Apple's CEO unveiled the
The new iPhone, which will use third-generation wireless technology and run updated iPhone 2.0 software, is expected to launch July 11, Jobs said in his keynote speech.
The iPhone will also be cheaper than its predecessor, with a 16GB version priced at $299 and an 8GB version that costs $199. The dramatic price cut from the previous version is due to
Unlimited 3G data plans for business users will cost $45 a month in addition to a voice plan, presumably because of a higher consumption of data. And AT&T will require U.S. iPhone buyers to sign a two-year contract and activate the iPhone on AT&T's network before they can take it home. This won't eliminate unlocking, but it could discourage it to some degree.
The company also made several software announcements that could set a new standard for getting innovative applications to market quickly. With a new software development kit and soon-to-be-launched application store featuring third-party applications, the company has
CNET launched a site specially formatted for iPhone users. Point your iPhone or iPod Touch browser to iphone.cnet.com to read, watch, and listen to CNET on those devices. And check out iPhone Atlas, which reports daily on iPhone news, applications, and troubleshooting, and now offers forums for user discussions about the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple's Mobile OS X.
In other news, Apple announced the
Deal and no deal
Eight years ago, Google provided the search muscle for Yahoo, and now the two have reunited. In another long-awaited development, Yahoo announced a nonexclusive partnership under which
Under the deal, Yahoo will select the search terms for which Google will supply ads, the companies said. The ads will be displayed in the United States and Canada, and Yahoo controls which Google results are displayed and when.
The partnership also extends beyond advertising. The two companies will make their instant-messaging services interoperable, lowering a barrier that separated two communities of users at the sites.
News of the partnership came on the heels of news that
Microsoft said in a statement that although it is not interested in renewing its bid for Yahoo, "our alternative transaction remains available for discussion."
Yahoo's shares dropped more than 12 percent following the news, changing hands recently at $23.05, down $3.10.
Yahoo, which is trying to fend off a proxy fight from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, will be embarking on a road show with investors and would have likely felt some pressure from shareholders to explain where things stood with Microsoft.
Icahn kicked off the week with
In the latest salvo, Icahn presses Yahoo to answer his previous questions as to why the Internet search pioneer opted to install an expensive employee severance plan as a retention method, while neglecting to mention to its workers that Microsoft had earmarked $1.5 billion to retain employees, should it have been successful in acquiring Yahoo.
Icahn said Yahoo
Yahoo shareholders filed a statement
However, Yahoo, in an FAQ to employees that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, noted its compensation consultant
Internet service providers Verizon Communications, Sprint Nextel, and Time Warner Cable
What Cuomo didn't say is that his agreement with broadband providers means that they will
Time Warner Cable said it will cease to offer customers access to any Usenet newsgroups, a decision that will affect customers nationwide. Sprint said it would no longer offer any of the tens of thousands of alt.* Usenet newsgroups. Verizon's plan is to eliminate access to some "fairly broad newsgroup areas."
Specifically, Verizon said it will
A Verizon representative said only a subset of discussion groups, or newsgroups, would be offered to customers in the future. In Usenet parlance, those newsgroups are called the big 8; they include complex procedures for newsgroup creation and deletion, and even boast a formal management committee.
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