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7:00 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.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple: App Store still coming July 11  —  The App Store won't be arriving in June, despite reports to the contrary based on Apple's Australian Web site.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET News.com)  —  Apple has moved to squash rumors that the iPhone's App Store could be coming sooner rather than later.
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: Valleywag
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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.
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.
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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 …
Discussion: DSLreports, Engadget and Gearlog
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile, AT&T, Starbucks Make Nice about Wi-Fi
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register and Threat Level
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
Wall Street Journal:
Moving Away From WiMax, Nortel Shifts Focus to LTE  —  Nortel Networks Corp. said Wednesday it is reducing its investment in developing the ultrafast wireless Internet technology called WiMax to focus its research dollars on a competing technology preferred by major U.S. and European carriers known as LTE.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
A Nortel Comeback? Verizon Deal Cheers Stock
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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.
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
Discussion: Forbes, Epicenter and Valleywag
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 …
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.
Discussion: I4U News, GottaBeMobile and PalmAddicts
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.
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA suddenly walks away from old, contested P2P case
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Corn farmers take anti-Google fight to Washington
Discussion: DSLreports and Coop's Corner
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Markov and You  —  In Finally, a Definition of Programming …
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
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Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
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Junko Yoshida / EE Times:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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