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9:00 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
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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?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
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Lisa Barone / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
Ask.com Thinks You're An Idiot  —  Why does Ask.com think I'm a vapid idiot?  —  If the battle of the search engines was a football game, Jennifer Laycock and I would be sitting in the front row of the bleachers clutching hands, decked out in our favorite Ask.com gear and jumping up and down rooting for our boys.
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The ten most hated words on the Internet
Discussion: Reuters, Snipperoo and digg
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.
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
Computerworld:
House panel blasts DHS CIO for security failures  —  The subcommittee also questions Scott Charbo's ability to handle his job  —  Jaikumar Vijayan Today's Top Stories or Other Security Stories  —  A House subcommittee investigating cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the U.S. Department …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Congress grills DHS CIO over repeated security breaches
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 …
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.
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 …
Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Google staffs up in nation's capital  —  INTERNET COMPANY EXPANDS LOBBYING  —  WASHINGTON - Slowly but surely, the government is getting Googled.  —  Two years ago, the Google staff in Washington was one person - Alan Davidson, an expert in technology law.
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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Ben Popken / Consumerist:
Videos: Man Teaches Apple To Not Repair His Macbook By Smashing It With Sledgehammer
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Micorosft Surface Parody Video
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Silicon Valley Visionaries Mass in Heidi's Backyard...
Arn / MacRumors:
New iPhone Television Ad: Youtube [Official Video]
Discussion: Apple Gazette, CrunchGear and digg
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Apple uses big-handed model to "shrink" iPhone
Discussion: Consumerist
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC's new roadmap: Iris, Vogue, Kaiser, Nike, Volans, Polaris, and more!
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Engadget and Gizmodo
Lori Rosen / Ziff Davis Media:
Ziff Davis Enters into Definitive Agreement to Sell Enterprise Group
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Finding the Perfect Shot: 5 Stock Photo Search Engines Reviewed
Discussion: KillerStartups.com
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
FCC official backs open-access for wireless auction
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Instant Search Changes to Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Skrentablog:
Are network effects getting weaker?
Discussion: A VC and Susan Mernit's Blog
Valleywag:
Talking Points: Three defenses for iPhone hype
Discussion: Slate
Reuters:
Sony to boost PS3 software to reverse slump: Nikkei
Forbes:
EU says Apple has responded to iTunes deadline; EU 'studying it carefully'
Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Sony, Nintendo forbid AO-rated Manhunt 2