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6:45 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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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Secure data wipe built into iPhone Software v2.0  —  Responding to concerns over the integrity of the iPhone's data reset methods, Apple has taken the extra step and built a more secure data wipe function into the next version of the handset's software, AppleInsider has learned.
Business Wire:
Bell Canada Executive Patrick Pichette to Join Google Executive Team  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced that Patrick Pichette will be named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Most recently, Mr. Pichette served …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple memo coaches employees on iPhone 3G launch questions  —  Apple Inc. is distributing to its retail and sales personnel an internal iPhone 3G Frequently Asked Questions document which implies that first-day sales and activation procedures are still being ironed out.
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MacNN:
Telefonica: 300,000 iPhone 3G pre-orders
Discussion: MacBlogz
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.
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.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Mini-Feed Comments Today (Updated Screenshot)
Discussion: Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Wilts as TechCrunch “Microsoft Takeover!”  Sources Sober Up  —  Anyone else spoken to any Microsoft or Yahoo sources who think the two companies are discussing a full takeover deal?  Everyone we've talked to thinks that TechCrunch's sources must have been drunk.
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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 …
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports First Quarter Results  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported first quarter results for the three months ended May 31, 2008 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
RIM hammered on forecast for current quarter
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.
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.
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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Business Wire:
Amazon.com Acquires Fabric.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the acquisition of Fabric.com, a leading online fabric store that offers custom measured and cut fabrics, as well as patterns, sewing tools and accessories.  —  This acquisition will enable Fabric.com …
Business Wire:
T-Mobile to Launch $10 Home Phone Service  —  T-Mobile @Home(R) Service Gives Families Across the Country Freedom From Their Costly Landline Bills  —  BELLEVUE, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a groundbreaking new home phone service that enables customers …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
T-Mobile's Home Phone Service Puts Vonage In Crosshairs (VG)
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Plan trips based on likes and dislikes with TripSay  —  This afternoon TripSay, a travel site that's currently in private beta is opening up to a larger group of testers and launching a few new features.  The service will help you figure out places you should go on your vacation based …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Bloggers: Big Media Is Watching  —  As content recognition software gets more sophisticated, expect more copyright-related battles online like the recent AP-blogger flap  —  The Associated Press unleashed a firestorm in the blogosphere earlier this month when it demanded that a political site …
Discussion: Signal to Noise and UMPC Buzz
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Doesn't The FBI Have More Important Things To Do Than Chase Down The Guy Who Leaked The New Guns N' Roses Album?  —  There's this whole “war on terror” thing going on out there, and you'd think that folks in the FBI would be pretty busy taking care of their role in that.
Discussion: Listening Post
 
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Keith Regan / E-Commerce Times:
Charter Scraps User-Tracking Plan After Privacy Outcry
Discussion: Epicenter, eWeek and Computerworld
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Yahoo swats serious cross-site scripting bug
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Oracle Blows Past the Street: Investors Have To Be Lovin' It
Discussion: CNET News.com and CNBC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Mosso revamps cloud service tools
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
Photoshop expert sings: Ctrl-J, yo!
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Performance and reliability update for Vista SP1 released
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
SLS and PhotoZoom updated to Silverlight 2 Beta 2
Discussion: LiveSide
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Hands-on with Boxee: A gorgeous social-media viewer [Video]
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Ken Bensinger / Los Angeles Times:
Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 models
Sam Allen / Dot Net Perls:
Firefox 3 Memory Benchmarks and Comparison
Discussion: TechConsumer, Slashdot and WinBeta
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Structural Change Is Always a Good Theme to Invest In
Alex Papadimoulis / The Daily WTF:
The Stalled Server Room
Business Wire:
Lawsuit Filed By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Alleges Google Misapp …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Slashdot
BBC Press Office:
Next generation BBC iPlayer launches
Discussion: The Register and open
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social network Multiply goes premium