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5:55 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
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
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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Ben Ames / PC World:
AMD's Barcelona Server Chip on Schedule
Discussion: CNET News.com
Joshua Gay / FSF:
iPhone restricts users, GPLv3 frees them  —  On Friday, June 29, not everyone in the continental U.S. will be waiting in line to purchase a $500 iPhone.  In fact, hundreds of thousands of digital aficionados around the globe won't be standing in line at all, for June 29 marks the release …
Discussion: Inquirer
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Free Software Foundation releases GPL 3
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:   FSF: The iPhone Will Betray You
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Powerset: Is There More Than Buzzwords And Patent Threats?  —  from the do-we-have-anything-useful?  dept  —  There's been so much hype around search startup Powerset that it seems like it's going to be quite difficult to live up to it.  The company kicked off by raising a lot of money …
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.
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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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
IPhone Under The Knife
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