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1:40 PM ET, June 26, 2007

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
AT&T and Apple Announce Simple, Affordable Service Plans for iPhone  —  All Plans Include Unlimited Data & Visual Voicemail  —  AT&T Inc. and Apple® today announced three simple, affordable service plans for iPhone™ which start at just $59.99 per month.
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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple and AT&T Announce iTunes Activation and Sync for iPhone  —  Already Familiar to Tens of Millions of iPod Users  —  Apple® and AT&T Inc. today announced that iPhone™ users will be able to activate their new iPhones using Apple's popular iTunes® software running on a PC …
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
AT&T iPhone Plans Revealed
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
AT&T and Apple announce service plans, iTunes activation for iPhone
Discussion: Channel 9 and TechSpot News
Ian C Rogers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Music goes radio silent  —  Apologies to anyone who was hoping to listen to free LAUNCHcast today.  We're shutting down the Internet's #1 radio service for the day to draw attention to the outrageous rates recently set by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, D.C.
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BBC:
'Day of silence' for US web radio  —  Web radio broadcasters across the US will hold a "day of silence" on Tuesday in protest at plans to hike royalty payments when music is played online.  —  The plan - due to come into force on 15 July - could cost webcasters around $1bn in additional administration fees, protesters claim.
Discussion: Techscape
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Web Radio Stations Hope Silence Speaks Volumes About Fee Hike  —  No, music fans, there isn't a problem with your Web connection — it's just that many Internet radio stations are deliberately offline today.  —  Many Web-based music services and some conventional radio stations …
Discussion: IP Democracy, Digital Daily and The 463
David George-Cosh / Globe and Mail:
Net radio battles royalty ruling with silence
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
GOOGLE EARTH ANNOUNCES FORMAL NONPROFIT INITIATIVE  —  At an event in Google's New York offices on Tuesday, the company unveiled a new initiative to make its Google Earth geography software a more accessible tool for nonprofit organizations.  —  "We're now officially launching …
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:   Google Earth Outreach To Aid Nonprofits
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Flickr Photos Integrated into Yahoo Image Search  —  Yahoo Image Search has added Flickr images into its image index.  Now, Yahoo Image Search is serving over 300 million Flickr photos in its query results via a live feed from Flickr; so once an image is uploaded to a Flickr account, it's available via Yahoo Image Search too.
Chris Williams / The Register:
IBM turbo charges world's fastest supercomputer  —  Blue Gene has long division licked.  Next: killer sudoku  —  IBM has unleashed a new iteration of its chess-playing powerhouse Blue Gene, which it also reckons is useful in academic and commercial fields like drug discovery and mineral exploration.
Discussion: Inquirer and Computerworld
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Robert Mullins / PC World:
Sun Supercomputer Waits on AMD Chips
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Inquirer
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Digitalsmiths's VideoSense gets $6 million  —  And the video advertising buildup continues.  Latest to claim a share of the projected $4.8 billion video advertising market is the North Carolina based 9 year old company, Digitalsmiths Corporation.  This company announced today that it has raised …
Discussion: alarm:clock and WebProNews
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Digitalsmiths Gets $6M for Video Ads
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Sorry CNET, You've Mistaken Me For Someone Who Gives A Damn  —  The blogosphere (but not CNET) seems to have moved on from this weekend's diversionary game of whack-a-blogger.  Valleywag started the mud slinging by suggesting that a bunch of FM authors, including me, were taking payoffs to write advertising content.
USA Today:
U.S. Net access not all that speedy  —  The USA trails other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet access and may never catch up unless quick action is taken by public-policymakers, a report commissioned by the Communications Workers of America warns.
Seobook / Threadwatch.org:
Closing Threadwatch This Friday  —  I hate to do this, but this Friday I am closing Threadwatch.  I don't think the site died at any specific point, it has been more of a process, which I will outline below:  —  When the site was created it was designed to be controvercial and push the edges.
Michael Foroobar / VentureBeat:
Lijit raises $3.3M for intimate blog search  —  Lijit, a provider of a more extensive search service for blogs, has said it raised a $3.3M second round of funding.  —  Lijit, of Louisville, Colorado, doesn't limit readers to searching blog posts.  It also provides them results …
Glenn Fleishman / New York Post:
DON'T GET 'HUNG UP' ON BUYING AN IPHONE  —  TENS of thousands of people are expected to line up this Friday for themost hyped gadget of the decade - the iPhone.  —  Don't be one of them.  —  Oh, it's a technological marvel.  But Apple's all-in-one handheld isn't the best cellphone …
Discussion: Epicenter, Inquirer and SMS Text News
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Modder faces jail time after raid turns up counterfeit games, mod chips  —  A San Diego-area man has been arrested and charged with 10 felonies relating to selling pirated games and modding consoles.  Frederick Brown was taken into custody earlier this month after his home was raided …
BBC:
EC threat to BBC over downloads  —  The BBC has been accused of forcing people to use Microsoft operating systems and has been threatened with a complaint to the European Commission.  —  The charge concerns the use of Microsoft technology in the corporation's forthcoming iPlayer.
Discussion: Slashdot
Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Canada  —  By Heri Rakotomalala of Montreal Tech Watch  —  Canadians use the Internet more than anyone in the world.  According to comScore, Canadians spend on average 39.6 hours per month on the Internet, followed by Israel at 37.4 and South Korea at 34, while the USA is in 8th position with 29.4.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
 
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