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3:40 PM ET, June 11, 2008

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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.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple: App Store still coming July 11  —  Apple has moved to squash rumors that the iPhone's App Store could be coming sooner rather than later.  —  Earlier Wednesday, Apple's Australian Web site had a little note at the bottom of its page about the iPod Touch that said “Shop for hundreds of applications made for iPod Touch.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
WWDC survey suggests 70% of planned iPhone apps may be free
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
And, The Really Big Thing About The New iPhone Is...  GPS.  Geo-anything.  Location based services.  —  Now that the dust over the iPhone 3G launch has settled, it seems that people have divided into two camps; one is welcoming the new features, claiming that the perfect phone just got more perfect …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Glassdoor, Find Out How Much People Really Make At Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, And Everywhere Else.  —  The idea behind Glassdoor is simple: You tell me your salary, and I'll tell you mine.  The stealth startup, which raised $3 million from Benchmark Capital last March, just went live.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
A Nortel Comeback?  Verizon Deal Cheers Stock  —  Shares of — dare I say it once again?  — “beleaguered” networking equipment vendor Nortel (NT) are up almost 11%, or 88 cents, at $8.99 this afternoon, the biggest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange on a percentage basis …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Firefox 3 gets a third release candidate  —  If you were planning to host a Firefox 3 launch party this week, keep that bubbly on ice a bit longer.  —  Mozilla is expected to release Firefox 3 Release Candidate 3 perhaps later today.  Windows and Linux users won't feel a thing; the new browser is considered stable on those platforms.
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
All systems are go for Firefox 3 launch; RC3 needed for Mac OSX only
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Google Co-Founder Books a Space Flight  —  Space tourists are getting their own ride.  Space Adventures, a Virginia company that arranges passage for wealthy explorers to ride on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station, plans to buy a Soyuz flight all its own in 2011, with the option of buying more.
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Introduces iPhone 3G Videoconferencing Kit, ZOMG!  —  Those of you complaining about the lack of front camera and videoconferencing in the new iPhone, stop saying words.  This July 11 you will be able to buy the Apple Videoconferencing Kit for iPhone 3G at just $29.
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholders push judge for speedier trial date  —  In a move to add more grist to the mill, an attorney representing Yahoo shareholders dished up more material to support a call for a speedy hearing date on the company's controversial employee severance plans, according …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Says an Icahn Win Triggers Plan
Junko Yoshida / EE Times:
The truth about last year's Xbox 360 recall  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Microsoft Corp. announced a mammoth global recall of its Xbox 360 a year ago, the software giant never disclosed the exact source of the game console's heat problem that led to the fiasco.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile, AT&T, Starbucks Make Nice about Wi-Fi  —  Starbucks informed me that it, AT&T, and T-Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding about the free Wi-Fi kerfuffle: T-Mobile filed a lawsuit a few days ago against Starbucks stating it wasn't involved in discussions …
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
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
Discussion: AppleInsider, TG Daily, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Next For Bebo's Founders: Back To Birthday Alarm  —  I had a chance to speak with Bebo co-founder Michael Birch last weekend at the Founders Brunch event at Loic Le Meur's house in San Francisco.  —  It was the first chance I've had to congratulate him in person for the $850 million sale of Bebo to AOL earlier this year.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Steve Poland
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
CDs Have Another Thing To Fear: Vinyl?  —  There has been no doubt that CD sales have been declining due to the growth of digital music.  Well, CDs are now being flanked by an old format: vinyl.  Although vinyl LPs have always enjoyed a niche popularity with dance djs and indie rock fanatics …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
InfoWorld:
Safari ‘carpet bomb’ attack code released  —  A hacker has posted attack code that exploits critical flaws in the Safari and Internet Explorer Web browsers.  —  The source code, along with a demo of the attack, was posted Sunday on a computer security blog.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Turning the TV into a ‘social-media center’
Discussion: NewTeeVee and OStatic blogs
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Markov and You  —  In Finally, a Definition of Programming …
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
How Google Measures Search Quality
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Many TV Viewers Unprepared For Switch
Discussion: Techdirt
eMarketer:
Auto Industry Revs Up Online Spending
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu.com Streams Viacom's ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert’
Guardian:
BBC to make digital archive of all programmes past and present
Darren Herman / CenterNetworks:
Woopra: Where Analytics is Heading
 Earlier Items: 
GamesIndustry.biz:
Flagship programmer claims staff are leaving “in droves”
Discussion: Massively, Blue's News and Joystiq
Business Wire:
TNS Media Intelligence Reports U.S. Advertising Expenditures …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Pluggd Targets Brightcove With Delve Networks, A New Video Delivery Platform
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
FriendFeed openness puts pressure on rivals
Steve Guttenberg / CNET News.com:
Grammy winning record producer says CD quality isn't good enough
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Learning 2.0: The Threat (and promise) of Social Interaction
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechTicker
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Real racing in the virtual world