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4:20 PM ET, June 21, 2007


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USA Today:
AT&T girds for iPhone launch on June 29  —  For consumers eager to get their hands on an Apple iPhone, here's the good news: It will be available in all 1,800 AT&T phone stores at 6 p.m. sharp on June 29.  —  The bad news?  "We fully expect one or more of our stores to run out of stock …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
AT&T denies 6/29 rate plan claim, will announce earlier  —  According to AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, a report today that AT&T will wait until the day of iPhone's launch to disclose rate plans for the device is inaccurate.  "We will disclose before the 29th," said Siegel …
AT&T hires extra 2,000 for iPhone launch
Discussion: CNET and Macsimum News
Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Sony, Nintendo forbid AO-rated Manhunt 2  —  Console-makers confirm policies preventing licensed third parties from releasing Adults Only games on their systems, effectively banning the Rockstar title.  —  When Take-Two Interactive yesterday confirmed that the Entertainment Software Rating Board handed …
Banned video game is 'fine art'
Australia Will Join Manhunt 2 Ban, Report Says
Discussion: Smarthouse, Joystiq, Kotaku and Go Nintendo
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Apple Suck-Up Watch  —  IT'S NOT JUST A NEW KIND OF CELL PHONE, IT'S A CULTURAL WATERSHED!  —  iPhone  —  The press corps' love for all things Apple routinely swells and bursts in a dewy explosion whenever the company readies a new gizmo for sale.  Like the Detroit automakers of yore …
Valleywag:   Talking Points: Three defenses for iPhone hype
Michael Tiemann / Open Source Initiative:
Will The Real Open Source CRM Please Stand Up?  —  Dana Blankenhorn's story How far can open source CRM get? has finally pushed me to respond to the many people who have asked "When is the OSI going to stand up to companies who are flagrantly abusing the term 'open source'?"  The answer is: starting today.
Anne Broache / CNET
Internet radio to go silent on June 26?  —  If you depend on the sounds of Internet radio to get you through your workday, don't be surprised if your headphones pipe out little more than dead air next Tuesday.  —  In protest of the elevated royalty fees Webcasters are poised to begin owing …
Plans for "Day of Silence" rapidly taking shape
Discussion: Download Squad and p2pnet
Agence France Presse:
'Blog', 'cookie', 'wiki' top list of hated Internet words: poll  —  LONDON (AFP) - "Blog", "netiquette", "cookie" and "wiki" have been voted among the most irritating words spawned by the Internet, according to the results of a poll published Thursday.  — EU body to expand Web search probe, write to Google
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Instant Search Changes to Windows Vista Service Pack 1  —  Give Microsoft a bit of credit for its seemingly never-ending flexibility: In response to a horrifically baseless charge from Internet search giant Google, the software giant this week has agreed to make major changes to Windows Vista (see my review).
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google says Vista search changes not enough
Discussion: PC World
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital  —  Two more high-level Google engineers have left the Googleplex — this time to join well-known venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.  —  Bret Taylor (left) and Jim Norris (right), two of the masterminds behind Google Maps and several …
Sony to boost PS3 software to reverse slump: Nikkei  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp. (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) expects a sharp increase in the number of games released for the PlayStation 3 this business year, in a move that should help the game console's slumping sales …
A New Way to Pay - Google Expands Pay-Per-Action for Google AdWords™  —  Google announced today the worldwide expansion of its pay-per-action advertising beta.  Pay-per-action is a new pricing model that allows advertisers to pay only when a pre-defined action is completed on their site …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Verizon: More Upside to Come In Wireless  —  How do you get more than 100% of a market to buy product?  I'm not sure, but that's the contention of CIBC World Markets telecommunications analyst Tim Horan, who says that Verizon Communications's (VZ) Verizon Wireless has the opportunity to stay …
Discussion: Computerworld
USA Today:
Tech blogs go from hobbies to businesses  —  ATHERTON, Calif. — "Om (Malik) and I love scotch," Michael Arrington says.  "But we never drink anymore."  —  The two friends no longer have the time or energy, in part because they're too busy competing with each other.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Writers Write "B-Logs," Get Money
EU says Apple has responded to iTunes deadline; EU 'studying it carefully'  —  BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - The European Commission said Apple Inc responded to a midnight deadline yesterday in relation to antitrust concerns over the pricing of songs on its iTunes online music store.
Graham Holliday / Press Gazette:
BBC reporter tours Turkey in social media experiment  —  The BBC has dispatched reporter Ben Hammersley to spend two weeks using new social media web tools to cover the run-up to the July general election.  —  He will visit four cities and report for BBC World, World Service radio, News 24 and BBC News online.
Discussion: Ben Hammersley
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
EMI says DRM-free music is selling well  —  Early sales indicate that DRM-free music is noticeably more popular than DRMed music, EMI senior VP Lauren Berkowitz recently told Bloomberg.  The world's third-largest music label began selling its music without copyright protections …
Miguel de Icaza:
Implementing Silverlight in 21 Days  —  The past 21 days have been some of the most intense hacking days that I have ever had and the same goes for my team that worked 12 to 16 hours per day every single day —including weekends— to implement Silverlight for Linux in record time.  We call this effort Moonlight.
Discussion: Channel 9
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Short Descriptions Now Live  —  Ad descriptions longer than 70 characters on Yahoo! in the U.S. will now be cut off  —  Starting today, ads that appear in U.S. Yahoo! Search results with descriptions longer than 70 characters will be cut off ("truncated") at the nearest complete word, followed by an ellipsis.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
TOUCH ME, I'M SLICK  —  Microsoft's Multi-touch laptop, Based on the Surface Table
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Discussion: A VC
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Proposed Amendment Would Ban All DVD Copying
Discussion: Slashdot
Tom Krazit / CNET
Intel wants fair and balanced online gaming
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Yahoo! Acquires Rivals: Seemingly Smart Content Move, But Where's The Peanut Butter?
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LG Unveils Genuine Google Phone
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft says Zune still on track
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