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1:25 AM ET, September 28, 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 …
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.
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhoneSimFree-unlocked iPhones require AT&T SIM to reactivate
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Gizmodo:
iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Infinite Loop
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 and TechCrunch
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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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 …
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
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Palm launches Centro smart phone for mass market consumers on Sprint Nextel
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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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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Senators Probe Google Acquisition
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 …
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 …
AOL Beta:
AOL Desktop for Mac  —  Welcome to the beta test of AOL® Desktop for Mac®.  —  AOL is back for Mac.  AOL is reaffirming its commitment to Mac users with the first beta release of a brand new, all-in-one web software, now available for download: AOL Desktop for Mac.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
 
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
iPhone update re-locking handsets, disabling 3rd-party apps?
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T-EchoStar Talks Heat Up  —  AT&T's (T - Cramer's Take …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Ethics Group Rips Google on Copyrights
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WiMAX backers positioning 802.16e as an alternative to municipal WiFi
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Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:
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