moskalyuk:
Google Answers relaunches, so far in Russia only  —  Google Answers launched today for the Russian market, as announced in Google Russia blog by a product manager from Mountain View, so it looks like expansion to other languages is only the matter of time.  The service is not entirely unlike …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robert Verkaik / The Independent:
Google sued over defamatory postings found on web search  —  Google, the world's biggest search engine, is being sued by a London businessman in a landmark legal action that could hold the US-based company liable for the publication of inaccurate, malicious or damaging material on the internet.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Google Docs Gets Major Redesign
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