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8:00 PM ET, June 2, 2010

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T makes sweeping changes to data plans, iPhone tethering coming at OS 4 launch  —  You might think that AT&T would hold off for a national HSPA+ deployment or a full-on LTE launch before tweaking its data pricing strategy, but not so much — the carrier is coming out swinging today …
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Jeff Jarvis / The Faster Times:
AT&T's iPad Bait-and-Switch  —  Did AT&T's Pull a Bait-and-Switch with the iPad?  —  AT&T's service sucks.  Just listen to our most trusted newsman on the topic.  But AT&T response to this core business problem is not to improve its service, to invest in better ways to handle more customers.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AT&T To Stop Offering All-You-Can-Eat Wireless Data Plans  —  AT&T (T) this morning said it is revamping its wireless data plans, eliminating its all-you-can-eat options.  —  The company will now offer a 200 MB $15-a-month entry plan, and a $25-a-month 2 GB plan.
Discussion: ZDNet and Engadget
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T iPhone Customers Can Keep Unlimited Data Plan for Next iPhone  —  AT&T's announcement of their new capped data plans has generated a lot of discussion amongst current and future iPhone owners.  In short, AT&T eliminated their $30/month unlimited plan for new iPhone customers starting on June 7th.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   AT&T Just Put A Bullet In Mobile TV (T, AAPL, NFLX)
AT&T:
AT&T Announces New Lower-Priced Wireless Data Plans to Make Mobile …
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless currently testing Apple iPads  —  According to a highly placed source of ours, Verizon Wireless is currently testing Apple iPad devices on their network.  We have been told that the model they are testing is a CDMA-compatible device, and while our source mentioned LTE in some capacity …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Dell Streak: $500 unlocked in US, available next month  —  We've just learned at D8 today that Dell will be offering the Streak to US customers direct from its website — unlocked — starting next month for $500.  That's later than the June 4 date that UK customers will be enjoying …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The FriendFeedization Of Facebook Continues: Bret Taylor Promoted To CTO  —  Facebook has a new chief technology officer, Bret Taylor.  The FriendFeed co-founder and initial product manager of Google Maps came to Facebook with the $50 million acquisition of FriendFeed last year.
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News and Startup Meme
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search for mobile now includes mobile app results  —  As mobile apps continue to proliferate in stores like Android Market and the iPhone App Store, finding relevant information on the web about these apps is becoming more important to help you decide which apps to download.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Google Buys Invite Media  —  Google has indeed bought ad technology start-up Invite Media, I've confirmed with multiple sources.  —  As I wrote last month, Invite is a three-year-old “demand-side platform” designed to help buyers navigate high-volume display-advertising exchanges-like the one Google launched last year.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Images Show White Back Panel on Next-Generation iPhone  —  With the leak of a claimed white front panel for the next-generation iPhone last month, it appears that if the parts are in fact legitimate Apple will be bringing the existing iPhone color option of a white back around to the front of the device.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Kno dual-screen tablet appears at D8, we go hands-on  —  Kno promised to launch a double-screened Linux-based e-reader designed for students at D8, and the undercover startup didn't disappoint — believe us when we say it came out in a big way.  That's big as in freaking big …
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Omar / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdMob's iPhone OS SDK Now Supports iPad Native Apps With New Ad Formats  —  Starting today, our iPad App SDK is available for all publishers to download and install in their applications.  We had strong interest from developers in the SDK while it was in beta and we're excited to make it generally available.
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
Does Steve Jobs' No Mean Yes In The Case of Apple TV?  —  At the AllThingsDigital conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs seemingly put the kibosh on Apple's foray into the television market, stating, “The problem with innovation in the TV industry is the go-to-market strategy ... Ask TiVo, ask Roku, ask us. ...
Discussion: Electricpig and Cult of Mac
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Its Mobile Usage Poised To Explode With iPhone 4.0 OS, Pandora Raises More Money  —  Remember when Pandora was on its deathbed?  Yeah, those days are long gone.  The service has just raised yet another round of funding, we've confirmed.  The round was led GGV Capital and participated in by Allen & Company …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and paidContent
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Project Natal retail unit revealed at D8?  —  Hey — you know Microsoft's Project Natal?  Well we've just gotten an up close look at what appears to be the retail version (though it's clearly marked a developer unit).  We couldn't storm the stage while Walt and Kara (and her son!) …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney Puts Movie Tickets on a Facebook Site  —  LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company has created what it believes is a first-of-its-kind application allowing Facebook users to buy tickets to “Toy Story 3” without leaving the social networking site and while, at the same time, prodding their friends to come along.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Launches Homepage Customization With Your Pictures  —  They had to respond to Bing eventually, and today is the day.  Starting this afternoon, and rolling out over the next few days Google is releasing the ability around the US and the world to upload a custom image as the background of your Google.com.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Annotations Testing Starts Next Week Through The Streaming API  —  Twitter Annotations are the next big feature a lot of people are excited about.  With them, both users and clients will be able to add more context to tweets, which should make for a richer experience (and more useful data).
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Sees Fourfold Jump in Number of Advertisers Since 2009  —  Facebook Inc., owner of the world's largest social-networking site, said its advertisers have more than quadrupled since the start of 2009 as marketers aim to get their products before a growing global audience.
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Verizon Has No Plans for Apple Support in the “Immediate Future”  —  LOS ANGELES - Despite relentless speculation about the imminent support of the iPhone or iPod in the U.S., there is no immediate plans for Verizon to support the Apple mobile devices, a John Johnson told Beet.TV …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Review: The good, the bad, the ugly of Zuckerberg  —  Let it be known that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted a book to be written about the company he founded.  At the top of the acknowledgments for journalist David Kirkpatrick's new book about Facebook, “The Facebook Effect …
Beau Lebens / Gravatar Blog:
Public Profiles For Everyone  —  Back in March when we announced Gravatar profiles, your profile page remained private so that only you could access it.  Now that you've had a chance to update your information and make sure that only details you want public are there, let's open things up.
Discussion: WordPress.com News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Attorney In Google Maps Lawsuit: It Was Dark; She Thought Google Was Leading Her To Sidewalk  —  I've spoken to the lead attorney in the case involving the woman who blames Google, in part, for directing her onto a highway where she was struck by a vehicle.  Expressing amazement at the …
Discussion: CNET News and Techdirt
 
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
HP CEO Mark Hurd talks datacenters, networking and Palm
Discussion: PreCentral.net, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps for BlackBerry Gets Biking Directions, Sharing, and New Search Results
Discussion: PC World and CNET News
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
The Real “Open Like”: New Link-sharing Protocol Gets Big Names on Board
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Publishers want universal e-books; won't cooperate to get them
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest Introduces A Portfolio Tracker Linked To All Your Brokerage Accounts
Discussion: Bits and VentureBeat
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Flipout official: Android 2.1 and enhanced Motoblur coming …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Steve Jobs beheads iPad apps for acting like desktops