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5:45 PM ET, June 29, 2007

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Report from the line  —  So, it's been non-stop in line here.  I haven't had my hands on a keyboard until 3 a.m.  —  Why did I wait in line in Palo Alto and not the more sexy San Francisco?  Easy, I knew there'd be more geeks in line here.  And the line did not disappoint.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone multi-city lineblog  —  This is it, iDay.  Nerds from coast to coast will be lining up at their local Apple and AT&T stores to snag what's essentially the most anticipated consumer electronics launch ever.  So what else is there to do but live blog those lines in whichever cities we can?
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Ars in line for the iPhone... in Cincinnati (Updated periodically)  —  Everyone else is covering the iPhone line in budding metropoli (is that a word?) such as New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.  I hear there were 50+ people in line for the iPhone at the Michigan Avenue Apple Store in downtown Chicago as of 5am.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Fast Wonder
Valleywag:
IPhone: Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht in iPhone line on CNBC
WCAU-TV:
Mayor Gets Earful Over iPhone Campout
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
AMD:
AMD to Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August  —AMD's Stable Infrastructure Strategy Enables Availability of Systems from Platform Partners in September—  Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD …
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Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
Intel Ships Over 1 Million Quad-core CPUs  —  Intel follows through with pledge made in September  —  At last year's Intel Developer Forum, Intel pledged to ship 1 million quad-core processors before AMD ships a single Barcelona processor.  Intel reached this milestone today, approximately two months ahead of schedule.
Discussion: ChipLand and TechSpot News
Computerworld:
Intel tops 1 million mark on quad-core processors
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ben Ames / PC World:
AMD's Barcelona Server Chip on Schedule
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T: 2.5G upgrades won't make iPhone Web surfing faster  —  AT&T says it has spent an additional $50 million in the months leading up to the iPhone launch to upgrade and add more capacity to its 2.5G EDGE network, but a company official said that subscribers shouldn't expect to surf the mobile Net any faster.
Discussion: Macsimum News
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Thank God it's iDay
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Stores Open All Day June 29 For Customers To Test Drive The Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network, Purchase Any Of 18 Multi-Media Music Devices  —  Free Music Essentials Kit with Purchase of LG VX9400  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — On June 29 Verizon Wireless stores and kiosks …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Verizon COO: 'iWhatever'
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:
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Guy J Kewney / Newswireless.net headlines:
Ignore US launch: European Tri-iPhone launch will reveal 3G iPhone for Voda, T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse  —  A new 3G (European) version of the iPhone will be launched Monday in the UK by Apple - in a join promotion with Vodafone, T-Mobile of Germany, and Carphone Warehouse.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Prices iPhone Accessories  —  Apple opens the flood gates for iPhone accessories  —  While Apple's much-hyped iPhone isn't due to launch until 6PM this evening, Apple has already given us a taste of what to expect when it comes to iPhone accessories.  —  The most prominent iPhone accessory is the Bluetooth headset.
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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 …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
An AIR of Invisibility  —  Al Mandel, who helped market the original LaserWriter at Apple and later had several high-level positions at AOL, used to say, "The step after ubiquity is invisibility," by which he meant that once a technology had reached the point where everyone had it …
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
The Cult of the Amateur  —  Digital utopians have heralded the dawn of an era in which Web 2.0 — distinguished by a new generation of participatory sites like MySpace.com and YouTube.com, which emphasize user-generated content, social networking and interactive sharing …
Tom / Project Red Stripe:
And the idea is...  After four and a half months of sweat and toil we are pleased to announce our idea:  —  We are developing a web service that harnesses the collective intelligence of The Economist Group's community, enabling them to contribute their skills and knowledge to international and local development organisations.
 
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Behind the iPhone Frenzy
Raghav 'Rags' Gupta / GigaOM:
Why iPhone will change the mobile music business
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Ray Rivera / New York Times:
City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography
Discussion: WebProNews, Boing Boing and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sunset at Sunrocket? Layoffs rumored
Discussion: dslreports.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Free Software Foundation releases GPL 3
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
MonkCast #7: GPLv3 Day is here, Web APIs (good for business?)
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Intel resurrects 90s Pentium for Larrabee
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechSpot News
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
IPhone Under The Knife
Discussion: Epicenter
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