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10:20 AM ET, November 9, 2007


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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple posts firmware v1.1.2 — goodbye jailbreak!  —  Looks like Apple just published firmware v1.1.2 for the iPhone; hit the download link to grab it yourself because iTunes hasn't yet gotten wise to the fact that it's out.  Details to follow, but don't expect jailbreak …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Early iPhone 1.1.2 update testers confirm it breaks 3d-party apps  —  No definite word yet on whether unlocked iPhones get 'bricked' again  —  iPhone users who downloaded and installed the 1.1.2 update late Thursday reported that, as expected, the upgrade broke third-party applications …
Discussion: Open Source
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple releases iPhone 1.1.2 update  —  As expected, Apple has finally released its 1.1.2 update for iPhone and, presumably, iPod touch.  You can download the ipsw file directly from Apple or upgrade in iTunes.  The associated documentation is here.  —  The clock until a reliable 1.1.2 jailbreak appears begins now.
Discussion: iLounge and O'Grady's PowerPage
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Firmware 1.1.2 Released: Add Calendar Events  —  Alongside the iPhone 1.1.2 update, Apple has also released an iPod Touch 1.1.2 firmware update which is available for some through iTunes.  For those who are impatient, a direct download is also available:  —  iPod1,1_1.1.2_3B48b_Restore.ipsw
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
A few hundred Germans become Europe's first "official" iPhone owners
Discussion: and PalmAddicts
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Radiohead Deny Reports That 60 Percent Of Fans Paid Nothing For In Rainbows  —  Band sets December 31 for physical release of latest album overseas.  —  The physical version of Radiohead's In Rainbows won't be ready for your holiday stocking, but it will be released this year.
Discussion: WebProNews and PSFK
Mathew /
Radiohead: comScore totally inaccurate  —  A New Music Express piece on Radiohead brings with it a rather large knee to the goolies for comScore, which came out with some numbers on downloads of the band's "pay what you want" album In Rainbows (I wrote about comScore's results here).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Releases Multi-file Uploader, Raises File Limits to 1 GB  —  YouTube just announced the availability for Windows users of a desktop uploader (install page here).  Users will now be able to do bulk file uploads.  The company also raised its file size limit from 100 MB to 1 GB.
Associated Press:
Sony CEO sees 'stalemate' in disc fight  —  NEW YORK - The head of Sony Corp., Howard Stringer, said Thursday that the Blu-ray disc format the company has developed as the successor to the DVD is in a "stalemate" with the competing HD DVD format, chiefly backed by Toshiba Corp. and Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and RSS
Nate Weiner / the Idea Shower:
Block Facebook Beacon  —  So here I am, burning some brain cells and taking some time to relax playing a game on Kongregate, when a little window pops up in the corner of my screen and says "Kongregate is sending this to your Facebook profile: Nate played Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 at Kongregate."
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes refurbished PCs its latest WGA anti-piracy target  —  In its ongoing quest to make sure that no potential Windows revenue source is left untapped, Microsoft is expanding its tentacles deeper into the refurbished PC marketplace.  —  On November 9, Microsoft launched a new program …
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: The Sweet Agony That Is Nokia N81  —  It has been nearly 65 days since I went without a phone set change, leading to snide remarks from my co-workers about my fidelity to Apple's iPhone.  Despite getting frustrated with frustrations with iPhone's Email application …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Evan DiBiase / The Evan Series:
Video Rentals Coming Soon to iTunes?  —  Before installing any iTunes upgrade, I dump the strings from the old iTunes binary.  Once the new version has installed, I diff the new version's strings against the old's, to see what shows up.  —  When I did this for the recent 7.5 upgrade, I found the following interesting (new) strings:
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Prosecutor Announces Charges Against The Pirate Bay  —  The Pirate Bay team does not believe that Roswall will be successful in his attempt to take down The Pirate Bay.  They keep repeating that they are just running a search engine and did not store any copyrighted material on their servers.
Discussion: Techdirt, Gadget Lab, p2pnet and Digg
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
If I see another headline about "the iPhone cometh..."  —  It may not have escaped your notice that Apple's iPhone launches today, hence the saturation coverage.  —  In the interests of science, your weary correspondent was planning to throw herself into the throng in Regent Street to get one …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Miriam Widman / Renewable Energy Access:
While Finavera's Buoy Sinks, Hopes of Harnessing Ocean Energy Survive
Discussion: The Register and CNET
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Discussion: Computerworld
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
EU presses U.S. to change Internet gambling law
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 [Screenshot Tour]
Discussion: Digg
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to push desktop version Eee PC next year
Josh Quittner / Fortune:
OMG!!! The end of online stupidity?
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint and Clearwire Nix WiMax Agreement [Wireless]
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
UK set for military space launch
Discussion: The Register
Nintendo DS TV Tuner In Action
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Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
The return of Yahoo FinanceVision [Rumormonger]
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
WordPress founder looks into blogging's future
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Stephen Shankland / CNET
Adobe: Online Photoshop coming this year

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