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4:35 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.
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)
Tom Whitnah / Facebook Blog:
We're Open For Commentary  —  At Facebook, we're always trying …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and bub.blicio.us
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.
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
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Performance and reliability update for Vista SP1 released  —  The last performance and reliability update for Windows Vista was released last month and was targeted at Vista RTM users who could not, or did not want to, upgrade to Vista SP1.  The software giant didn't want to leave …
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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: UMPC Buzz
Ken Bensinger / Los Angeles Times:
Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 models  —  The struggling automaker's announcement comes shortly before California enacts a law that requires hands-free cellphone use while driving.  —  Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable …
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
Joey Celis / Download Squad:
Ubuntu mobile 8.0.4 now available to developers  —  Canonical has made the Mobile Internet Device (MID) version of Ubuntu available to developers.  Developers can now make the necessary changes to their desktop applications to better match the smaller screen sizes and processing power …
Discussion: OSDir.com
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
SLS and PhotoZoom updated to Silverlight 2 Beta 2  —  Just over two weeks after the release of Silverlight 2 Beta 2, Microsoft has updated Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live (SLS) to support the latest beta version.  SLS is a complementary service to Silverlight that allows developers …
 
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Business Wire:
Lawsuit Filed By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Alleges Google Misapp …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Slashdot
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
T-Mobile not angling for land-line biz, CEO says
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Adobe swings out Acrobat 9
Discussion: Adobe and MacRumors
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social network Multiply goes premium
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
I'm sticking with Windows XP
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next New Networks Inks With Hulu, Yahoo, Metacafe
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mixx Gets Serious About Community Building
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Farewell then, Symbian  —  Epoc's journey: from world-beater to basket case