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8:35 PM ET, June 26, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
The iPhone Is Breakthrough Handheld Computer  —  One of the most important trends in personal technology over the past few years has been the evolution of the humble cellphone into a true handheld computer, a device able to replicate many of the key functions of a laptop.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype  —  Talk about hype.  In the last six months, Apple's iPhone has been the subject of 11,000 print articles, and it turns up about 69 million hits on Google.  Cultists are camping out in front of Apple stores; bloggers call it the "Jesus phone."
USA Today:
Apple's iPhone isn't perfect, but it's worthy of the hype  —  The mania over Apple's iPhone launch has created stratospheric expectations that are near impossible to live up to.  Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth lusting after.  —  That's saying a lot.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
John Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Shut Up About the iPhone, Already!  —  This is the last week of Apple iPhone hype, hyperbole, and hand-wringing.  Oh wait, I mean the last week of pre-iPhone hype, hyperbole, and hand-wringing—we have a few more post-iPhone months left on the calendar.  I am sick of it.  It's all anyone talks about.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Scobleizer and IntoMobile
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 …
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
First Look: Test Driving the iPhone  —  A first look at the most eagerly anticipated gizmo ever.  —  A couple of weeks ago I went to Pittsburgh for what I thought would be a day trip.  Since I was headed back that evening, I didn't take my laptop, but because of thunderstorms across the Eastern Seaboard …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
How does the iPhone stack up in total cost?  —  It's no secret or surprise that Apple pushed AT&T into whipping up some new plans for the iPhone — specialness aside, one look at AT&T and users can get lost in its myriad plans, 44 in all (including prepaid, data, etc.).
Discussion: Jay & Silent Rob
Ben Popken / Consumerist:
Apple: 6 Ways To Cancel Any Cellphone So You Can Get An iPhone
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple Stores to temporarily close at 2pm on Friday  —  We already know that AT&T retail stores plan on closing early on Friday—around 4 or 4:30pm—and then re-opening at 6pm for the iPhone launch.  This is so that they can prepare for what they have ever-so-creatively dubbed the "iDay."
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Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
New Yorkers camp out for iPhone despite summer heat
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Pogue's Posts
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
LinkedIn marks progress to IPO, hires ex-Tivo CFO  —  Armed with a bevy of new managers from top Silicon Valley firms and explosively growing revenues, business networking site LinkedIn Corp. is gearing up to become one of the first big post-dotcom Internet IPOs.
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.
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Flickr Photos Integrated into Yahoo Image Search
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Tom Ivan / Next Generation:
'Vista-Only' Titles Cracked  —  Hacking group warez has released a patch allowing gamers to run Halo 2 and Shadowrun, both released by Microsoft as Windows Vista-only titles, on the firm's older Windows XP operating system.  —  It had been claimed that neither title would be able …
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Vista-only game cracked to run on XP
Discussion: DailyTech
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Internet Radio "Day of Silence" hushes thousands of stations  —  Today is June 26, and that means that it's the Internet radio Day of Silence.  The Day of Silence was organized by Radio Internet Newsletter publisher Kurt Hanson in order to protest against retroactive royalty rate increases …
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Brad Kava / Mercury News:   Day of silence for Net broadcasters
Inside AdSense:
We go round and round  —  As you'll recall, we recently introduced new formats for AdSense ads.  This week, we've added a new dimension for publishers in customizing these ad formats.  You've long been able to customize the size and colors of your ad units; now, you can also customize …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook for the Enterprise = Facebook  —  Guest post: AccMan blogger and deep thinker on enterprise software Dennis Howlett, offers his take on Facebook as an enterprise, not just consumer, play and patches together opinions from the Enterprise Irregulars:  —  Facebook is a phenomenon that's capturing enterprisey attention.
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Fake iPhones: a retrospective
Thomas Hawk / Official Zooomr Blog:
ZOOOMR LAUNCHES PAID PRO ACCOUNTS [NOW WITH VIDEO]
Discussion: Webware.com and Mashable!
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Are The RIAA's Investigation Techniques Illegal?
Discussion: dslreports.com
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL launches new blog-like news site
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones, News Corp. Agree On Set of Editorial Protections
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Modder faces jail time after raid turns up counterfeit games, mod chips
Seobook / Threadwatch.org:
Closing Threadwatch This Friday
USA Today:
U.S. Net access not all that speedy