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8:10 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 …
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
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
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
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:
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: Ubergizmo and The Raw Feed
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Streaming Internet Content with Internet TV Beta to Windows Media Center
Discussion: Download Squad, NewTeeVee and last100
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T-EchoStar Talks Heat Up  —  AT&T's (T - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) long-running discussions with EchoStar (DISH - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) seem to be heating up.  —  The most recent talks have AT&T offering $55 a share with EchoStar hoping to hold out for $65 a share, say people familiar with the companies.
 
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