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10:05 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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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: Mark Evans, Engadget and Digg
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
RepairPal, It's Like Google Health for Your Car  —  Going to the mechanic is like going to the doctor.  When something needs to be fixed, for most people there is no easy way to tell if they are being charged the going rate or are being ripped off.  Enter RepairPal, a new site launching publicly today …
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.
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 …
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
Nick Knupffer / Technology@Intel:
USB 3.0 for the masses - Dispelling the myths.  —  There has been a lot of unanswered speculation recently regarding USB 3.0 and Intel's involvement; I thought it was about time to set the record straight.  By the way: USB 3.0 will be a new wired USB standard - operating at faster speeds than previous USB generations.
Discussion: CNET News.com, InfoWorld and Engadget
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
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 …
Discussion: textually.org
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Instinct Doesn't Ring True as an iPhone Clone  —  The parade of iPhone lookalikes continues.  Soon after Apple (AAPL) announced the first iPhone a year ago, factories in Asia, at the behest of U.S. phone carriers, were asked to respond to the sleek, touch-screen device.
Discussion: Electronista
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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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Centro heads to Verizon, in stores tomorrow for $99  —  Come on, T-Mobile, all we need is you to get on board now and that'll make a perfect Yahtzee! for Palm with its surprise hit, the Centro.  Thanks to Verizon's expected announcement today, the top three US carriers now carry …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Are members BlackBerry addicts?  —  Sen. Ted Stevens may have deep-sixed his Slashdot street cred when he described the Internet as “a series of tubes,” but the 84-year-old Alaska Republican is hardly a technological Luddite.  —  Stevens calls himself a “slave” to his BlackBerry Curve …
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.
BBC:
Experts question BT's fibre trial  —  BT's trial of super-fast broadband is unlikely to put the UK back in the fast lane analysts have said.  —  The telecoms firm is offering fibre to the home to 300 newly built homes in Ebbsfleet, Kent.  —  Speeds will start at just 2.5Mbps (megabits per second) …
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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Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Hulu Wins Big Programs But Not Yet Traffic
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Radio Royalty Wars Heat Up Again
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gaycities Tries To Make Reviews Less Anonymous
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
OpenSocial Updates: hi5, AOL, MySpace and imeem
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Federal judge OKs sale of promo CDs
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Venture Capitalists Hot About iPhone Startups
Discussion: Valleywag
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google menaces blog over publishing YouTube contract
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
More spammers now selling semi-real stuff
Discussion: The Register
IEBlog:
What's Coming in Internet Explorer 8 for IT Professionals?
Discussion: Network World
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Webbys in Five Words: Cynical, Campy, Goofy, Hot, Long
Steve McClellan / Adweek:
eBay Shutters Ad-Sales System
Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:
Judge suspends L.A. obscenity trial after conceding his website had sexual images
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Eight Years of Wrongness
Discussion: WinExtra
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
A Sneak Peek at Spore, EA's Ultra-Web 2.0 Game