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4:35 PM ET, September 29, 2007

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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.
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Gizmodo says Don't buy an iPhone  —  This week's Apple iPhone update may have bricked a few hacked phones, but this is the least important part of the problem.  What probably upset many more early adopters was the way Apple wiped out their applications, reducing their phones to the "official" software.
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 …
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.
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Hacked 1.0 iPhone Firmware vs. Official 1.1.1  —  9to5Mac has gone to the trouble of enumerating the myriad differences between using the hacked 1.0.2 iTunes software and the newly-released official 1.1.1 setup.  It went into the details of the new updates and offered a nice chart.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Killer Feature Coming Soon  —  Back in August I suggested that if Facebook allowed you to place your friends in specific groups (e.g. professional, social, family, etc) and assign custom privacy settings, LinkedIn would be doomed.  While Facebook is going to have to work toward putting …
Discussion: rexblog.com and /Message
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Trackers Back Online, Site Still Down  —  The demonoid downtime caused quite some controversy, especially after the popular Dutch news site nu.nl reported that the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) was responsible for the downtime.  —  We contacted both the CRIA …
Discussion: p2pnet and Digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Payloads for Twitter  —  Back in 2001, I wrote a document called Payloads for RSS that explained how you could attach something to a RSS item.  I didn't explain how a RSS app would display or play one of these things, that would come later.  —  Today, we may be at a similar place with Twitter.
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
"Rock Band" PS3/Xbox360 Price Set, PS2 Release Moved Up To 2007  —  The many arms of the Multiplayer blog reach many sectors of MTV.  Today we've got some inside scoop on the pricing info for "Rock Band," a game that many people are expecting, but that so many people are expecting to be expensive.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Kotaku
InfoWorld:
iPhone's Bluetooth bug under the hacker microscope  —  (InfoWorld) - Almost lost in the hubbub over Thursday's iPhone firmware update and whether it would "brick" unlocked phones was the fact that Apple patched 10 vulnerabilities — twice the number of fixes issued since the phone's June debut.
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.
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.")
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
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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Geekzone Blog:
Visa unveils Visa Micro Tag contactless payment device  —  Visa is making available the Visa Micro Tag, a new key fob payment device embedded with Visa payWave, the company's contactless technology feature.  The Visa Micro Tag is designed to easily attach to a key ring …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The RFID Weblog and CrunchGear
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