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5:45 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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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: Engadget
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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Welcome to AT&T's tiered pricing world: Will Verizon follow?
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Why Google TV As A Platform May Push Apple To Build Televisions
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
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 and paidContent
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.
Peter Kafka / D8 Conference:
D8 Video: Steve Jobs on Flash, Adobe and Other Technology Apple Doesn't Use Anymore  —  Steve Jobs insists that he isn't out to crush Adobe (ADBE).  But at the opening session of the D8 conference, the Apple CEO (AAPL) explained at length why he's done with Adobe's Flash …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Steve Jobs live from D8
Daniel Farber / CBS News:
Steve Jobs explains his world at All Things D
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!) …
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.
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Streaming video to outpace P2P traffic growth  —  Video is still the killer app of the Internet, but peer-to-peer services like BitTorrent will no longer account for the bulk of traffic on the Net as streaming services grow at a quicker pace over the next few years.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Hulu headed to a Xbox 360 dashboard near you?  —  From its humble origins as a chunky black box of PC parts, the Xbox has grown into a strapping young adult — attracting a social circle including Netflix, Facebook and Twitter.  Now, rumor has it that the Xbox 360's preening for a date with Hulu, too.
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: All Facebook, Thanks:atul
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Publishers want universal e-books; won't cooperate to get them  —  The industry-wide struggle over e-book formats continues, despite the fact that publishers are inundated with choices over how and where to distribute their e-books.  In fact, such a wide selection is part of the reason …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Comcast not looking to sell any of NBC's parts  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.—Comcast COO Steve Burke said on Wednesday that Comcast isn't looking to get rid of NBC Universal's movie studios or theme parks, saying that all of its parts are part of a good media company.
 
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comScore, Inc.:
Social Networking Ranks as Fastest-Growing Mobile Content Category
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps for BlackBerry Gets Biking Directions, Sharing, and New Search Results
Discussion: CNET News
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
The Real “Open Like”: New Link-sharing Protocol Gets Big Names on Board
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest Introduces A Portfolio Tracker Linked To All Your Brokerage Accounts
Discussion: Bits and VentureBeat
Electronista:
Texas investigating Apple, publishers over e-book pricing
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The Kindle will soon be available at Target locations nationwide
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sonic Solutions To Acquire DivX In $323 Million Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Flipout official: Android 2.1 and enhanced Motoblur coming …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
SanDisk works it harder, unveils G4 and P4 solid state drives
Discussion: SanDisk
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
FetchBack Fetches $40 Million From GSI Commerce
Discussion: MediaPost
Cade Metz / The Register:
Steve Jobs beheads iPad apps for acting like desktops