Friday is the official launch of the iPhone 3G and for those who want to follow all the gory details you can find it on TechRepublic’s sister outlets CNET and CBS News, which are teaming up for extensive coverage. Here’s the text of our press release outlining the coverage plans:

CBS News and, now part of the same CBS Corporation family, struck their second content-sharing arrangement in as many weeks with planned coverage of this Friday’s highly anticipated launch of the iPhone 3G.

CBS News and will begin covering the unveiling starting at 7:30 AM on CBS’s THE EARLY SHOW, with CBS Tech Correspondent Daniel Sieberg live at the Fifth Avenue Manhattan Apple Store before its doors open to the public at 8:00 AM. Inside the EARLY SHOW studio, CNET’s Natali Del Conte will provide viewers with a look at Apple iPhone 3G alternatives.

Immediately following the broadcast, viewers can go directly to where Sieberg and Del Conte will continue live coverage from the Manhattan Apple store. Also on, Brian Cooley and Tom Merritt will host a special edition of CNET Live, and will take live calls from viewers from its San Francisco studio. Viewers can send their questions via email at or can call 888-900-CNET (2638) to speak directly with the CNET editors. Throughout the day, CBS and CNET will continue to provide coverage to local TV and radio stations. Also, CNET will feature iPhone 3G-related videos, stories, and an in-depth review on their site. A full line up of coverage will be available at

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