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11:50 AM ET, July 5, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 3G lines start at the Apple Cube... one week early  —  So we heard some really over-eager folks have decided to get a jump on the iPhone 3G line — a really, really big jump.  Obviously, we had to head down and see if it was true... and it is.  Right now, about ten people have started …
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
On Day Care, Google Makes a Rare Fumble  —  Two months ago, Google held a series of secret focus groups with employees who have children in Google's day care facilities.  The purpose was to gauge their reaction to the company's plan to raise the amount it charged for in-house day care by 75 percent.
Daniel Ratner / Google LatLong:
Tour the Tour de France with Street View  —  One of the things I look forward to every summer is the Tour de France.  I'm always fascinated when I hear about the hairpin turns and steep climbs.  To bring the Tour de France to life and help you experience it stage by stage …
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BBC:
Google ‘faces Street View block’  —  Google's plans to launch a mapping tool in the UK could be referred to the Information Commissioner.  —  Street View matches photos of locations to maps, including passers-by who were captured as the photograph was taken.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Merchants angry over getting yanked by Yelp  —  Four years ago, Geri Rebstock started using Yelp, a popular site for consumers to review local businesses and services.  She critiqued her favorite veterinarian, a neighborhood print shop and an acupuncturist who took care of her bad wrist.
YouTube Blog:
The Law and Your Privacy  —  As you may have seen in the news, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing data from our database, including usernames and IP addresses.  In order to protect our community's privacy, we strongly opposed this motion when Viacom and others filed it.
Swati Pandey / Los Angeles Times:
Digital download model puts song exposure above sales  —  Some artists are using the pay-what-you-want option.  But industry experts question the plan's long-term worth.  —  Mash-up artist Girl Talk's new album, “Feed the Animals” comes with some impressive numbers: About 300 sampled songs …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top Torrent Sites Ranked by Google  —  BitTorrent's popularity is growing every day.  Despite the lawsuits that some of the larger torrent sites are involved in, they continue to grow traffic wise.  Let's take a look at how Google ranks the top torrent sites.
Discussion: DSLreports
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Why Microsoft will win Yahoo  —  To understand Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo, you have to take a clear-eyed look at Google.  It's not the greatest tech company after all.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — In the end, Microsoft is almost surely going to end up owning Yahoo's search business.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Finally, A Windows Mobile Facebook App!  —  For users of the Windows Mobile platform, visiting Facebook while on the go meant loading up the mobile web page in their device's browser.  Meanwhile, Blackberry users have had their own downloadable app since late 2007.
Nate True's Weblog:
Tap Tap Revolution coming to the iPhone App Store as “Tap Tap Revenge”  —  I know I've been silent for a while on the Tap Tap front, but now I can break the news!  Tap Tap Revolution has been bought by a new company called Tapulous, and they've hired me on as a developer to maintain TTR.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Announcing Tech.NewsJunk.Com  —  There's a new site on the net today:  —  http://tech.newsjunk.com/  —  It's the counterpart to the political NewsJunk, which is focused on news of the 2008 presidential campaign.  The Tech site is focused on technology product news.
Discussion: Scobleizer, WinExtra and broadstuff
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Matias Duarte, designer behind Sidekick and Helio, now developing Palm's next-gen UI
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BSA slams EC's ‘narrow-minded’ interoperability vision
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