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2:40 PM ET, June 25, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 2.0 firmware to go golden master this week  —  The highly-anticipated 2.0 version of the iPhone firmware is said to be “highly probable” to achieve golden master status this Friday, according to a report by Gizmodo.  Citing “a source inside the Cupertino's iPhone software development effort …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
World's first iPhone 3G on sale in New Zealand a day before the US
Discussion: iSmashPhone and textually.org
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.
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.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
T-Mobile not angling for land-line biz, CEO says  —  Excerpts from the blog One of the most exciting places in tech lately is wireless mobile devices, and Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA is in...  Excerpts from the blog  —  One of the most exciting places in tech lately is wireless mobile devices …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Deal or No Deal?  Oops, No Deal!  —  Look, a Yahoo-Microsoft deal could happen anytime.  Just not yesterday, as it turns out.  —  It's easy to be taken in by so-called “sources,” chatting up a new series of talks between Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO), either to do a deal to revisit …
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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
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
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook adds to the chatter with Mini-Feed comments  —  Facebook will soon be making it possible for members to leave comments on each others' “mini-feeds” of activity, according to an announcement Wednesday from the social network.  The development is slated to go live later on Wednesday.
Discussion: Mashable!, VentureBeat and WebProNews
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).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
BBC Press Office:
Next generation BBC iPlayer launches  —  The BBC today unveils a new-look BBC iPlayer which fully integrates radio and TV in one interface, as the service records over 100 million requests to view programmes in the six months since its launch.  —  The new-look service, which launches in beta tomorrow …
Discussion: The Register and open
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!
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your Xbox 360 into a Streaming Netflix Player
Discussion: CNET News.com, Geekend, Joystiq and Digg
Business Wire:
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Discussion: Digital Daily and Slashdot
IDG News Service:
NTT to Impose Broadband Upload Limits
Telegraph:
Police disciplined for Facebook crash boasts
Discussion: WebProNews
InfoWorld:
Progress buys Iona for SOA wares
Eric Chabrow / Parallax View:
RFID: Hazardous to Your Health
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Dell hits server efficiency targets a year early
Discussion: Direct2Dell
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Microsoft updates Mac Office 2004, 2008, Open XML Converter
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Report: US must have universal gigabit broadband by 2015
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Adobe swings out Acrobat 9
Discussion: Adobe and MacRumors
InfoWorld:
Yahoo fixes e-mail cross-site scripting flaw
Discussion: Zero Day and The Register
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
One open source interface to rule them
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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E Ink: ‘E-newspapers’ to Go Commercial in late 2009
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Kosmix Goes Horizontal
Discussion: VentureBeat and Beet.TV
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google's Vint Cerf, ‘Father of the Internet’: “Online Video …