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7:55 AM ET, September 29, 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 …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
IPhone: iPhone Re-Reviewed (Verdict: Don't Buy)  —  It's about 3 months after the iPhone launch, and happy with the improvements, I was planning to change our "Wait" verdict to a full-on and rabid "Buy".  That wasn't because of Apple, but because of the cool apps being offered by independent developers.
Salon:
If you care about your rights, don't buy an iPhone  —  Late last fall, the Library of Congress issued six exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the far-ranging anti-piracy law that governs virtually all modern technologies.  Among the exemptions was this: It is perfectly legal …
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: broadstuff and Insider Chatter
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
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
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Altered iPhones Freeze Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28 — Since the iPhone hit the market in June, tech-savvy owners of the phone have been busy messing with its insides, figuring out how to add unauthorized software and even "unlock" it for use on networks other than AT&T's.
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Paula Musich / eWEEK.com:
Bain Capital to Acquire 3Com for $2.2B  —  The $2.2 billion deal gives Huawei Technologies a minority share in 3Com.  —  Beleaguered 3Com announced on Sept. 28 that it has struck a deal to be taken private by Bain Capital and former Chinese partner Huawei Technologies for some $2.2 billion.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Data for 800,000 job applicants stolen  —  A laptop containing unencrypted personal information for 800,000 people who applied for jobs with clothing retailer Gap Inc. has been stolen.  —  The computer contained social security numbers and other sensitive information belonging to residents …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
YouTube offer Publishers AdSense Embedded Video Players  —  I've had a number of readers email me in the last 24 hours to let me know that they're seeing options to monetize sites using YouTube custom video players with AdSense units in them.  —  Perhaps this was announced previously without …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Steve Jobs, Motivational Speaker For Yahoo  —  Guess who stopped by to give Yahooligans a little pep talk?  Steve Jobs!  He told the gathering of 300-odd Yahoo (YHOO) vice presidents that they can do anything.  The company with one of the largest Internet user bases can do and achieve anything, he apparently told them.
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: One Microsoft Way and InfoWorld
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Amid disappointing Vista uptake, Microsoft relents on XP execution  —  Responding to feedback from customers and third parties, Microsoft has extended the availability of Windows XP to both original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and retail channels through to June 30, 2008.
Discussion: Microsoft
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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is the Apple TV officially a flop?  (Or: How to fix Apple TV)  —  It's been online for a few days now, but I just spotted (via PaidContent) Fortune's article entitled The iFlop (sub-head: "Steve Jobs tried to design—and dictate—the future of television.  Here's how he failed.")
 
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