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3:50 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
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
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.
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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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.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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.
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Helio-Virgin Mobile A Done Deal.  Why Did Virgin Do It?  —  Virgin Mobile USA will bail out rival “virtual” carrier Helio after all, the FT reports: The companies have agreed to a deal in principle and could announce it as early as this week.  —  The gist: Virgin will take over Helio's subscriber base and keep its own brand.
Discussion: Inquirer and Industry Standard
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
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Mini-Feed Comments Today (Updated Screenshot)  —  We've written before that it's a no-brainer for Facebook to enable commenting within the Mini Feed.  Well, Facebook has confirmed that it will launch in-line Mini Feed comments later today.  —  Why are feed comments interesting?
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.
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
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 …
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
 
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Sam Allen / Dot Net Perls:
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Telegraph:
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Report: US must have universal gigabit broadband by 2015
Discussion: DSLreports
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Adobe swings out Acrobat 9
Discussion: Adobe and MacRumors
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social network Multiply goes premium
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next New Networks Inks With Hulu, Yahoo, Metacafe
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Nintendo rated as ‘least eco-friendly tech firm’ by Greenpeace
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
One open source interface to rule them
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Farewell then, Symbian  —  Epoc's journey: from world-beater to basket case
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete