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3:40 PM ET, November 9, 2007

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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.2 iPod touch Jailbroken—before its official release!  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And here is the first picture from a jailbroken 1.1.2 iPod touch, courtesy of hacker planetbeing.  Congratulations to all the iPhone/iPod team, including Pumpkin, Edgan, Dinopio, Drudge, Kroo, and all the rest.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Firmware 1.1.2 Released: Add Calendar Events [Update: Jailbroken]
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple releases iPhone 1.1.2 update
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Early iPhone 1.1.2 update testers confirm it breaks 3d-party apps
Discussion: Open Source
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:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Movie Rentals Are Baked Into the Latest Version of iTunes.  —  Look inside the code of the latest version of iTunes (version 7.5), and you will find eight lines that speak volumes about Apple's next move in video.  Movie rentals and video-on-demand, it appears, are now baked into iTunes, just waiting to be turned on.
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Reuters:
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany  —  COLOGNE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hundreds of German Apple (AAPL.O) fans braved rain and wind before dawn to be among the first in Europe to get their hands on an iPhone but the arrival of the year's hottest consumer gadget passed most Germans by.
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
If I see another headline about "the iPhone cometh..."
Discussion: Computerworld
BBC:
Apple iPhone debuts in UK stores
Discussion: p2pnet, PalmAddicts and textually.org
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Nigeria favors Linux vendor Mandriva over Microsoft once more  —  San Francisco - Microsoft may not have beaten French Linux vendor Mandriva in a large deal to supply Nigerian elementary schools with laptop computers and software after all.  —  Mandriva had closed a deal in mid-August …
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Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Facebook ad system raises privacy concerns  —  'They are pushing the boundaries,' says one privacy advocate  —  Just days after Facebook unveiled plans for a new advertising network that relies on user-provided details about themselves for marketers to target their ads, some legal experts said the system may violate privacy laws.
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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 iPhone's email application (I carry a Blackberry to get some serenity) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun
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.
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.
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Live Search gets gimmicky: taps prizes to lure search engine users, data  —  How do you win in the search engine wars?  Two approaches suggest themselves: 1) build a better search engine or 2) bribe users.  Microsoft is trying option two in hopes of gathering enough data to make option one a reality.
Discussion: MarketWatch and Mashable!
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can WiMAX be saved?  —  It costs money to build a nationwide network, even a citywide one.  Without some assurance of a return, few people want to go up against the current shared monopoly and drive down prices.  —  That's the clear message of the Clearwire-Sprint split on WiMAX …
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results  —  Clearwire Adds 49,000 Net New Subscribers to End the Third Quarter 2007 with 348,000 Subscribers, up from 162,000 at the End of Third Quarter 2006.  Service Revenue Increases over 117% Relative to Same Quarter in the Prior Year
Mark Ward / BBC:
Graphics chips rev up research results  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Every serious PC gamer knows what a difference a good graphics card can make to the fun they have.  —  But it is not just hardcore gamers who have recognised the worth of a PC graphics card.
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
The Register:
Dublin designer branches out with 'tree' PC  —  An innovative tree-shaped PC that allows users to upgrade parts of the computer separately when required, has won a major design award.  —  Laura Caulwell (22), a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) took home …
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
David Pogue / New York Times:
Reaching for Apple, Falling Short  —  The iPhone's biggest achievement isn't any particular feature; it's the way Apple took veto power away from the cellphone carriers.  —  Ordinarily, Verizon, Sprint and their rivals are the gatekeepers for phone features.
 
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Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AT&T HITS HANG-UP ON CROSS-AD SALES STAFF
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Time Warner Cable To Employ DNS Redirection - The 'butterfinger …
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple fans camp out for iPhone
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Prosecutor Announces Charges Against The Pirate Bay
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First Look at Firefox 3.0 [Screenshot Tour]
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