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11:15 AM ET, September 28, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Apple updates iPhone. Legal, unhacked phones become bricks?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhoneSimFree-unlocked iPhones require AT&T SIM to reactivate
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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 …
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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
BBC:
Microsoft bows to pressure on XP
Discussion: CrunchGear
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.
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Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Creates 'EyeLab' To Woo Web Surfers  —  CBS Corp. thinks Web surfers would rather watch a blooper reel from the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" than an actual episode of the show.  —  To cater to what it believes is the short attention span of online audiences, the network today is launching CBS EyeLab …
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.
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: Insider Chatter and OnoTech
Cristina Jimenez / BBC:
British Library books go digital  —  More than 100,000 old books previously unavailable to the public will go online thanks to a mass digitisation programme at the British Library.  —  The programme focuses on 19th Century books, many of which are unknown as few were reprinted after first editions.
Discussion: eFoundations
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
VOIP provider Jajah gives subscribers toll-free Internet calling  —  (InfoWorld) - VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service provider Jajah is offering its subscribers toll-free call buttons that they can place on their Web sites, enabling site visitors to immediately set up phone calls to Jajah subscribers in 122 countries.
Discussion: VentureBeat
PR Newswire:
Daniel Cooperman to Join Apple as General Counsel  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that Daniel Cooperman, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Oracle Corporation, will join Apple as the company's senior vice president …
Associated Press:
Texting, Facebook used to alert students  —  NEW YORK - When a masked freshman came to campus at St. John's University with what police said was a loaded rifle sticking out of a bag, the school alerted students via cell-phone text messages within 18 minutes.
Discussion: WebProNews and New York Times
 
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