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  iLounge got their hands on a picture of the two iPhones lying next to each other, or at least the back shell of an iPhone 3G and OG iPhone.   Finally, you can harshly judge each iPhone less on its merits, and more on its sexiness. Which iPhone back do you prefer?

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  The Times Online warns UK iPhone users of the high price of downloading data outside of the country.  Apple’s UK partner, service provider O2, allows unlimited downloads within the country, but once abroad downloading fees are applied.  Charges range from £3 (roughly $6) per MB on data downloaded in the EU to £6 in the rest of the world.

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  AppleInsider is reporting that customers who want their iPhone service pre-paid may be paying more than $600 for the device. A report from Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster,  estimates that 53 percent of the new iPhone 3G’s market is made up of customers who forgo service agreements and go the pre-paid route.  But, if they want the new iPhone 3G they’ll be paying a hefty price. As Apple charges an average of $425 per handset, the estimate assumes that carriers will tack on another $175 or so to make a profit. With a price more than three-times the subsidized price, it is estimated that only 10-15% of iPhone 2.0 users, mostly international customers, will go with a pre-paid plan. AT&T has yet to announce an unsubsidized price for the iPhone 3G in the United States. 

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Japanese iPhone 3G Price Set

 SoftBank Mobile Corp. has announced they will be selling the iPhone 3G in Japan for $215 8GB and $320 16GB. iPhone customers will recieve a discounted price on mobile internet, $56 instead of the regular, $91 for unlimited internet access on other smartphones.   Customers will have to sign a two-year contract with the carrier in order to qualify for the subsidized prices. The iPhone is expected to face an uphill battle winning over the hearts of Japanese mobile customers. The country is saturated with mobile devices and many of those devices have features beyond that of the iPhone, including the ability to watch live TV. The iPhone will go on sale in Japan on July 11.

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  University of South Florida Students, Rodrigo Guiterrez and Jeff Craig, created a native iPhone app to control iRobot's Packbot over Wi-Fi.Check out the video after the jump.  

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 Army Retail Strong  The U.S. Army recruiting center in New York City looks like a standard office, with desks and PCs. Pictures of the newest recruits line an office wall, and posters of soldiers dominate the other side. At the far end is a doctor’s scale. And except for two friendly recruiters (one of whom is surprisingly tech-savvy), the center is empty. The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue is white and clean, and bustling with activity. Patrons glide from station to station, playing with the iPods, checking their email at the computers. At any given moment, a dozen employees are answering questions or demonstrating their favorite tech toys. Business is brisk. 

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  SecureMac has issued a security advisory that it has discovered multiple variants of a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects OS X 10.4 and 10.5. The Trojan horse is being distributed via a hacker website where there are discussions to distribute the Trojan horse via iChat and LimeWire. The Trojan horse is distributed as a compiled AppleScript, called ASthtv05 (60 KB) or an application, AStht_v06 (3.1 MB). The end user must download and open the Trojan horse in order for it to infect their computer. The Trojan horse allows for remote access of the system and can transmit sensitive information, including keystrokes and passwords. Be careful out there everyone.   

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iPhone 3G - It's like a magical money tree.   According to Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner, AT&T is paying a subsidy of $325 for each new iPhone 3G. The typical smartphone gets a subsidy of about $200. The analyst goes on to state this high rate "reflects AT&T's faith in the iPhone's ability to attract new subs and increase ARPU (average revenue per user)." If the trucks of cash headed to Apple weren't full enough, AT&T will pay $100 for each new subscription that signs up at the Apple Store. That means, for every iPhone sold at the Apple Store, AT&T will pay Apple a total of $425. The analyst doesn't state if there is a price difference for the 8GB and 16GB models. No wonder AT&T is charging $5 for 200 text messages. Via AppleInsider

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More Than 5 Billion Served

How do you like them numbers, Apple? Five billion songs sold so far, and 50,000 movies every day.  Apple has announced that the iTunes Store has sold more than 5 billion songs. (I wonder how many copies of "The Final Countdown" that includes, other than the one I'm currently rocking out to. Wow, currently unavailable in the U.S. store, too -- do I have a limited edition on my hands? I digress...)  But we know what those 5 billion didn't include: Yes, the Beatles, who are still absent. And a few others, like Kid Rock, who recently told the BBC that he's not in the store yet because the model doesn't pay artists fairly, just Apple and the record labels. But he's a smart dude and figures he'll wind up there eventually "because I can't avoid it." (Resistance being futile and all...) Another holdout is Garth Brooks, because he wants fans to buy his full albums, not individual songs. Ropin' the Wind has no throwaway tracks, darn it, none! It'd be like listening to an opera all out of order, or while jamming a stick in your eye. Anyway, Apple also had news to share about its movie business, announcing that it's renting and selling more than 50,000 movies per day. The company didn't split out how many are rented versus sold, so it's probably more rentals. Still, 1.5 million movies per month is nothing to sneeze at.  Do you rent movies through iTunes? Did you know about the special 99-cent movie rental of the week? Currently it's The Magnificent Seven (which is in iTunes here). I still wish I could rent TV shows (especially this one), but that probably won't happen anytime soon.

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  Come on, Steve only makes a dollar, so what's the big deal? Well, this: It's come to light that Apple's software engineers make significantly less than their counterparts at other Silicon Valley companies. New startup Glassdoor collected the salary information (seen here in handy bar-chart format), finding that Apple engineers make $89K while Microsoft and Yahoo pay $105K and Google more than $112K.  So now people are wondering if the company will experience a talent exodus, be forced to raise salaries, or merely remain secure in its belief that the employees want to work at Apple because it's Apple. Blogger Oren Hurvitz then calculated what the lower salaries may have meant to Apple's bottom line in recent years, with interesting results, while CNET's Matt Asay points out that they get stock too. (Check out the back-and-forth in the comments about whether those stock options are really worth the lower salary, especially with the roller-coaster ride Apple stock has been on lately.) What do you think, would you be cool with making $19K less if it meant you were working at 1 Infinite Loop and not...wherever Yahoo's building is? Or do you think Apple should share the wealth a little more? (Or do you just wish you had a job?) Sound off in the comments -- you know you want to.