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2:30 PM ET, January 10, 2007

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David Pogue / Bits:
Some Hands-On Time With the iPhone  —  Macworld attendees check out the iPhone.  —  Today, I had meetings with Steve Jobs and then Phil Schiller, Apple's director of worldwide marketing.  I basically played with the iPhone the entire hour.  —  Here are some of the things …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Introduces Innovative Cellphone  —  With characteristic showmanship, Steven P. Jobs introduced Apple's long-awaited entry into the cellphone world Tuesday, pronouncing it an achievement on a par with the Macintosh and the iPod.  —  The creation, the iPhone, priced at $499 or $599, will not be for everyone.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The iPhone is not a smartphone  —  And the reality slowly sets in about what the iPhone is and is not.  Noted analyst and Engadget pal Michael Gartenberg stated that the iPhone is first party software ONLY — i.e. not a smartphone by conventional terms, being that a smartphone is a platform device that allows software to be installed.
Michael Gartenberg:
What's Missing From the iPhone  —  1. It's not extensible by third parties, only Apple.  The means at the moment no RSS readers, no Slingplayers.  —  2. There is no support for Microsoft Office attachments.  —  3. Not clear how well Exchange will work with calendar and contacts  —  4. No 3G support.
Valleywag:
MACWORLD: When did Steve start showing vaporware?  —  PAUL BOUTIN — True story in my inbox: "I just went into the Apple store in Soho to buy the Apple TV device.  Asked the shop assistant.  Clearly not the first.  February, he answered, tersely."  —  Hey pal, didn't you pay attention?
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo iPhone Hands-On: I Called My Mommy  —  Apple just gave us 15 minutes with the iPhone.  To be frank, I was surprised — Apple doesn't usually grace us with this kind of love.  I guess they liked our iPhone posts from last month.  The legends say Woz and Steve love to pull pranks.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited, iPlot and Bits
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Five Biggest Issues with iPhone  —  In the midst of all the hosannas for Apple's new iPhone — and there is definitely lots to like about it, among the most important being the first significant advancement in mobile browsing in a decade — here are the five biggest issues with the thing:
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Apple proprietary closed boxes Mac, iPod, iPhone  —  Apple creates brilliant designs with elegant user interfaces that work intuitively.  I started thinking about how they do this.  The answer is that Apple controls the whole experience from hardware to software to peripherals.
Dan Warne / APC:
Top 10 things to hate about the Apple iPhone  —  Hopefully you've read my colleague Tim Gaden's article about the top 10 things to love about the iPhone.  —  I agree with him completely, except for the fact that some of his points are on my list of things to hate about it.  —  Don't get me wrong.
Lev Grossman / Time:
Apple's New Calling: The iPhone
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
Gizmodo:
Apple now Apple Inc.
Microsoft:
Inside Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh  —  Q&A: From Macworld Conference & Expo 2007, the head of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit discusses the story behind the next generation of Microsoft's productivity software suite for the Mac.  —  Microsoft continues to deliver world-class technology products …
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Microsoft reveals details of Office 2008 for Mac  —  Intel-based Mac owners will have a Universal version of Microsoft's Office to call their own later this year.  Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit revealed some details about Office 2008 for Mac Tuesday—namely that the suite …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Congress to Take Up Net's Future  —  Senior lawmakers, emboldened by the recent restrictions on AT&T and the change in control of Congress, have begun drafting legislation that would prevent high-speed Internet companies from charging content providers for priority access.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Media new and old merge at CBS  —  LAS VEGAS—Soon, there may be no difference between new and old media.  —  In a keynote address at CES 2007, CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves said no gap exists between the two anymore—and he gave details of a series of moves the entertainment company …
Discussion: Webware.com and Lost Remote
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Katie Fehrenbacher / NewTeeVee:
CBS Shows Off Web 2.0 Chops
Susan Wu:
Second Life goes open source, though open source doesn't necessarily equal openness  —  In a previous post, I talked about how I respected Second Life but felt that it was probably unsustainable, primarily due to the fact that the system isn't more open.  Virtual worlds and social networks generally thrive …
Alex St. John / Gamasutra:
Opinion: 'Vista Casts A Pall On PC Gaming'  —  Will new features in Windows Vista have a chilling effect on indie PC game development?  In this exclusive Gamasutra opinion piece, WildTangent founder and CEO Alex St. John highlights obstructive security controls embedded in Vista that threaten to do just that.
Discussion: Channel 9, Cathode Tan and Slashdot
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Getting Your Startup Covered  —  Mike has written a post on Techcrunch about getting your startup covered on the blog.  There is a section in the new forum that allows entrepreneurs to pitch their startups.  I haven't written for Techcrunch in a long time, but from my own experience I can add a few tips:
Discussion: Things That and TechCrunch
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Expo reaction: iDisappointed  —  First, let me say this.  The iPhone looks incredible.  It's a definite paradigm shift in the world of phones, PDAs, and iPods.  I want one, even if I never use the phone portion of the device.  Same with Apple TV—I've actually ordered one for our home, as it will meet our needs perfectly.
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
Wherefore Art Thou Software?  —  We was robbed!  Don't get me wrong, the iPhone is a pretty spectacular device and I'm glad it was announced now so I can start saving for the next six months, but this is a software blog and frankly we're a bit miffed — we got nothing from Apple.  —  Phone Schmone.
Andrew Yoon / PSP Fanboy:
Sony goes bling with new Champagne Gold [Update 1]  —  While us Americans have been stuck with black PSPs since its launch nearly two years ago, Japan has been collecting more and more unique colors.  The newly revealed "Champagne Gold" PSP will hit Japan on February 22nd for the standard PSP price of 20,790 yen (~$175US).
Discussion: Kotaku, Engadget and Joystiq
 
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