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8:25 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, Engadget and The Next Web
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 …
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.
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 …
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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John Paczkowski / D8 Conference:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Live at D8  —  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was last on the D stage-at D6 in 2008-the company was still reeling from the privacy backlash over its Beacon advertising system.  Months earlier, Zuckerberg had apologized for Facebook's disregard for member privacy …
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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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.
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).
Discussion: Mashable!
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!) …
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 …
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.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
HP CEO Mark Hurd talks datacenters, networking and Palm  —  A day after Hewlett-Packard outlined plans to invest $1 billion into its enterprise services unit and cut a net 3,000 jobs, CEO Mark Hurd elaborated on the thinking behind the move, next-gen datacenters and the company's networking prospects.
ResearchBuzz:
Google Teaming Up With USPTO To Make Patent and Trademark Data Available  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office announced today that it was entering into a two year, no cost agreement with Google to make bulk electronic patent and trademark public data available.  The USPTO provides the data, Google hosts it for the public.
 
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