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7:35 AM ET, September 28, 2007

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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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:   Apple's IPhone Warranty Threats Legally Sound, Lawyers Say
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple has a PR nightmare brewing...
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhoneSimFree-unlocked iPhones require AT&T SIM to reactivate
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iPhone update re-locking handsets, disabling 3rd-party apps?
Discussion: Download Squad, The Apple Core and Digg
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Apple patches 10 iPhone flaws
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Gizmodo:
iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digital Daily
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
New update breaks hacked iPhones
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.
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Google Buys Mobile Apps' Zingku & Its Ripple9 Site
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 73: The (Sleepy) Attack of the Yahoo Vice Presidents  —  Despite a lot of noisy speculation all around the Internet yesterday about big changes afoot, let me give you the skinny on exactly what is going to happen today at Yahoo when all its top brass gather at its Sunnyvale headquarters for an all-day confab.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Having Learned Nothing From ESPN Mobile Debacle, Disney Closes Disney Mobile  —  Disney explored the MVNO concept for years, convinced that given the opportunity, people would rush out to buy Disney-branded mobile phone service.  What's amazing is that in all that time …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Disney Mobile, R.I.P.: 2006 - 2007
Microsoft:
Microsoft Extends Sales Availability of Windows XP  —  Responding to feedback from its customers, the company decides to give small businesses and customers in emerging markets more time and flexibility to test and prepare for the operating system upgrade.  —  In an effort to respond …
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Palm unveils $100 smart-phone  —  Palm unveiled a new smart-phone today that will be available next month for about $100.  That's the lowest introductory price yet for a Palm handset and will make the phone, dubbed the Centro, the least expensive smart-phones on the market.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Skrentablog:
Kosmix releases Google GFS workalike 'KFS' as open source  —  Search startup Kosmix has released a C++ implementation of the Google File System as open source.  This parallels the existing Hadoop/HDFS project which is written in Java.  The Kosmix team has deep engineering talent …
Discussion: OnoTech
Associated Press:
DivX Rises With Yahoo Deal  —  DivX Rises on Yahoo Distribution Deal, Which Will Replace Current Google Agreement  —  NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Shares of video compression software company DivX Inc. rose Thursday after the company said it signed a two-year distribution deal with online search company Yahoo Inc.
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google, Microsoft spar before senators  —  The search firm defends its proposed acquisition of DoubleClick.  Its rival raises antitrust and privacy issues.  —  WASHINGTON — Google Inc. tried to assure senators Thursday that its pending $3.1-billion purchase of online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. posed …
Discussion: Business Week
The Register:
UK users spending more time online  —  Almost 90 per cent of home internet users in the UK now spend six hours or more online each week, according to new research.  —  Analysis from Point Topic's most recent broadband consumer survey indicates that 86.6 per cent of residential internet users spend …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Brian Fonseca / Computerworld:
Iomega breathes new life into Mac hard drive business
Discussion: Neowin.net
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Investigates Blocked Patch Updates in XP
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Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Dell XPS m1730—A Serious Gaming Laptop
Discussion: TechSpot News
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC commissioners: US in dire need of "national broadband strategy"
Discussion: Valleywag and Digg
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Slingbox coming to BlackBerry
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T-EchoStar Talks Heat Up  —  AT&T's (T - Cramer's Take …
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