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3:25 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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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.
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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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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Turning the TV into a ‘social-media center’  —  LOS ANGELES—Boxee wants to give Steve Ballmer what he wants.  —  The Microsoft CEO complained recently how unsocial the television set is compared to the Web.  —  “My son will stay up all night basically playing Xbox Live with friends …
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Scoop: Boxee to Go Alpha on Monday
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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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Whither Weiner  —  Yesterday, writing about executive stress at Yahoo, BoomTown posted about the swirling speculation around the fate of Jeff Weiner, the Network division EVP, who many at Yahoo (YHOO) think will soon be headed out the door after his recent paternity leave of four weeks.
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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
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
How Google Measures Search Quality  —  This post continues my prior post Are Machine-Learned Models Prone to Catastrophic Errors.  You can think of these as a two-post series based on my conversation with Peter Norvig.  As that post describes, Google has not cut over to the machine-learned model …
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 …
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Markov and You  —  In Finally, a Definition of Programming …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Many TV Viewers Unprepared For Switch
Discussion: Techdirt
eMarketer:
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Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu.com Streams Viacom's ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert’
Ryan / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
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Discussion: InfoWorld
Guardian:
BBC to make digital archive of all programmes past and present
Darren Herman / CenterNetworks:
Woopra: Where Analytics is Heading
GamesIndustry.biz:
Flagship programmer claims staff are leaving “in droves”
Discussion: Massively, Blue's News and Joystiq
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Next For Bebo's Founders: Back To Birthday Alarm
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
iPhone as platform = cha-ching
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Mark Evans
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