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4:50 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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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Steve insisted the iPhone rate plan have a minimalist interface too
Discussion: Computerworld
Ben Popken / Consumerist:
Apple: 6 Ways To Cancel Any Cellphone So You Can Get An iPhone
Discussion: IntoMobile
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.
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 …
David George-Cosh / Globe and Mail:
Net radio battles royalty ruling with silence
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
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 and GigaOM
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 …
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Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Digitalsmiths's VideoSense gets $6 million
Discussion: alarm:clock and WebProNews
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.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The iPhone will be compatible with Microsoft Exchange, after all  —  Apple's iPhone is going to be compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server, after all.  —  Earlier this month, a number of articles and analyst reports claimed that Apple's iPhone would not be compatible with Exchange Server …
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.
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: Kotaku and TechSpot News
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.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple Stores to temporarily close at 2pm on Friday
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Are The RIAA's Investigation Techniques Illegal?
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Netgear promises 3G femtocells by end of year
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL launches new blog-like news site
Austin American-Statesman:
Austin chip industry veteran named CEO of Conexant
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Closing Threadwatch This Friday
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EC threat to BBC over downloads
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ZFS Read/Write Developer Beta for Leopard
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