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1:00 PM ET, June 30, 2008

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Unprecedented Pent-Up Demand’ For Apple iPhone 3G, RBC Says  —  More good news for Apple (AAPL) ahead of the 3G iPhone launch, scheduled for next Friday, July 11.  Consumers have “unprecedented” demand for Apple's phone, according to new data from RBC's Technology Adoption Panel.
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:   iPhone will ship in green packaging
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed.  —  In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of …
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Erin Barker / Contentinople:
News Bits: Google Will Hunt You Down
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
The “Family Guy” Strikes A Side Deal With Google, Keeps His $100M Day Job With Fox
Discussion: yardley.ca
RealNetworks.com:
RHAPSODY LAUNCHES “MUSIC WITHOUT LIMITS” INITIATIVE ACROSS WEB, SOCIAL NETWORKS AND MOBILE  —  New Rhapsody MP3 Store Opens Virtual Doors with 100,000 Album Giveaway  —  Rhapsody to Power Full-Song Playback and MP3 Sales for iLike, MTV Networks' Music Group Sites and Yahoo!
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Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
Rhapsody's new MP3 store offers full song previews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Goodbye, XP.  Hello, Midori  —  June 30 is the day that Microsoft begins phasing out Windows XP by no longer providing copies of the operating system to PC makers and retailers for preloading on new machines.  It's also a good day (thanks to a recent New York Times opinion piece) …
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Associated Press:
Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers Monday, despite protests from a slice of PC users who don't want to be forced into using XP's successor, Vista.
Discussion: Startup Meme and TechCrunch
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony to bring the social to PlayStation 3 with firmware 2.40  —  While the PlayStation 3 has gone through an impressive metamorphosis since release, the social aspects of the system still leave much to be desired: there is no good way to communicate to people on your friends list across different games …
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
PS3 firmware update ratchets up competition with Xbox 360  —  Now you can collect trophies and compare your accomplishments against your friends  —  Bit by bit, the PlayStation 3 is catching up to the Xbox 360, its biggest rival.  —  The Xbox 360, with its one year head start …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook's Board Of Directors  —  Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning and the former CTO of AOL, is adding a new notch in his belt: he has joined the board of directors of Facebook, two sources close to the company confirmed to us …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Lenovo announces its first desktop, IdeaCentre K210  —  Today marks a new day for Lenovo with the announcement of its first desktop, the IdeaCentre K210.  For all intents and purposes, it's just a desktop but it pulls a couple things from the laptop line that are unique and cool, like Veriface facial recognition technology.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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Business Wire:
Lenovo Enters Global Consumer Desktop Market With “IdeaCentre” Brand
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PCs with bigger keyboards  —  Asustek Computer is planning to launch new Eee PC models, the 904 and 905, which have an 8.9-inch panel but use a similar chassis and keyboard as the company's 10.2-inch models, according to sources at channel vendors.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's Platform A: We'll pay Bebo, Facebook developers top pennies  —  AOL's Platform A said Monday that it will offer Bebo and Facebook application developers “a guaranteed CPM” for U.S. traffic and says the ad rate is one of the highest in the industry.  —  However, there are a few caveats …
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
No, Mr Kelly, I'm afraid the internet is not as clever as a single (human) brain  —  Kevin Kelly, one of the people behind Wired magazine, has come up with a stonking idea to follow up from Chris Anderson's (to be honest rather wonky) suggestion that “science is dead because search engines can do it for us” last week.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphone battle royale: The land grab is good for buyers  —  Research in Motion misses its first quarter earnings target and cuts its outlook slightly.  Palm has a hit with the Centro, but continues to disappoint.  And Sony Ericsson sees a rough second quarter on “moderating demand of mid …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Encyclopedia Gets New Push From Discovery  —  On the Internet, there's an answer to every question — even “how are marshmallows made?” and “how do toilets work?”  The Web site HowStuffWorks wants to remind television viewers and Web visitors that it knows how.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Hilary Goldstein / IGN:
Rock Band 2: The Opening Act  —  We blow the lid off one of the biggest sequels of 2008.  —  Rock Band is ready for a comeback tour.  Today, Harmonix announced Rock Band 2 is set to ship for Xbox 360 this September and PS3 later in the year.  However, the official announcement of Rock Band 2 …
 
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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
The Steve Jobs Premium
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Maps Deal With Tele Atlas
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Not strictly for the headstrong: overclocking your Mac Pro
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The iPhone in Hong Kong: A bargain at $24 a month
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office discovers web forms, online submissions
Discussion: TeleRead
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Software: Here Come The CMS Vendors
InfoWorld:
MSI Wind mini-desktop with Intel's Atom to debut in July
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
First Dash Express Update Issued, Available via WiFi
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Open source router from Netgear offers custom apps and firmware
InfoWorld:
Software group to promote Macs in the enterprise
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Free search engine optimization tips for beginners
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Join Together To Head Off Patent Suits
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
OpenTable seats 3M diners a month, releases mobile version
Discussion: Bits, TechCrunch and Darla Mack