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9:25 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.
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.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple Geniuses are reportedly unbricking iPhones  —  Apple continues posting warning signs around their stores, cautioning customers that unlocked and modded iPhones fall outside their warranty.  And at the same time, Apple Geniuses around the country quietly are reportedly accepting bricked iphones …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple has a PR nightmare brewing...  Tons of people on Twitter are reporting problems with their iPhones.  Including my son.  Including Jeff Clavier.  Anyone else having this problem?  These are people who have not unlocked their iPhones.  I'm about to update mine and will report what happens.
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhoneSimFree-unlocked iPhones require AT&T SIM to reactivate
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digital Daily
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Robert Vamosi / CNET   Apple patches 10 iPhone flaws
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 …
George Ou:
More facts and less hysteria on Vista, please!  —  In the latest round of hysteria to be written about Windows Vista, Don Reisinger regurgitates the usual hysteria about Windows Vista mixed in with a pinch of facts here and there.  Don spouts off the usual nonsense about sales, UAC, and even DRM.
Discussion: The Register
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
Google Buys Mobile Apps' Zingku & Its Ripple9 Site
Discussion: GigaOM
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
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.
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
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
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
5 Tips To Spot A Hot (or Not) IPO  —  The floodgates are back open for tech IPOs.  Since August - a seasonally sluggish month compounded this year with market turmoil - VMWare (VMW), MercadoLibre (MELI) and athenahealth (ATHN) went out with ecstatic receptions.  The pipeline could start getting crowded.
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