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11:40 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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Jonathan Seff / iPhone Central:
Bricking my iPhone  —  I guess Apple was telling the truth.  —  I decided to try the 1.1.1 iPhone update on my unlocked and hacked phone.  The process went along just fine until the iPhone restarted.  Then I got a message on the screen that I had an incorrect SIM.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steve Jobs Girds for the Long iPhone War  —  This afternoon, Apple did release the update.  And the gadget blogs confirm that it does indeed wreak havoc on modified iPhones.  Some phones have indeed been "bricked."  In others, unofficial applications have been disabled.
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple update disables unlocked iPhones  —  Don't say you weren't warned.  After cautioning customers earlier this week that unlocked iPhones may be disabled when installing future Apple software updates, the company on Thursday made good on its warning.  —  Two iPhones in the Macworld offices …
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:
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 …
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple's IPhone Warranty Threats Legally Sound, Lawyers Say  —  Earlier this week, Apple warned users of SIM-unlocked iPhones that the company's imminent firmware update will likely cause "irreparable damage to the phone's software," thus excluding the phones from Apple's limited warranty.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple updates iPhone.  Legal, unhacked phones become bricks?  —  According to Saul Hansell at the NY Times, Apple intends to break phones that have been unlocked.  —  But Francine Hardaway and Patrick Scoble both updated this afternoon, and bad things happened.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhoneSimFree-unlocked iPhones require AT&T SIM to reactivate
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
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iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Infinite Loop
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Buys Zingku, Mobile Social Network  —  Google's plans to extend in the mobile space could include the launch of a mobile phone.  For now, Google bought another mobile social network: Zingku.  "We've entered into an agreement to have Google acquire our Zingku service," informs us Zingku.com.
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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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Senator Says Google Deal Merits Scrutiny
Grant Gross / PC World:
Microsoft, Others Protest Google's DoubleClick deal
Discussion: WSJ.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Leadership Meeting Tomorrow; Premium Music Services to be "De-emphasized"  —  Our sources are telling us that tomorrow afternoon Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang will be holding a confidential meeting for all Yahoo execs (vice presidents and above, called the "leadership team") to map out his strategic plan for the company going forward.
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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 …
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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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Uh, oh. Now anyone can jam your cell phone
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Ubergizmo
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Palm launches Centro smart phone for mass market consumers on Sprint Nextel  —  Palm is launching a new smart phone today for the low-priced consumer market on Sprint Nextel.  The new Centro brings BlackBerry and Treo-like functions to consumers at a relatively low cost of $99 and up to $30 a month for data services.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Palm press conference at DigitalLife
Discussion: InfoWorld, PalmAddicts and The Raw Feed
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 …
 
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Microsoft Investigates Blocked Patch Updates in XP
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Slingbox coming to BlackBerry
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iPhone update re-locking handsets, disabling 3rd-party apps?
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T-EchoStar Talks Heat Up  —  AT&T's (T - Cramer's Take …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Ethics Group Rips Google on Copyrights
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WiMAX backers positioning 802.16e as an alternative to municipal WiFi
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Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:
Taxman goes browsing on eBay
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