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6:50 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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The Boy Genius Report:
Apple releases iPhone firmware 1.1.1  —  Yes yes, friends.  The day has finally arrived.  Apple dropped a new iPhone firmware revision, bringing the official software notation up to version 1.1.1.  This new software brings a host of changes and upgrades.  Here's a rundown of some of the more significant changes:
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple releases iPhone update 1.1.1  —  Apple on Thursday released the much-anticipated software update for the iPhone.  In addition to the iTunes Wi-Fi Store, the update also adds several new features to the iPhone.  —  New for the iPhone with software update 1.1.1 is loud speaker and receiver volume …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iPhone update re-locking handsets, disabling 3rd-party apps?
Microsoft:
Brad Smith: As Prepared Oral Testimony, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights  —  As Prepared - Oral Testimony of Brad Smith  —  Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Microsoft Corporation  —  Before the Subcommittee on Antitrust …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google/DoubleClick Deal in Trouble  —  Confirmed?  No. But sure feels that way.  —  As Google and Microsoft execs head to Washington to plead their respective cases, a Microsoft-funded 51-page "research paper" on the legal aspects of the fight is making the rounds.  (PaidContent has a brief summary).
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Senator Says Google Deal Merits Scrutiny
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Palm press conference at DigitalLife  —  Well folks — we're here at the Palm / Sprint press event at DigitalLife, so get ready to have your heads go popping off your neck in a matter of moments.  We're going to be liveblogging the whole nasty affair — so keep your browser tuned in for the action.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and PalmAddicts
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Palm launches Centro smart phone for mass market consumers on Sprint Nextel
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Palm aims new Centro smartphone at students, 'CEOs of households'
Discussion: Reuters
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Extenders for Windows Media Center and Internet TV Beta — Connected Entertainment Comes Home for the Holidays  —  New devices from Cisco's Linksys division, D-Link, HP and Niveus Media deliver new video formats, form factors and HD TV over wireless home networks …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Streaming Internet Content with Internet TV Beta to Windows Media Center
Discussion: Download Squad, last100 and NewTeeVee
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Uh, oh. Now anyone can jam your cell phone
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Ubergizmo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Causes US Navy To Change Its Swastika Building  —  You have to feel a bit sorry for the US Navy.  They have a building in California that looks like a swastika from the air.  But who looks at buildings from the air?  Until Google Maps popularized easy access to aerial views, only the occasional bored air traveler.
Tim Wu / Slate:
WHY MUNICIPAL WIRELESS NETWORKS HAVE BEEN SUCH A FLOP.  —  It's hard to dislike the idea of free municipal wireless Internet access.  Imagine your town as an oversized Internet cafe, with invisible packets floating everywhere as free as the air we breathe.  That fanciful vision inspired …
Vince Broady / Yodel Anecdotal:
Finding focus in Hollywood  —  BusinessWeek just released its annual "Best of the Web" user survey.  Among the most beloved sites are some of the properties housed at our Santa Monica operations — Finance, Games, Health, Music, News.  Since opening our office here five years ago …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Leadership Meeting Tomorrow; Premium Music Services to be "De-emphasized"
Discussion: Valleywag
Jessihempel / The Browser:
Are we already moving on from traditional social networking?  —  Even as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg reportedly considers a Microsoft (MSFT) investment, upstart entrepreneurs at the MIT Emerging Technology conference ponder what comes next.  Digg.com founder Kevin Rose made an obvious point yesterday.
Discussion: Computerworld and Snipperoo
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook CEO visits Seattle, Microsoft schemes
Royal Pingdom:
Google availability differs greatly between countries  —  Google Search users in the United States are 10 times more likely to encounter a problem than users in Brazil, according to this unique one-year survey from Pingdom.  —  Google has a large number of localized versions of their Google Search homepage.
Discussion: WebProNews, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine  —  Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an update to Live Search (http://www.live.com) centered on improvements to core search technology and deeper advancements …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Acquires Zingku  —  Google say they acquired "certain assets and technology of Zingku," the Google Operating System blog reports.  Here's what Zingku does, according to their About page:  —  Our service is designed from the mobile phone, outward, allowing you to create and exchange things …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Despite AOL's claim, AIM worm hole still wide open  —  There's a nasty worm hole in America Online's standalone AIM (instant messaging) software that won't be patched until the middle of October.  —  AOL claims that the vulnerability, which allows a remote attacker to launch executable code without …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO  —  What's behind all the shuffling going on at AOL lately?  New CEO Randy Falco is moving the headquarters from Dulles, Va. to New York City, more layoffs are rumored at the dying dial-up business, and all the advertising businesses …
 
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