Get ready for the iPhone launch on June 29

For the fanatics looking to be one of the first to have the iPhone, June 29th is the much awaited day when the iPhone hits the stores (only available at Apple and AT&T stores and on Apple and AT&T web sites). Lines are expected to be long, so better hurry and get there early (may be a couple of days early).

Neither AT&T nor Apple is accepting pre-orders for the phone, so it will be first-come, first served at more than 1,800 AT&T and nearly 200 Apple stores, plus the Apple website.

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Backlash on “Street View” is great publicity for Google Maps

Google maps has a new “Street View” that shows a street-level view of a location. It currently has panoramic views of miles of streets around San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver.

These pictures were taken in real-life, so people that were nearby when the camera was passing by are also captured in the photo (pictures are static and are not updated usually). Some of these pictures are damning (see below photo of a man entering an Adult Book Store)

Google Maps Street Views

 

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Will Apple sell 10 million iPhones in 2008?

The iPhone will be launched in the US in June, according to Steve Jobs, and given his bold prediction of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008, its now time to think whether this is achievable.

There’s plenty of opinion on whether Apple will sell 10 million iPhones in 2008. Alex Zaharov-Reutt in Why Apple will sell 10 million iPhones in 2008 thinks so, while Eric Zeman in Can Apple Really Sell 10 Million iPhones?, the Gizmodo article by Matt Buchanan Forbes Analyst: 10 Million iPhones? Good Luck, and Lance Davis in Why Apple won’t sell 10 million iPhones in 2008 doubt it.

The question is, what will it take to sell 10 million iPhones in 2008?

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Blockbuster, Best Buy to offer online movie downloads

Apparently Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer had told industry analysts that Best Buy and Blockbuster are set to enter the growing movie download business during a conference call yesterday (see Studio CEO: Blockbuster, Best Buy to launch movie download services). While neither company has officially announced it, this is how Feltheimer spilled the bean “We have nearly a dozen active agreements in place for digital delivery of our content with such major players as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Blockbuster, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, with more to follow”.

Full length movie downloads will take many hours to download at current broadband speeds) – but this is the future. But in the meantime, Netflix, Walmart, and Amazon (among others) already offer online movie downloads, so retailers have to respond or risk losing business (remember how Blockbuster lost in-store customers to Netflix’s mail-in DVDs).

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Is Microsoft’s patent claims a real threat to open source?

Microsoft claims that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. In a recent interview with Fortune, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and licensing chief Horacio Gutierrez alleged that FOSS infringes on no fewer than 235 Microsoft patents.

According to Fortune, they further allege that the Linux kernel, which is the brain behind the Linux system and the core component common to all Linux variants, violates 42 Microsoft patents, while its user interface and other design elements infringe on a further 65. OpenOffice.org, the open source alternative to the Microsoft Office Suite, is accused of infringing 45, e-mail programs of violating 15, and other software programs/apps of infringing on 68 Microsoft patents.

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