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5:01 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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Kerry Woo / Gear Diary:
Let Freedom Ring (iPhone 3G style)  —  Our man on the street, Wayne Schulz (he's everywhere) just reported that the lines are beginning to form in front of the Apple Store in New York. … UPDATE: … Has camping out in line for Apple products taken precedent over football tickets or concerts?
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.
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.
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.
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Daniel Ratner / Google LatLong:
Tour the Tour de France with Street View
Discussion: Google Earth Blog
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS:
Google, privacy and Street View
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Problem With Identi.ca Is That It Is Not Twitter  —  The launch of Twitter clone Identi.ca earlier this week caused a bit of a blogstorm because it appears to have a solution to Twitter's all-too-regular downtime.  (That problem has reached comical proportions, with the familiar Twitter Fail Whale …
Curt / Committee to Protect Bloggers:
Iran Now to Kill Bloggers - Follow That, China!  —  In its never-ending pursuit of complete elimination of dissent, Iran is introducing a law to murder bloggers.  Cyrus Farivar, preparing an story of The World radio program, sent us a note with a link to this story on iAfrica.
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 and WinExtra
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.
Mark / dive into mark:
Adobe 9  —  Adobe® Reader® 9 is out.  It's now almost half as fast as Foxit Reader.  It lets you embed Flash in PDF and embed PDF in Flash.  Adobe supports both kinds of music, country and western.  They've also “conveniently” bundled Adobe® AIR™ for no apparent reason …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
German publishing giant Axel Springer switching to Mac  —  Here's an unexpected Independence Day gift for Apple.  —  Axel Springer AG, one of Europe's largest newspaper publishers, with 10,000 employees and more than 150,000 papers in 30 countries, including its flagship Die Welt …
Mark Blafkin / ACT:
European Commission's Own Goal on Standards  —  Last week, we put out a statement on the European Commission's most recent draft of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), which is focused on the noble goal of improving data sharing between national governments and the European Union itself.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BSA slams EC's ‘narrow-minded’ interoperability vision
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Matias Duarte, designer behind Sidekick and Helio, now developing Palm's next-gen UI
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What's in the Works at Strike.TV
Discussion: Reel Pop
Zhanyong Wan / Google Testing Blog:
Announcing: New Google C++ Testing Framework
Discussion: Beyond Search