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2:50 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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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T memos detail iPhone 3G unbricking tool, crowd planning, more...  A recent series of internal memos from AT&T to its Mobility staffers reveal a variety of preparatory measures ahead of next month's iPhone launch, including the deployment of an iPhone 3G unbricking tool, ongoing 3G network optimizations …
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
iPhone will ship in green packaging  —  Apple's new iPhone 3G will be shipped on July 11 in a potato starch paper tray.  Apple placed an order with Dutch company PaperFoam, which also makes packages for Motorola.  —  The company confirmed this today to Dutch blog Bright.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Jay Yarow / Business Week:
Surge of New Software for the iPhone
Discussion: localmobilesearch.net
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!
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Recommendation Engine rolling out this week!  —  We're launching the Digg Recommendation Engine beginning this week.  The feature will be in beta and presented to registered Digg users first, based on a random sampling of logged-in users.  Look for the red beta flag on your Upcoming tab …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Leaked Screen Shots Of Mythical Digg Recommendation Engine
Discussion: Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Finishes Acquisition Of CNET; Leslie Moonves, Quincy Smith And Neil Ashe Address The Troops  —  CBS announced the closing of its acquisition of CNET today.  The deal, first announced last month, will bring CNET under the control of Quincy Smith's CBS Interactive division …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Quincy Smith Named CEO Of CBS Interactive, CNET  —  CBS completed its acquisition of CNET and chief executive Les Moonves named Quincy Smith, the dealmaker who pushed the acquisition, as CEO of the expanded digital unit.  —  Former CNET CEO Neil Ashe becomes president of CBS Interactive, reporting to Smith (SAI 100 #8).
Discussion: cbscorporation.com and HipMojo.com
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO): Yes, We Blew Microsoft Deal, But Please Don't Fire Us  —  As Yahoo's shareholder meeting looms and Yahoo's stock continues to drop, Yahoo (YHOO) management is pulling out all the stops to try to persuade you not to fire them.  —  The pitch?  This detailed slide show, filed with the SEC.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo unveils its version of timeline of failed Microsoft talks
Discussion: TG Daily
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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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:
Content management software vendors eye social networking  —  Content management software vendors are pondering social networking features and are expected to collaborate or acquire so-called white label networks to make their enterprise apps more social.  —  That's one of the takeaways from Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst at Forrester.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Software: Here Come The CMS Vendors
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
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 …
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 …
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Microsoft seeks next big idea in Cambridge  —  Creates new unit aimed at innovation  —  CAMBRIDGE - Microsoft Corp. is reinventing itself, and it's looking to One Memorial Drive for a dose of innovation.  —  That will be the home of Microsoft's Boston Concept Development Center …
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 …
coderrr:
Detecting SSH tunnels  —  Italian researchers have published a paper on the Detection of Encrypted Tunnels across Network Boundaries.  I came across it in a google search because I've been thinking of writing a program which does something similar.  It doesn't seem like anyone else has picked …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Discussion: Kotaku
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The Steve Jobs Premium
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Get a ticket, get a free gadget
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Maps Deal With Tele Atlas
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Encyclopedia Gets New Push From Discovery
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office discovers web forms, online submissions
Discussion: TeleRead
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
First Dash Express Update Issued, Available via WiFi
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Lenovo announces its first desktop, IdeaCentre K210
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
PS3 firmware update ratchets up competition with Xbox 360
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
No, Mr Kelly, I'm afraid the internet is not as clever as a single (human) brain
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants Join Together To Head Off Patent Suits