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Apple and AT&T Announce iPhone Service Plans 538

daveschroeder writes "Apple and AT&T today announced service plans for iPhone, 4 days before its release in the US at 6pm local time on Friday, June 29. The plans are $59.99/mo for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes, and $99.99 for 1350 minutes, and all include unlimited data, 200 SMS messages, rollover minutes, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Any other standard AT&T service plan may also be used. A two year service plan is required, with a $175 cancellation fee if terminated early. In addition, activations are done via iTunes, so only the hardware is purchased in the store. Interestingly, activation of a contract via iTunes is required to enable the iPod/syncing functionality of the phone as well. (It will remain to be seen whether there are workarounds for this for those who only want the iPod functionality of iPhone, and whether the iPhone is easily unlockable for those who wish to try it on alternate carriers, and so on.)"

Feed Denied Entrance Into The US Thanks To A Google Search Of Your Permanent Record (

For a long time, people have talked about how Google has effectively created the infamous "permanent record" teachers always warned us about in school. And, now, it appears that it's not just being used for background checks on dates and job reference checks, but for official government purposes as well. Joe McEnaney writes in to alert us to a story of a Canadian man who was denied entrance to the US after border guards did a Google search on his name and discovered a peer-reviewed academic paper he'd written years earlier that mentioned his own LSD use over 30 years ago. Setting aside any thoughts one way or the other on whether or not that should be a criteria for entering the US, just think of what this means for teens today who are discussing their lives very publicly on sites like MySpace. We've already wondered what will happen once the MySpace generation runs for office, but right now they might just want to be careful leaving and entering the country.

Submission + - Personal data left in Excel sheet on web server

Alex Dekker writes: "The UK's National Health Service IT program [the catchily-named 'NPfIT'] has come under fire recently for horrific cost overruns [£12.4 billion and counting] and massive under-performance. Not satisfied with that however, they've decided to leave an Excel sheet with large amounts of personal data in a publically accessible directory on a web server. Given that this was on the day that the man in charge of NPfIT, Richard Granger, told the Commons Health Select Committee that "no system can be 100% secure", one wonders if his minions took this as a direct order"

Submission + - SCO Delisting warned

icebike writes: SCO has been notified by NASDAQ that it currently fails to meet the requirements for continued listing on NASDAQ due to its price being below 1 dollar for the last 30 days.

This means that if the stock price can not be held above 1 dollar for 10 consecutive days out of the next 180, SCO will be delisted. It would then join the Pink Sheets, where penny stocks are traded, (and usually hyped by untold volumes of spam promising a big campaign). 60

Just another step in the downward spiral of a company with few customers, and little to sell, and a business model based on litigation.

Submission + - Immigration and Science

Shipud writes: "This article in Science claims that immigrant effect on wages occurs not only in the low end of the job market, but also in science, and mostly in the life sciences. Specifically the large increase in foreign postdocs has depressed wages and has made a scientific career mostly unattractive to Americans. "...becoming a scientist generally is not a good investment for young Americans... Avoid [scientific research fields] if you want to make money"."

Submission + - Apple Issues Patches for 25 Security Holes

TheCybernator writes: "Apple Issues Patches for 25 Security Holes Apple today released software updates to plug more than two dozen security holes in its Mac OS X operating system and other software. The free patches are available via the Mac's built-in Software Update feature or directly from Apple's Web site. All told, today's batch fixes some 25 distinct security vulnerabilities, including a dangerous flaw present in the AirPort wireless devices built into a number of Apple computers, including the eMac, the iBook, iMac, Powerbook G3 and G4, and the Power Mac G4. Apple said computers with its AirPort Extreme wireless cards are not affected. Earlier this month, Apple released a software update to fix a vulnerability in its wireless router, the AirPort Extreme Base Station. That update and instructions on how to apply it are available here. /apple_updates_plug_25_security_1.html?nav=rss_blo g"

Submission + - KISS singer: "Illegal downloading is robbing&#

psymastr writes: KISS founder, guitarist and singer Paul Stanley gave an interview to Australia's Herald Sun in which he calls illegal music downloading a "tragedy."

"Downloading is one of the tragedies of the 21st century [...] Under the guise of technology and fancy jargon, people have legalised stealing. [...] you can't share what you don't own. [...] Sharing something with one person is one thing, sharing with tens of thousands of people is a crime. It's robbery."

"I don't owe anyone any justification for wanting to get paid. For anybody else to decide when I have enough money is bollocks."

Submission + - Put Linux on an Indy 500 car!

Mark K writes: How would you like to tune into the Indy 500 and see the Linux penguin prominently displayed on a car. The Tux 500 project was started to raise enough money to sponsor an Indy 500 car this year in the name of Linux. If $25,000 is raised they will be an associate sponsor of the car, if they reach $350,000 then the whole car will have Linux all over it. The amount of visibility depends on the money raised. Overnight they passed $6000 and there is some good rivalry between the different distributions on the stats page. There is also a contest to determine a design for the car.

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