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4:00 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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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:
Peter H. Lewis / Fortune:
How Apple kept its iPhone secrets  —  Bogus prototypes, bullying the press, stifling pillow talk - all to keep iPhone under wraps.  Fortune's Peter Lewis goes inside one of the year's biggest tech launches.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — One of the most astonishing things about the new Apple iPhone …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration, digg and Slashdot
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.
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.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Apple Fails to Reinvent Telecommunications Industry - Too Bad  —  According to the AP Story carried in the NY Times Online, Steve Jobs claims that iPhone will "reinvent" the telecommunications sector.  Wish it were so but it ain't!  —  The design of the phone - no hard buttons …
Lev Grossman / Time:
Apple's New Calling: The iPhone
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Apple proprietary closed boxes Mac, iPod, iPhone
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Lev Grossman / Time:
Apple's New Calling: The iPhone
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
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 …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Why Yahoo Needs MyBlogLog, and Vice Versa  —  Yahoo has made another successful and smart social media acquisition in MyBlogLog which can now be added to their list of grassroots early adoption web 2.0 services such as Flickr & del.icio.us along with their current social media offerings in Yahoo Answers & Yahoo Local.
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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Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Tired of Google and Yahoo?  Try Cranky.com  —  New search engine geared toward Baby Boomers and seniors aims to make Web search easier.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A media firm catering to people over the age of 50 has launched a new search engine on Tuesday geared to Baby Boomers and seniors.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sirius announces SiriusConnect SC-V1 Backseat TV  —  We knew live video was on the way from those Sirius satellite beamz0rs, but it's finally hitting for real: announcing Sirius Backseat TV and the SiriusConnect SC-V1 A/V Tuner.  It sounds like those launch predictions were right on as well: the service goes live in Spring 2007.
Discussion: TechEffect
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Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:   CES: SiriusConnect SC-V1 Audio/Video Tuner (Sirius Backseat TV)
Darren Waters / BBC:
Public can purchase $100 laptop  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, Las Vegas  —  The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project plan to release the machine on general sale next year.  —  But customers will have to buy two laptops at once - with the second going to the developing world.
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
Matt Croydon / Postneo 2.0:
iPhone and the new mobile web  —  There are a few things that excite me about the newly announced iPhone (and a few details that I'm unclear on).  One thing I'm pretty sure of is that the coming of the iPhone is the tipping point for a new kind of mobile web.
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.
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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