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11:10 AM ET, December 30, 2007

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Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
iPhone 1.1.3 firmware feature gallery  —  Looks like the soon-to-be-released iPhone firmware 1.1.3 has quite a few surprises.  We were able to get a look at it, and here is what we found:  —  That is all we have found for now.  We also know that is you used AnySIM to unlock your phone, you can expect the 1.1.3 update to brick it.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Video of iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 in Action and Evidence Shows Update Is Real  —  Here's a video of the allegedly iPhone Firmware 1.1.3.  Update: It is very real, according to Natetrue and the evidence we have gathered from him.  Knowing that the mighty Natetrue (the author of iBrickr …
Discussion: Odelbee and Slashdot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Updates from Your Gmail Contacts  —  One of the reasons why the chat box can no longer be disabled in the new version of Gmail is that it will include some new features: updates from your contacts.  Yes, they are the same contacts you barely know, but these updates will help you learn more about them.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
GMail: The New Social Network  —  What is the true measure of your social graph?  If you ask Google, the answer is found in your contact database.  In further moves designed to create a defacto social network, it was discovered by the source code sleuthings of Ionut Alex Chitu …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Gmail source code hints at social feature
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Will Google Pull a Plaxo?
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Randall Stross / New York Times:
How to Lose Your Job on Your Own Time  —  WERE Henry Ford brought back to life today, he would most likely be delighted by the Internet: the uninhibited way many people express themselves on the Web makes it easy to supervise the private lives of employees.  —  In his day, the Ford Motor …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google is God  —  For something I'm working on, I compiled a bunch of stats on Google (sorry, I didn't intend to blog it and so I didn't capture all the links, but I found the collection so compelling I thought I'd share it):  —  • Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.”
myfoxdc.com:
Girl Gets Bizarre Surprise Instead of iPod  —  A little girl thought she was getting an iPod for Christmas but ended up getting a rude surprise.  She got the box but when she opened it up, she found a surprising switch: the iPod had been replaced with a bizarre note.
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
VC's New Math: Does Less = More?  —  Thiel Seeks to Change Old Habits by Investing Small on Start-Ups  —  Three years ago, Peter Thiel, who runs a small venture-capital concern called Founders Fund, plowed $500,000 into a little-known social-networking Web site called Facebook Inc. Later on, his company invested a bit more.
Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
New security rules for batteries on planes  —  If you don't want to lose your spare lithium batteries for your camera, notebook or cell phone, you might want to pack carefully for your next flight.  —  New rules from the Transportation and Security Administration that take effect …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
2007 Metrics  —  Last year, when I posted some stats for this blog, I didn't realize that many blogs do that.  These stats aren't very important to me, but I'll still post some numbers that could reflect the evolution of this blog.  The stats are provided by Google Analytics and FeedBurner.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
WhatsOpen shows you what nearby stores are open  —  WhatsOpen, a secretive local search company that has promised an easier way to find which stores are open near you, is now in public beta.  Just type in the name of what you're looking for, and your location.
Discussion: Valleywag
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Subvert And Profit Unapologetically Targets YouTube  —  Subvert And Profit is a service that lets users pay to get their sites on Digg (and more recently StumbleUpon).  —  Unlike Pay Per Post, the company doesn't waste a lot of time trying to spin their business into something socially acceptable.
LinuxInsider:
Convincing the Military to Embrace Open Source  —  One common misconception about open source software is that it can be changed by anyone and is less secure; however, most open source is strictly governed.  For example, the Apache Software Foundation has tight configuration management controls for developers.
Discussion: Profy.Com and Slashdot
Ryan / WordPress › Blog Tool and Weblog Platform:
WordPress 2.3.2  —  WordPress 2.3.2 is an urgent security release that fixes a bug that can be used to expose your draft posts.  2.3.2 also suppresses some error messages that can give away information about your database table structure and limits and stops some information leaks in the XML-RPC and APP implementations.
 
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