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6:30 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 …
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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 …
AppleInsider:
AT&T exec: iPhone data plans to be announced June 29th [Updated]
Discussion: CrunchGear
CNNMoney.com:
AT&T hires extra 2,000 for iPhone launch
Discussion: CNET News.com and Macsimum News
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
NEW ASK.COM COMMERCIAL: KATO  —  Just saw Ask.com's new commercial during Robot Chicken, and it's way better than the "Chicks With Swords" spot, if only because it didn't come off as misogynistic:  —  Got, I almost forgot about old Kato.  What the hell is he up to?
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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 …
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:   Flight of the Googlers: Benchmark Capital Raids Mountain View
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The ten most hated words on the Internet  —  The Internet has much to answer for, but one of its chiefest sins its relentless stupifidication of the English language.  And no, I did not just make up the word "stupifidication."  1  —  UK pollsters YouGov have just completed a survey …
Discussion: Snipperoo and digg
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Reuters:   Read a Blook or tried a Blog? Check the Netiquette
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.
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
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 …
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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).
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google says Vista search changes not enough
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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Valleywag:   Talking Points: Three defenses for iPhone hype
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress grills DHS CIO over repeated security breaches  —  Officials from the Department of Homeland Security faced Congressional grilling yesterday over the (lack of) security on DHS computer networks.  The department charged with safeguarding America's borders, ports …
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Computerworld:   House panel blasts DHS CIO for security failures
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.
Xenon / Surfin' Safari:
Yet another one more thing... a new Web Inspector!  —  As some of you saw last week at WWDC, we have a brand new version of the Web Inspector.  We know that a lot people have found the current Web Inspector useful, and we have gotten a lot of feedback and sugestions about how to make it even better.
Discussion: Ars Technica, MacUser, Ajaxian and digg
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.
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.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Writers Write "B-Logs," Get Money
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Proposed Amendment Would Ban All DVD Copying  —  The proposed amendment was made public in a letter sent by Michael Malcolm, the chief executive of Kaleidescape, a DVD jukebox company which successfully defeated a suit by the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) this past March.
Google:
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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 …
Forbes:
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.
 
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Frank Davies / Mercury News:
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DigiTimes:
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Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
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