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4:15 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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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 …
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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.
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.
Lev Grossman / Time:
Apple's New Calling: The iPhone  —  That was why, two and a half years ago, Jobs sicced his wrecking crew of designers and engineers on the cell phone as we know and hate it.  They began by melting the face off a video iPod.  No clickwheel, no keypad.  They sheared off the entire front …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Apple proprietary closed boxes Mac, iPod, iPhone
Discussion: PodTech.net
Lev Grossman / Time:
Apple's New Calling: The iPhone
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
iPhone and Office 2.0  —  Steve Jobs and his friends …
Discussion: WebProBlog, Treonauts and Zoho Blogs
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
CES: SiriusConnect SC-V1 Audio/Video Tuner (Sirius Backseat TV)  —  The SiriusConnect SC-V1 Audio/Video Tuner is the first satellite tuner that not only receives Sirius audio, but also Sirius Backseat TV programming.  Listen to Howard in the front, while the kids watch Spongebob in the back.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sirius announces SiriusConnect SC-V1 Backseat TV
Discussion: TechEffect
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.
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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