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1:00 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
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
AT&T iPhone Plans Revealed
Ian C Rogers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Music goes radio silent  —  Apologies to anyone who was hoping to listen to free LAUNCHcast today.  We're shutting down the Internet's #1 radio service for the day to draw attention to the outrageous rates recently set by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, D.C.
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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
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Web Radio Stations Hope Silence Speaks Volumes About Fee Hike
Discussion: IP Democracy and The 463
David George-Cosh / Globe and Mail:
Net radio battles royalty ruling with silence
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
GOOGLE EARTH ANNOUNCES FORMAL NONPROFIT INITIATIVE  —  At an event in Google's New York offices on Tuesday, the company unveiled a new initiative to make its Google Earth geography software a more accessible tool for nonprofit organizations.  —  "We're now officially launching …
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:   Google Earth Outreach To Aid Nonprofits
Chris Williams / The Register:
IBM turbo charges world's fastest supercomputer  —  Blue Gene has long division licked.  Next: killer sudoku  —  IBM has unleashed a new iteration of its chess-playing powerhouse Blue Gene, which it also reckons is useful in academic and commercial fields like drug discovery and mineral exploration.
Discussion: Inquirer and Computerworld
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Robert Mullins / PC World:
Sun Supercomputer Waits on AMD Chips
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Inquirer
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google calls for more limits on Microsoft  —  Google on Monday called on a judge to extend part of the US government's four-year antitrust scrutiny of Microsoft, intensifying a lobbying battle in which the arch-rivals have sought to limit each other's power.
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google vs. Microsoft: Just a 'PR Stunt'
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.
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.
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.
Austin American-Statesman:
Austin chip industry veteran named CEO of Conexant  —  Artusi will lead California chipmaker in need of a turnaround  —  Daniel Artusi, an executive in Austin's semiconductor industry for three decades, was named CEO and chairman of a California-based chip company Monday.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Canada  —  By Heri Rakotomalala of Montreal Tech Watch  —  Canadians use the Internet more than anyone in the world.  According to comScore, Canadians spend on average 39.6 hours per month on the Internet, followed by Israel at 37.4 and South Korea at 34, while the USA is in 8th position with 29.4.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Market Wire:
Verizon Signs Long-Term Agreement With Call Genie  —  Call Genie's Voice Search Solution to Support Enhanced Directory Assistance  —  Call Genie Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GNE), a leading provider of localized, voice-enabled search solutions to carriers, directory assistance providers and Yellow Pages publishers …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Kelsey Group Blogs
 
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Glenn Fleishman / New York Post:
DON'T GET 'HUNG UP' ON BUYING AN IPHONE
Discussion: Epicenter and Inquirer
Seobook / Threadwatch.org:
Closing Threadwatch This Friday
Will Greenwald / CNET News.com:
What can you get for an iPhone?  —  The iPhone hits stores …
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Digitalsmiths's VideoSense gets $6 million
Discussion: alarm:clock and WebProNews
BBC:
EC threat to BBC over downloads
Discussion: Slashdot
Sprint:
Go Tangle-Free With MUZIQ(tm) By LG®, Exclusively From Sprint …
Arn / MacRumors:
ZFS Read/Write Developer Beta for Leopard
Discussion: CrunchGear
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CircleUp lets you organize without email overload, raises cash
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Two-tiered net could be coming
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Full Screen Web Photo Browsing With PicLens
Discussion: Profy.Com and Net
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Spock - Vertical Search Done Right
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google News Image Version
Discussion: Search Engine Land
USA Today:
Dell colors its laptop world
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Video: Exclusive: Interview With the First Two iPhone Campers in NY
Reuters:
AOL takes page from blogs, relaunches news
Michael Foroobar / VentureBeat:
Lijit raises $3.3M for intimate blog search