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11:50 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.
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
Jonathan Seff / iPhone Central:
Bricking my iPhone  —  I guess Apple was telling the truth.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Apple updates iPhone. Legal, unhacked phones become bricks?
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
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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.
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Update: Huawei, investment fund to buy 3Com for $2B  —  (InfoWorld) - Network equipment vendor 3Com has agreed to be acquired by associates of Bain Capital and of Huawei Technology in a deal worth $2.2 billion, 3Com said Friday.  —  Huawei affiliate Shenzhen Huawei Investment & Holding Co …
Discussion: The Register and Tech Trader Daily
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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.
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 …
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone a No-Show in Paris: UPDATE  —  UPDATE: Under the headline "EXCLUSIF Orange et Apple au bord de la rupture" the French weekly Challenges reports on its website today that Apple (AAPL) and France Télécom (which owns Orange) have indeed come to loggerheads.
Discussion: The Register
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
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: CNET News.com
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
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