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4:55 PM ET, March 6, 2008

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Apple:
Apple Announces iPhone 2.0 Software Beta  —  Includes SDK & Built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync  —  Apple® today previewed its iPhone™ 2.0 software, scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a beta release of the software to selected developers and enterprise customers.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone SDK press conference  —  9:05AM - Alright, we're here and registered!  We'll be checking in as things get going shortly.  —  9:26AM - It's minglin' time!  The space usually reserved for product demos is hollowed out for the Apple Continental Breakfast today …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Anounces $100 million iFund for iPhone Applications  —  John Doerr took the stage today at Apple's announcement of its iPhone software developer kit and announced a $100 million fund to invest in startups that create apps for the iPhone.  ""I can't wait to see the great new companies that we build together," he says.
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Helps Connect Apple iPhone Users to Microsoft's Exchange Server  —  Terry Myerson, corporate vice president for Exchange, talks to PressPass about the importance of the new agreement between Microsoft and Apple to offer built-in support for Exchange on the iPhone …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iPhone SDK, announces push e-mail, Exchange support  —  Apple bolstered the iPhone's enterprise credentials during today's iPhone Software Roadmap event at its Cupertino headquarters.  Saying that business users were demanding additional capabilities from the iPhone …
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
Live From Apple's iPhone Event: Microsoft Exchange Support  —  I'm at Apple headquarters in Cupertino for the most important iPhone-related event since the release of the iPhone: the official launch of the software development kit that will allow companies other than Apple to develop native iPhone applications.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, eWeek, Valleywag and MacScoop
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple iPhone Event  —  9:57 PT: Well, here we are.  This is Jason Snell reporting live from the Town Hall theater on the Apple campus in Cupertino.  The room is filling up with members of the media and analyst communities, music is playing (Mike Doughty's “27 Jennifers,” if you must know) …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   iPhone Getting Multitouch Games, Including Spore
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Apple finally acknowledges iPhone's Exchange support
Peter Cohen / PC World:
IPhone Takes on the BlackBerry
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple unveils iPhone SDK
Discussion: PSFK
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
iPhone SDK Available Today for Free, $99 to Publish Your App
Discussion: Orbitcast, geeksugar, Kotaku and PalmAddicts
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
YAHOO! GETS UPPER HAND IN M'SOFT FIGHT  —  Your move, Mr. Ballmer.  —  That's essentially the message Yahoo! sent to the Microsoft CEO with its decision yesterday to extend the March 14 deadline to nominate directors to its board.  —  And if Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang thought his famously fiery counterpart …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft May Go All Cash, Raise Yahoo Bid to $31
Discussion: Electronista and Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Slow-Burning Ring of Fire
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google will have 90% search market share in the US one year from now  —  That's an insane prediction I was told, after I made it in front of a half dozen of the most important public market investors in the tech world at a conference recently (think the largest shareholders in Yahoo and Google).
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Skrentablog:   Who will stop Google from going to 90% market share?
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Updated With New Data and Functionality!  —  We've been working hard all winter long, and today, we've rolled out an update to Yahoo! Maps that delivers a number of improvements including; new neighborhood data, expanded worldwide coverage, and stylistic improvements.
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
ECS launches Asus Eee challenger  —  The G10IL promises HSDPA connectivity for under £250  —  The Asus Eee PC could have a new challenger in the guise of the ECS G10IL.  —  The new sub-$500 notebook will come with a HSPDA 7.2 datacard built-in.  —  Although currently still in production …
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Guardian:
Why falling Flash prices threaten Microsoft
Discussion: TechnoLlama
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360  —  Sony is in talks with console rival Microsoft about offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, according to a senior executive.  —  The Japanese electronics maker has until now touted Blu-ray as an advantage its PlayStation 3 holds over Microsoft's console.
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Death Threats, Intimidation, and Blogging  —  I miss Kathy Sierra.  —  Kathy was the primary author of the Creating Passionate Users blog, which she started in December 2004.  Her writing was of sufficient quality to propel her blog into the Technorati top 100 within a year and a half.
KPCB:
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $100 Million iFund for iPhone Application Developers  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) today announced the launch of the iFund with $100 million in venture capital to invest in companies developing applications and services for Apple's innovative iPhone and iPod touch.
Discussion: DailyTech
Yakov / Quintura blog:
RuTube Founders Exit at $15 Million Valuation  —  The leading Russian media holding Gazprom-Media is closing a deal to acquire a majority stake in the largest Russian independent online video community site RuTube valuing the business at $15 million, reports business daily Kommersant today.
 
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