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8:25 PM ET, June 11, 2008

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
WWDC survey suggests 70% of planned iPhone apps may be free  —  If a survey of developers attending Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this week is of any indication, the average cost of a third-party iPhone application will fall well below $3.00, with the vast majority being made available at no cost at all.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store could emerge as $1.2B business by 2009  —  Investment bank Piper Jaffray is urging investors who typically focus only on Apple's hardware announcements to also pay attention to the company's iPhone software strategy, particularly its upcoming App Store, which could balloon into a $1 billion market by next year.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Piper Jaffray Mint Announces Apple App Store $1.2 Billion Commemorative Coin
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jeff Weiner's Departure From Yahoo Imminent, Speculation on Successor Begins  —  Yahoo's EVP Network Division Jeff Weiner, who's been the subject of rabid speculation since the weekend, has submitted his resignation, our sources within the company say.  Yahoo and Weiner are still negotiating …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and Valleywag
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Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit's chief judge posted sexually explicit materials on his website  —  Alex Kozinski, who is presiding over an obscenity trial in L.A., admits he posted sexually explicit photos and videos.  He says he didn't think the public could see the site, which is now blocked.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Docstoc Kills Email Attachments with New Desktop Utility  —  Docstoc has just launched a new desktop utility that totally kills the need to send email attachments - at least if you're a PC user (a Mac version is in the works).  Dubbed DocStoc OneClick, the new app allows you to right click …
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0 and CenterNetworks
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Docstoc Poses As File Transfer Service With OneClick
Discussion: Download Squad and Webware.com
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Latest iPhone SDK agreement limits GPS software capabilities  —  As expected, the latest iteration of the iPhone comes complete with GPS capabilities, offering more location and tracking options.  The inclusion of GPS also means that the iPhone can now be used for real-time directions, which the news Maps application will provide.
InfoWorld:
Microsoft testing prototype of Facebook-like social network  —  At the request of its SharePoint and Office product development teams, Microsoft 's Office Labs operation has created and is testing a prototype of an internal social network that can provide employees with feeds and updates about their colleagues.
Reuters:
Starbucks and AT&T reach deal with T-Mobile  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O), AT&T Inc (T.N) and T-Mobile (DTEGn.DE) have reached a deal to resolve T-Mobile's claim that the coffee chain secretly colluded with AT&T to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access in its cafes despite …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
A Sneak Peek at Spore, EA's Ultra-Web 2.0 Game  —  I finally understand why Spore has been delayed for so long.  Originally expected for a 2007 release, the simulated evolution game from Electronic Arts (ERTS) studio Maxis was suddenly withheld, much to EA's chagrin.
Aza Raskin / Aza's Thoughts:
Firefox Mobile Concept Video  —  Firefox is coming to mobile.  The innovation, usability, and extensibility that has propelled Firefox to 200 million users is set to do the same for Firefox in a mobile setting.  —  User experience is the most important aspect of having a compelling mobile product.
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Eric Schmidt in conversation with Ken Auletta  —  Writer and New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta is interviewing Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt in San Francisco as part a program from the Newhouse School, The New Yorker and Conde Nast.  Following are some highlights:  —  Ken Auletta and Eric Schmidt
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Drops PowerPC Support?  —  LogicielMac publishes a screenshot of the system requirements for Mac OS X Snow Leopard which was seeded to developers this week.  The requirements list the following:  — An Intel Processor  — An internal, external, or shared DVD drive
MSFTextrememakeover:
Eight Years of Wrongness  —  Warren Buffett is quoted saying that his favorite holding period for a stock is “forever”.  I'm not ready to go quite that far - and in practice neither does he - but I do subscribe to a long term investing philosophy generally.  For example, I bought my first MSFT shares back in the early 90's.
Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
Samsung Instinct to Cost $199.99 After Rebate  —  As we've prevously covered, the price and targeting of Samsung's Instinct will be crucial in response to the advent of iPhone 3G.  —  Today, Sprint distributed internally the pricing for the Samsung Instinct.  And, indeed, the price has responded to the announcement of iPhone 3G.
Steve McClellan / Adweek:
eBay Shutters Ad-Sales System  —  The system had been up and running for just over a year  —  NEW YORK Online auction house eBay has shuttered its Internet-based system for buying and selling TV and radio ads, the company has confirmed on its Web site.  The system had been up and running for just over a year.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Surface goes to Vegas with Harrah's deal  —  This might not be what Bill Gates originally envisioned with his “information at your fingertips” concept.  —  On Wednesday in Las Vegas, the Rio hotel will unveil a new Surface computer application called Flirt, that will let bar patrons …
 
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McCain Website Gaffes
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Corn farmers take anti-Google fight to Washington
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Wall Street Journal:
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How Google Measures Search Quality
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Firefox 3 gets a third release candidate
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Introduces iPhone 3G Videoconferencing Kit, ZOMG!
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
CDs Have Another Thing To Fear: Vinyl?
Discussion: Digital Daily
Junko Yoshida / EE Times:
The truth about last year's Xbox 360 recall