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10:00 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:
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps, Relocks iPhones and Sends Them to Semi-Brick Activation Limbo  —  Just released, ready in your iTunes.  This update includes the iTunes Wireless Store, but if you have an unlocked iPhone, be aware that this firmware may make your iPhone unusable.
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?  —  So as the first iPhone owners update their phones to firmware 1.1.1, we're getting reports in that not only do third-party applications no longer work, but a post-update reactivation requires a genuine AT&T SIM.
Discussion: Download Squad, The Apple Core and Digg
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.
Discussion: Engadget
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
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Associated Press and Valleywag
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, NewTeeVee and last100
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Uh, oh. Now anyone can jam your cell phone
Discussion: Ubergizmo and The Raw Feed
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: InfoWorld, PalmAddicts and The Raw Feed
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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 and Reuters
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.
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words  —  We're excited to announce that starting tomorrow (Friday 28, 2007) LinkedIn members will have a new option available: the ability to add a professional photo to their profile.  —  Adding a profile photo is one of the most commonly requested features …
 
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