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4:00 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple iPlans keep it simple  —  Trust Apple to turn something as mundane as a phone plan into a marketing coup.  —  Apple and AT&T have announced three calling plans to match with the iPhone, which is all set to launch at the end of the week.  The three tier plans are $59.99 for 450 minutes …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
AT&T and Apple announce service plans, iTunes activation for iPhone
Discussion: Channel 9 and TechSpot News
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 …
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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
David George-Cosh / Globe and Mail:
Net radio battles royalty ruling with silence
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Internet Radio "Day of Silence" hushes thousands of stations
Ian C Rogers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Music goes radio silent
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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Digitalsmiths Gets $6M for Video Ads  —  Digitalsmiths, with $6 million in hand, is the latest company to enter the contextual video ad market.  Just yesterday we had ribbed the video search engine blinkx for being relatively late to market.  Well, now there's another new player on the scene …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Digitalsmiths's VideoSense gets $6 million
Discussion: alarm:clock and WebProNews
Robert Mullins / PC World:
Sun Supercomputer Waits on AMD Chips  —  As Sun Microsystems Inc. prepares to demonstrate a new high-performance computer Tuesday at a technology conference in Germany, it hopes that quad-core processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. that will power the computer arrive on time to deliver one of the machines to its first customer.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
IBM turbo charges world's fastest supercomputer
Discussion: Computerworld and Inquirer
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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.
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.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones, News Corp. Agree On Set of Editorial Protections  —  Dow Jones & Co. and News Corp. have agreed in principle on a set of editorial protections for Dow Jones, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The two sides finalized the last points on the agreement this morning, these people said.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Spock - Vertical Search Done Right  —  There has been quite a lot of buzz lately around a vertical search engine for people, called Spock.  While still in private beta, the engine has already impressed users with its rich feature set and social aspects.  Yet, there something …
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Netgear promises 3G femtocells by end of year
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Tom Ivan / Next Generation:
'Vista-Only' Titles Cracked
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
EarthLink gets a new CEO
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL launches new blog-like news site
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle:
Growing pains challenge AT&T's U-verse
Discussion: dslreports.com
Austin American-Statesman:
Austin chip industry veteran named CEO of Conexant
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Closing Threadwatch This Friday
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Market Wire:
Verizon Signs Long-Term Agreement With Call Genie
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
GOOGLE EARTH ANNOUNCES FORMAL NONPROFIT INITIATIVE
BBC:
EC threat to BBC over downloads
Sprint:
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Arn / MacRumors:
ZFS Read/Write Developer Beta for Leopard
Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Canada
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Michael Foroobar / VentureBeat:
Lijit raises $3.3M for intimate blog search