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1:15 PM 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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple updates iPhone. Legal, unhacked phones become bricks?
Discussion: Gadgetophile
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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BBC:
Microsoft bows to pressure on XP  —  Customer demand has forced Microsoft to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months.  —  Microsoft was scheduled to stop selling the six-year-old operating system on 30 January 2008 to leave the field clear for Vista.
Discussion: Download Squad and CrunchGear
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Act Now and Get a Downgrade to the OS You Really Want, ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Discussion: Ars Technica
George Ou:
More facts and less hysteria on Vista, please!
Discussion: The Register
Susan Lundgren / Apple:
Daniel Cooperman to Join Apple as General Counsel  —  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, general counsel and secretary, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's growth, an unwinnable iPhone war and a reputation at risk  —  Apple is clearly in a war with hackers over the iPhone and its most loyal fans could take a few hits.  How Apple performs through these battles will determine the company's overall reputation going forward.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Bits
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steve Jobs Girds for the Long iPhone War
Business Wire:
3Com Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by Bain Capital Partners for $5.30 Per Share in Cash  —  Transaction valued at $2.2 billion  —  MARLBOROUGH, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS - News) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired …
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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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA continues war on illicit online video, sues Cinematube, Ssupload  —  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed suit against two web sites that it says facilitate copyright infringement.  Cinematube and Ssupload were both named in the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot News
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Reuters:
Hollywood studios go after two piracy sites
Discussion: 901am and Mashable!
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: Profy.Com and eFoundations
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
Slide.com Grows 228% May - Sep, Overtakes Flickr in NZ  —  Photo-sharing website, Slide.com grew by 228% between 5 May 2007 and 22 September 2007, overtaking Flickr during the week ending 8 September 2007 in the New Zealand market.  Slide.com ranked at second position in the Hitwise Entertainment …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Die!  Press release!  Die!  Die!  Die!  —  I've been telling the PR industry for some time now that things cannot go along as they are . . . business as usual while mainstream media goes to hell in a hand basket.  I've been saying this privately and publicly and having some very useful discussions on this topic.
Discussion: WebProNews
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
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google Defends the DoubleClick Deal  —  In Senate hearings on the proposed acquisition, critics say the deal would give Google too much control of the online advertising market  —  Google (GOOG) is watching you.  But you already knew that.  Every time you conduct a search using its search engine …
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Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google, Microsoft spar before senators
Discussion: eWEEK.com, WebProNews and Computerworld
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
From PARC, the mobile phone as tour guide
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone a No-Show in Paris: UPDATE
Discussion: The Register
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Internet Recession Watch: Awful Housing Gets Worse
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report:
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Discussion: MacUser
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
VOIP provider Jajah gives subscribers toll-free Internet calling
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
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Joe Keiser / Next Generation:
New 360 Bundles For Christmas?  —  Best Buy's website …
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Associated Press:
Texting, Facebook used to alert students
Discussion: WebProNews and New York Times
The Register:
UK users spending more time online
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Having Learned Nothing From ESPN Mobile Debacle, Disney Closes Disney Mobile
Discussion: CNET News.com
Brian Fonseca / Computerworld:
Iomega breathes new life into Mac hard drive business
Discussion: Neowin.net
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Palm unveils $100 smart-phone
Discussion: Neowin.net
 

 
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