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1:00 PM ET, June 25, 2008

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold delayed on AT&T until at least mid-August!  —  We know what you're thinking... but this is for reals!  We've just confirmed this now with two high-level sources: the Bold is actually delayed until August on AT&T. It seems like AT&T and RIM are still having software issues with battery life and overheating.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Full text: An epic Bill Gates e-mail rant  —  Sometimes, software isn't so magical.  Even for Bill Gates.  —  For the opening piece in our series on Gates leaving daily life at Microsoft, one goal was to give a clear picture of the Microsoft co-founder's role inside the company, as a gauge of the impact his departure will have.
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Bill Gates' web experience: Byzantine, idiotic logic  —  Analyzing IT program management failures with the perfect vision of hindsight often leads the observer through a senseless and convoluted maze of past decisions.  Studying the Byzantine and idiotic logic behind many IT failures, one wonders, “How did we get here from there?”
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Golden Master Could Hit this Friday  —  According to a sources inside the Cupertino's iPhone software development effort, it is “highly probable” that the iPhone 2.0 Golden Master will hit this Friday.  The final version could arrive two weeks before the introduction of the new iPhone 3G …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, I4U News and iSmashPhone
Sundeep Tucker / Financial Times:
Virgin Mobile and SK to combine operations in the US  —  Virgin Mobile USA is to acquire the US mobile phone operation controlled by SK Telecom of South Korea, after each side decided to combine their struggling businesses to build scale in the fast-maturing market.
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google's Vint Cerf, ‘Father of the Internet’: “Online Video Will Be Distributed in Download Mode”  —  Vint Cerf, a computer scientist who is most often called the “father of the Internet,” says that the popularity and demand for online video will mean that the distribution will eventually be done …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Vint Cerf: Video streaming to give way to downloading
Discussion: News Headlines
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
I'm sticking with Windows XP  —  You've heard it all before — the bell tolls for Windows XP.  The governor isn't calling to give it a reprieve — Microsoft is officially declaring it end of life for system OEMs on June 30.  On April 14, 2009, mainstream support dies.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social network Multiply goes premium  —  Multiply, a social network that has done a fine job of flying under the radar since its 2005 launch, has announced a new paid-account program that focuses on media storage.  Called a “digital scrapbook,” this premium feature will cost $19.95 annually.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and The Social Times
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Multiply: The Social Network That Backs Up Your Media, Too
Arn / MacRumors:
Time of iPhone 3G Launch Remains Unclear  —  Unconfirmed reports claim that the U.S. iPhone launch will take place starting at 8am, July 11th at AT&T stores nationwide.  A screenshot posted to our forums claims to depict the actual email sent to AT&T managers.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next New Networks Inks With Hulu, Yahoo, Metacafe  —  Next New Networks, the conglomerate of niche video channels that's best known as home of Obama Girl, has struck online video distribution deals with Yahoo, Hulu and Metacafe.  Yahoo (YHOO) and Metacafe will get access to all Next New Networks programming …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Farewell then, Symbian  —  Epoc's journey: from world-beater to basket case  —  The smart in smartphone disappeared  —  The smartphone wars once devoured a great deal of attention and energy, particularly during the long PR war that took place in the first four barren years …
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete  —  “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”  —  So proclaimed statistician George Box 30 years ago, and he was right.  But what choice did we have?  Only models, from cosmological equations to theories of human behavior …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Starbucks (SBUX) Dumping CDs, iTunes Gift Cards (AAPL)  —  Starbucks, which has been scaling back its once-grand ambitions to turn itself into an entertainment hub, is about to shrink its plans yet again.  We hear that by September, the chain will have dumped almost all of its in-store music retail offerings.
Discussion: hypebot
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - June, 2008  —  20TB of new imagery....laughable compared to the 69TB+ from May's Virtual Earth Imagery Release; then again, when's the last time you transferred 20TB of data? :)  —  Here's the list for June:  —  Orthos (Microsoft UltraCam)  — Toledo, OH
Discussion: LiveSide and One Microsoft Way
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Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Publish Your Aerial Photography to Virtual Earth
Tech-On! : tech news:
E Ink: ‘E-newspapers’ to Go Commercial in late 2009  —  “In the field of electronic paper-based electronic newspapers, a verification test will start by the end of 2008, and an actual business will start in the second half of 2009.”  —  Ryosuke Kuwata, E Ink Corp's vice president in charge …
Discussion: Portfolio.com, TeleRead and Engadget
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
One open source interface to rule them  —  isn't about open source's soul, nor is it about making open source comply with closed spectrum's norms.  —  It's about the search for one great interface.  —  The iPhone has one great interface, and the margins to go with it.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mixx Gets Serious About Community Building  —  Digg competitor Mixx just launched an extension to its groups feature that founder Chris McGill describes as “Ning for social media”.  —  Users can now set up Mixx community sites on their own subdomains (see ours here).
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Nintendo rated as ‘least eco-friendly tech firm’ by Greenpeace  —  Games firm Nintendo has come bottom of a ranking of the world's most eco-friendly electronics firms.  —  The quarterly Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics ranks 18 electronics firms by how green their production processes and products are.
 
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Comcast's goal: Integrate the screens
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Microsoft VP confirms Windows 7 ship date: January 2010
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Michael Geist / canada.com:
Uncle Sam's fingers are all over the Canadian copyright bill
Discussion: Mark Evans and Digg
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Is Microsoft accessible without Bill Gates?
Discussion: ZDNet and Forbes
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Kosmix Goes Horizontal
Discussion: Beet.TV
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
iPod Doctor makes house calls
Discussion: MacBlogz, Newlaunches.com, PSFK and Digg
Phil Manchester / The Register:
Eclipse will be watching you very closely
Discussion: eWeek and Z Trek
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile's home phone service goes nationwide
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Internet Provider Halts Plan to Track, Sell Users' Surfing Data
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Hidden Sex Scenes Draw Ho-Hum, Except From Lawyers