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Microsoft Offering iPhone Developers "Buckets of Money" to go Zune?

Has Microsoft been approaching successful iPhone developers, offering "a bucket of money" for them to port their popular apps over to the new Zune HD platform? That's what Daring Fireball is hearing:

I got an email from the developer of an iPhone Twitter client. He was contacted by Microsoft a few months ago, with an offer to port his app to the Zune in exchange for “a bucket of money”. He turned them down, but assumes, as I do, that Microsoft reached out to the developers of multiple popular iPhone apps.

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Third Generation iPod touch Pricing at 16GB/32GB/64GB for $199/$299/$399?

Will the third generation iPod touch, widely expected to be released at Apple's next Music Event in September, weigh in at 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and be position at $199/$299/$399?

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Apple Special Music/iPod/iTunes/(iTablet?) Event Taking Place Sept. 8?

MediaMemo reports that multiple music industry sources have been informed that Apple's annual Special Music Event, typically involving iPod and iTunes, will take place the second week of September -- and since Apple usually holds these events on Tuesdays, that would make September 8 the day to watch.

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Quick WebApp: YouTube Optimizes for iPhone

Looks like YouTube is following parent-company Google's increasingly awesome mobile optimization initiative, announcing an iPhone-friendly version of the dominant media site. According to their official blog:

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Gizmodo: More (and Less) on the Apple iTablet

Gizmodo honcho Brian Lam claims to have received a cryptic call with nebulous details on the much-rumored Apple iTablet, shedding light and casting in shadow at the same time. Highlights:

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Fake or Really Fake? Apple iTablet UI Goes YouTube

It's just a snippet of the mythical iTablet user interface, and while Gizmodo is almost sure it's fake, Brian Lam holds one tiny breath of hope for it to be true. Either way, it's an interesting concept. We've heard rumors that, if Apple's tablet uses a version of the iPhone OS, it may run multiple iPhone apps as windows on the larger screen.

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5 Million iPhones Heading to China Unicom?

China Unicom, the second largest mobile carrier in the world's largest mobile market, has reportedly bought 5 million iPhones from Apple as it makes ready to launch the device in September.

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iPhone Market Share Continuing to Climb

The research firm Gartner reports that, for the second quarter of 2009, the iPhone continues to increase its market share on a world-wide level. In fact, it leads the way with the highest increase of market share, as sales increased by 10.5% from one year ago.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Goes Gold Master

Looks like the latest version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard might just have gone Gold Master according to Apple Insider, leading to expectation -- and anticipation -- of a shipping date as soon as a few weeks from now.

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