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11:20 PM ET, September 28, 2007

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iphoneSimFree.com:
Seems there is a bit of confusion about our last post.  Here are some of the most common questions, with some corresponding answers.  —  Q. Why do you say it is unlocked if you can't activate a non AT&T sim?  —  A. There is a difference between unlocking and activation.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone update: facts and fiction  —  If you haven't already bitten the bullet and taken your unlocked iPhone down that scariest of paths, the 1.1.1 update, we're here to sort out a bit of the hearsay from the actual and fairly inconvenient truth.  Even if you have already updated …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
5 things you need to know about the iPhone 1.1.1 update  —  Before you hit that 'Upgrade' button, here are a few items of community interest to consider.  —  1. It's a one-way street.  You cannot downgrade the firmware back to 1.0.2, not even using the alt-Restore trick that lets you pick an ipsw file to restore from.
Doc Searls Weblog:
Go from hell  —  Why do we continue, in 2007, to believe that markets are all about What Big Companies Do?  Worse, why do we continue to take advertising for granted as the primary source of the the Bux DeLuxe required to fund technical, social and personal progress?
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Business Week:
Google's Game-Changing Phone  —  Mobile biggies are quaking at the idea of competition from a free, ad-based service  —  Imagine your cellphone as a mini marketing machine.  As you head into your car after dinner, a text alert pops onto the screen of your handset announcing the 9 p.m. lineup at a nearby cineplex.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and broadstuff
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Act Now and Get a Downgrade to the OS You Really Want, ABSOLUTELY FREE!  —  It's looking more and more like the pent-up demand for Windows Vista we've heard so much about this past year is really just pent-up demand for Windows XP.  —  With Vista failing to win over the consumer …
Discussion: Engadget
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Amid disappointing Vista uptake, Microsoft relents on XP execution
Discussion: Microsoft
Adena DeMonte / GigaOM:
Ad-Supported "Free" Music Plays On: SpiralFrog, Imeem, QTrax  —  As Apple (APPL) and Amazon (AMZN) duke it out in the MP3 price war, music publishers are still trying to figure out how to cash in on a crowd that will go to great lengths to get its music for free.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and hypebot
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Sony now streaming music for free on imeem
Discussion: WebProNews
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple, Jobs, AT&T sued over iPhone price cut, rebates  —  Apple Inc., along with its chief executive and exclusive U.S. iPhone wireless partner AT&T, have been hit with a new lawsuit from a disgruntled customer who charges the trio with a variety of offenses stemming from the recent iPhone price cut.
Discussion: Crave, Engadget, Macsimum News and Digg
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gap says laptop with applicant data stolen  —  The Gap said Friday that a laptop containing personal information of about 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a third party vendor.  —  The vendor, which wasn't named, manages job applicant data for the Gap.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Data for 800,000 job applicants stolen
Discussion: TechSpot News
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with newspaper blogs is . . .  . . . they are on newspaper sites.  —  I've come to argue that newspapers should not be big brands but big collections of brands.  —  If I develop a relationship with a blog, I don't go searching for it through the many layers of an adventure game that is newspaper-site navigation.
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 …
BBC:
Apple update disables iPhones  —  An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.  —  Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device "permanently inoperable".
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo tops Google in quality of searches, study says  —  While Google dominates market share, Yahoo gets more users to click on results  —  September 28, 2007 (Computerworld) — While Google Inc. dominates the search query business, results generated by Yahoo Inc.'s search engine result …
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Rumor: Xbox 360 Core Discontinued  —  Xbox 360 Core Discontinued  —  GameStop should just go ahead and put our tips email in their distribution list, because as soon as something interesting pops up on their POS system, we get a good four or five emails regarding it.  The latest?
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
AJAX and the Mobile Web  —  A workshop will allow leading vendors to address the mobile Web and the need for more applications.  —  With smart phones becoming more prevalent among users and delivering greater capability than ever before, where are the applications to take advantage of all this power?
Discussion: InfoWorld
 
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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is the Apple TV officially a flop? (Or: How to fix Apple TV)
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
IPhone: iPhone Re-Reviewed (Verdict: Don't Buy)
Geekzone Blog:
Visa unveils Visa Micro Tag contactless payment device
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Street View Spreads To Europe?
Unstrung:
Cisco Wooing WiMax Vendors?
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
Deconstrucing Google's Billboard Experiment
Discussion: Screenwerk
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Senator: Verizon Wireless Proves Need for Net Neutrality
Discussion: Mashable!
Wallstrip:
9-28-07 Wallstrip Chat: Paul Kedrosky
Discussion: BlueBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
OLPC Has A Network Problem
Discussion: Valleywag
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Asus intros U1E ultra-portable laptop
Discussion: Mobility Site
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Again Is Calling Overseas
Discussion: GigaOM and contentSutra.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA continues war on illicit online video, sues Cinematube, Ssupload
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone a No-Show in Paris: UPDATE
Discussion: The Register
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
Slide.com Grows 228% May - Sep, Overtakes Flickr in NZ
Cristina Jimenez / BBC:
British Library books go digital