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4:00 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 …
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.
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple has a PR nightmare brewing...
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhoneSimFree-unlocked iPhones require AT&T SIM to reactivate
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
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iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested: Breaks 3rd-party Apps …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digital Daily
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  —  Boston-based Zingku is the brainchild of MIT-educated Sami Shalabi who launched the startup in May 2006.  Before that he was with IBM for half a decade.  His co-CEOs are Mussie Shore, who was CTO at McKinsey, and Marty Fahey, who was CEO of publicly traded Webhire.
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Having Learned Nothing From ESPN Mobile Debacle, Disney Closes Disney Mobile  —  Disney explored the MVNO concept for years, convinced that given the opportunity, people would rush out to buy Disney-branded mobile phone service.  What's amazing is that in all that time …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google, Microsoft spar before senators  —  The search firm defends its proposed acquisition of DoubleClick.  Its rival raises antitrust and privacy issues.  —  WASHINGTON — Google Inc. tried to assure senators Thursday that its pending $3.1-billion purchase of online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. posed …
Discussion: Business Week
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Microsoft:
Brad Smith: As Prepared Oral Testimony, U.S. Senate Subcommittee …
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 …
Associated Press:
DivX Rises With Yahoo Deal  —  DivX Rises on Yahoo Distribution Deal, Which Will Replace Current Google Agreement  —  NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Shares of video compression software company DivX Inc. rose Thursday after the company said it signed a two-year distribution deal with online search company Yahoo Inc.
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
 
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Brian Fonseca / Computerworld:
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 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WiMAX backers positioning 802.16e as an alternative to municipal WiFi
Discussion: Slashdot
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