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9:35 AM ET, November 21, 2007


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T-Mobile says to sell iPhone without contract  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone (VOD.L) obtained a court injunction against it.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
T-Mobile responds to Vodafone iPhone injunction: $1,500 unlocked iPhones  —  T-Mobile just issued a press release in response to Vodafone's efforts to unravel the iPhone exclusive offering in Germany.  In the statement, T-Mobile claims that they will appeal the ruling (they have two weeks to do so) …
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
IPhone Must Be Offered Without Contract Restrictions, German Court Rules  —  Last month, French law forced Apple to promise that consumers could buy a version of its iPhone in this country without having to be locked into a long-term contract with Orange, the only mobile phone operator offering the new device.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Germany Sells $1,478 Unlocked iPhone to Avoid Legal Troubles, Tells Vodafone That They Suck (Updated) [IPhone Wars]  —  Responding to Vodafone's whining and legal action about the iPhone in Germany, T-Mobile has published a press release that basically tells Vodafone to TFSU …
Discussion: I4U News
Newspaper Association of America:
ONLINE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING GROWTH CONTINUES — JUMPS 21 PERCENT IN THIRD QUARTER  —  Increased spending on newspaper Web sites boosts online share to more than seven percent of all newspaper ad dollars  —  Arlington, Va. - Advertising expenditures for newspaper Web sites increased …
Newspaper online ads up  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online advertising spending at U.S. newspapers rose 21 percent in the third quarter but failed to offset a print ad spending decline, according to a study released Tuesday.  —  While ad spending on newspaper Web sites rose to $773 million …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Newspaper Ad Sales Up Online, Down in Print
Arn / MacRumors:
'Don't Give Up on Vista' Web Ad  —  Several readers have noted a new web-only advertisement from Apple that has appeared on a number of sites, including,, and  —  The Apple advertisement features "Mac" and "PC" as played by Justin Long and John Hodgman in a web ad composed of two separate components.
John Leyden / The Register:
Google serves up surprise password cracking function  —  A Cambridge University researcher successfully used Google to unearth a password used by an attacker to compromise its security blog.  —  The attacker created an account in Wordpress when he attacked the Light the Blue Touch Paper blog …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET takes on Facebook's 'Beacon' ads  —  Online activist group is poised to announce a campaign targeting Facebook's "Beacon" advertisements, which post information about users' activity on partner sites (movie rentals, purchases from online retailers) onto their friends' News Feeds.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Latest target of MoveOn: Facebook
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Google Maps Should Push The Wikipedia Analogy Further  —  Google comes out with a seemingly unending stream of little enhancements to its stable of excellent online properties.  One of the more exciting additions to come along in a while is the fact that users of Google Maps will now be able to move the markers on Google Maps.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET
Google Maps gets user-generated markers
Discussion: TechSpot News
Kent German / CNET
Verizon's new Samsung FlipShot  —  Heads up everyone, Samsung has announced another new cell phone.  I know that a shocker, it's not as if the company has announced any other new models in this short holiday week, but try to contain your your surprise.  The new Samsung Flipshot, aka the SCH-U900 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Set-Top Box (Think Android For TV)  —  Deep in the Googleplex there is an engineering team thinking about how to extend Google's reach into your TV.  Its work goes way beyond the Google TV ads currently being tested by EchoStar (and targeted with help from Nielsen).
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
What If Gmail Had Been Designed by Microsoft?  —  Today I want to ponder the question: what if Microsoft, not Google, had created Gmail?  What would be the differences in that web mail client for users today?  What if we apply some of the same design rules that brought us Hotmail, for instance?
Nokia Sports Tracker Beta - New Online Service  —  Wow - I am very, very impressed!  I have just taken Nokia Sports Tracker Beta for a quick spin and this new service, functionality and strategic direction has left me speechless.  —  Let's start with a recap.  Nokia Sports Tracker was released in March this year.
Join the Firefox Testday - Friday, 23.  November !  —  November, 2007!  —  We will test the upcoming Firefox with Release Candidate Builds on this test day.  You find the RC1 Builds for download here !  —  The event will run Friday, November 23, 2007, from 7am - 5pm PST
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Discussion: Digg
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