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7:25 AM ET, June 12, 2008

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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Coming Tuesday, June 17th: Firefox 3  —  Whenever we're asked “when is Firefox going to be released” we endeavor to answer to the best of our abilities, but the truth of the matter is that we'll only ever ship “when it's ready”.  We have a lot of indicators that help us understand when the product …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
$1.2 Billion For iPhone Apps in 2009.  What is Gene Munster Smoking?  —  I am as much an iPhone cultist as the next guy, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is taking this cult thing a little too far.  He estimates that by the end of 2009 there will be 55 million iPhone users …
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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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs: it's time we design our own iPhone and iPod chips  —  The market potential for proprietary mobile processor designs from chip makers like Samsung Electronics and Intel Corp. were dealt a considerable blow earlier this week when Apple chief executive Steve Jobs revealed that his company …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Apple putting PA Semi talent to work on iPhone chip
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.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google CEO talks of good, evil and monopoly fears  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt on Wednesday detailed his theory of competition in the Web industry while saying Google's famous mantra of “Don't be evil” is often misunderstood.
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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.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Instinct Doesn't Ring True as an iPhone Clone
Discussion: Electronista
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G's True Price Compared  —  Ever since Apple announced that they're cutting $200 from the iPhone's price and lowering the iPhone 3G down to $199, people have been rumbling about how the increased AT&T data plan price negates any savings you get up front on the phone.
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
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.
Discussion: WinExtra
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Malware Silently Alters Wireless Router Settings  —  A new Trojan horse masquerading as a video “codec” required to view content on certain Web sites tries to change key settings on the victim's Internet router so that all of the victim's Web traffic is routed through servers controlled by the attackers.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Congressmen say Chinese hacked their PCs  —  Dissident locations, other sensitive data intercepted  —  Lawmakes are urging everyone on Capitol Hill to have their computers checked for malware after discovering that people working from inside China hacked into multiple congressional machines …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:   Chinese suspected in Capitol hacking cases
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
A Flashy Facebook Page, at a Cost to Privacy  —  Add-Ons to Online Social Profiles Expose Personal Data to Strangers  —  Facebook fanatics who have covered their profiles on the popular social networking site with silly games and quirky trivia quizzes may be unknowingly giving a host of strangers an intimate peek at their lives.
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.
Discussion: The TNL.net weblog
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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.
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 …
Tara Parker-Pope / NYT:
How Much Radiation Does Your Phone Emit?  —  The technology news site CNET has compiled two interesting lists showing which cellphones give off the most and the least radiation.  —  In publishing the information, CNET editors note the data aren't meant to imply that cellphone radiation poses a risk …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: The Open Road
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Federal judge OKs sale of promo CDs
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google menaces blog over publishing YouTube contract
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
More spammers now selling semi-real stuff
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RIAA suddenly walks away from old, contested P2P case
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Judge suspends L.A. obscenity trial after conceding his website had sexual images
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Drops PowerPC Support?
InfoWorld:
Microsoft testing prototype of Facebook-like social network