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3:54 AM ET, June 21, 2011

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Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: Tiered Data Plans Headed to Verizon July 7, Packages Start at $30 for 2GB  —  We knew that July 7 was going to mark the beginning of something after Verizon extended out the free 4G hotspot promo one more time to the 6th, but what we weren't 100% sure of was if it would have to do with tiered data.
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Verizon Dropping Unlimited Data Plan Next Month
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Security Bug Made Passwords Optional For Four Hours  —  This morning a post on Pastebin outlined a serious security issue that was spotted at Dropbox: for a brief period of time, the service allowed users to log into accounts using any password.  In other words, you could log …
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Arash Ferdowsi / The Dropbox Blog:
Yesterday's Authentication Bug  —  Yesterday we made a code update at 1:54pm Pacific time that introduced a bug affecting our authentication mechanism.  We discovered this at 5:41pm and a fix was live at 5:46pm.  A very small number of users (much less than 1 percent) logged in during that period …
Heidi / Nokia Conversations:
Introducing the Nokia N9: all it takes is a swipe!  —  SINGAPORE - At the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today, Nokia introduced the Nokia N9, the first-ever pure touch smartphone that is all about making things simpler.  Nokia N9 focuses on the most important things that people do …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nokia Introduces N9, Reiterates First Windows Phones Will Ship This Year
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Introducing SkyDrive for the modern web, built using HTML5  —  We're committed to making SkyDrive the best place to get access to your content from anywhere, collaborate on Office docs, and share photos.  Mike recently talked about how we're delivering access to your information seamlessly across devices - starting with Windows Phone.
Foursquare Blog:
Wow!  The foursquare community has over 10,000,000 members!  —  And, to commemorate this pretty crazy occasion, we put together a little infographic.  Be sure to click through to see it bigger; if you're anything like us, watching the full-size animated map puts butterflies in your tummy.
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Frederic Lardinois / @fredericl:   good for 4sq that they managed to register 10 million accounts. But that number is meaningless. How many are active? http://shrty.us/kgTwTp
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Tried And Failed To Make A Black MacBook Air?  —  Apple did indeed test out a black powder-coated MacBook Air, but the treatment absorbed body oils and didn't live up to Steve's standards, according to an anonymous Apple employee.  —  This employee got in touch after we wrote about emails …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Caterina Fake Raising $2M for New Social Start-Up  —  Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch and an investor in companies like Etsy, has a new start-up that she says will be consumer-facing and social.  —  She's raising what looks like a $2 million round, according to an SEC filing …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Often Blindside Companies
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Could Haunt You For Seven Years  —  These privacy sunglasses are seeming like more of a necessity  —  Last week, the Federal Trade Commission gave a stamp of approval to a background check company that screens job applicants based on their Internet photos and postings.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
If You Use All Your iCloud Storage, Apple Sends You This Email  —  A reader sent us this email he received from the “MobileMe Quota Service”, informing that he was using 4.2GB of his 5GB of free iCloud storage.  —  The email notes that once the storage is full, iOS devices will no longer …
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
THEY STILL EXIST: Startups That Survived The Dot-Com Bust And Are Ready To Cash In On The New Boom  —  Pandora's recent IPO is a good reminder that the tech industry is sometimes a game of attrition.  —  The company was founded in 1999 and struggled for years — founder Tim Westergren went through …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Consumers Don't Want Tablets, They Want iPads  —  A theory: Though consumers desire the iPad for the functions it performs, they want it more for what it is.  Just as many preferred the iPod to the generic MP3 player, so too do they prefer the iPad to the generic “tablet.”
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
LightSquared cuts base station power by 50% to halt GPS interference  —  Mobile network LightSquared today said it has a solution to the problem of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers that will allow the company to proceed with the construction of its new hybrid satellite/cellular data network.
Discussion: CNET News, Engadget and Electronista
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Seesmic dumps BlackBerry: Start of a stampede?  —  Seesmic, a popular third-party Twitter client for desktop and mobile devices, today announced it would end support for BlackBerry handsets at the end of June.  In a blog post today, the company shared the news, saying the reason for the decision is …
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF and Bitcoin  —  For several months, EFF has been following the movement around Bitcoin, an electronic payment system that touts itself as “the first decentralized digital currency.”  We helped inform our members about this unique project through our blog and we experimented …
Discussion: Naked Security, @mkapor and @counternotions, Thanks:bskingdom
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE  —  ‘Screw your BOFH.  Install our plug-in’  —  Google has released a new version of Chrome Frame - the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser - letting users install the plug-in even when they …
Discussion: Chromium Blog
Thea / Groublogpon:
The Groupon Guide to the “Quiet Period”  —  At the bottom of each Daily Groupon feature, users can find Groupon the Cat, slouching majestically across a cloud of pure wisdom.  Groupon dispenses ancient truisms that still have relevance to our modern lives, as evidenced by today's entry:
Brian / Uber Blog:
Uber Drops Fares 50% For SF Taxi Strike  —  Tomorrow is going to be a tough day for getting around in San Francisco.  Taxi drivers are going on strike, and while they circle City Hall in hopes of getting a better deal, Uber is making sure to do our part to keep San Francisco moving.
Discussion: @marshallk, Examiner and TechCrunch
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Technology writer Helft leaves NYT for Fortune  —  Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer writes in a memo that Miguel Helft “has made a name for himself over the past five years, covering technology companies including Google, Apple, and Facebook on the Business Desk. ...
Discussion: @mlcalderone and @natives
Brooke Crothers / CNet News:
Intel adds Sandy Bridge chips for ultraslim laptops  —  Intel has added three power-frugal Sandy Bridge chip models to its lineup, while a research note Monday from a Gleacher & Company analyst says the chipmaker will boost its presence in the burgeoning market for ultrathin laptops like the MacBook Air.
Charles Newark-French / Flurry:
Mobile Apps Put the Web in Their Rear-view Mirror  —  Although the Internet entered the mainstream a mere 15 years ago, life without it today is nearly incomprehensible.  And our use of the web has rapidly changed as well.  In simple terms, it has evolved from online directories (Yahoo!) …
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint proposes ways for AT&T to meet demand growth without T-Mobile  —  Sprint is one of the biggest opponents to the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.  So how is Sprint trying prevent FCC approval now?  By giving AT&T some advice.  —  The nation's third largest carrier is expected …
Discussion: CNET News and Gizmodo
 
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Google disputes possible $6B Java lawsuit price-tag
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Really Going on With Facebook's Mobile Plans? An Explainer for the Rest of Us.
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC to fight ‘cramming’ on phone bills
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNET News.com, Thanks:stiffjab
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Righthaven Loss: Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Companies Push for Tax Break on Foreign Cash
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Android Honeycomb 3.2 coming this summer, will support 7-inch screens, Qualcomm processors
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Officially Acquires “AirDrop” & Files for “Photo Stream” Trademark in Canada
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Loop
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google To FCC: Stop Letting The Voice Network Tail Wag The Internet Dog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Lulzsec and Anonymous Declare Open War Against All Governments and Fat Cats