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3:30 AM ET, June 12, 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
$1.2 Billion For iPhone Apps in 2009. What is Gene Munster Smoking?
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
Discussion: 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
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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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.
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 …
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
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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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.
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.
Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:
Judge suspends obscenity trial after conceding his website had sexual images  —  Alex Kozinski admits he posted some of the explicit content.  He says he didn't think the public could see the site, which is now blocked.  —  A closely watched obscenity trial in Los Angeles federal court …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google menaces blog over publishing YouTube contract  —  Google's lawyers usually busy themselves trying to defend their right to keep content online — so Google's search engine can index it, of course.  Odd, then, to see Stacey Wexler, litigation counsel for Google, send …
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Federal judge OKs sale of promo CDs  —  Show of hands: how many of you have bought a used CD or DVD stamped “Not for Sale/Promotional Use Only”?  Tuesday, a federal judge issued what appears to be the first ringing defense of the promo market, rejecting Universal Music Group's lawsuit against someone who sold promo CDs on eBay.
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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: Epicenter, Forbes and Valleywag
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.
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
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PC World:
Developers Welcome Snow Leopard
Discussion: Macworld and Infinite Loop
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Venture Capitalists Hot About iPhone Startups
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