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12:35 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone can phone home and kill apps?  —  Apple has apparently included a blacklisting mechanism in iPhone OS 2.x via which the device can phone home, check for unauthorized applications, and disable them.  The OS includes a URL that points to a page containing a list of unauthorized applications, specifically:
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple's secret iPhone app blacklist
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A look at risk-reward: Apple may nuke apps on your iPhone remotely
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Rajas Moonka / The Official Google Blog:
New enhancements on the Google content network  —  Today we're announcing some key enhancements on the Google content network (partner sites for which we provide advertising) that will offer a better experience for users and better value for advertisers and publishers.
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Privacy Center
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Much Will Your Startup Be Worth In Three Years?  Go Find Out.  —  See our review of the YouNoodle startup valuation predictor from a couple of days ago (as well as our skeptical post from earlier this year).  The product just came out of private beta.  Look for a tab in the top right corner …
Discussion: AppScout
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
YouNoodle's startup predictor wants to tell you how much your company is worth
Discussion: broadstuff
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC “Ultimate” S101 revealed, and it's brown  —  We've already seen the S101 Ultimate Eee PC at the top of ASUS' Eee PC pyramid of implosion.  ASUS' prez, Jerry Shen, told us earlier to expect the Atom-based netbooks to ship with a 32GB SSD, 10.2-inch, 16:9 aspect LED backlit display and battery life of about 4-5 hours.
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Sze / iTech News Net:
Asus S101 - High-end Eee PC with 64GB SSD
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
At Black Hat, Kaminsky details DNS flaw  —  Security researcher Dan Kaminsky has offered more details about a fundamental flaw in the Domain Name System and the extent of the vulnerability.  —  In a presentation at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday …
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Net address bug worse than feared  —  A recently found flaw in the internet's addressing system is worse than first feared, says the man who found it.  —  Dan Kaminsky made his comments when speaking publicly for the first time about his discovery at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
Discussion: Switched
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple poised for special event this September  —  Although it has not yet been announced, investment bank Piper Jaffray believes it's only a matter of time before Apple reveals plans to hold a special event next month to usher in a new array of iPods and Mac notebooks.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
The Top Five Reasons Not to Upgrade to the New iPhone 3G  —  I've had my new 3G iPhone for about a month now and I thought I'd take a few minutes to write some of my thoughts and reflections on the experience for people who might be considering upgrading to the new 3G iPhone.  First a little background though.
Discussion: Ken Yarmosh … and Lockergnome
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Most iPhone Apps Are Failing To Leverage The Network Effect  —  I'm seeing a trend as I continue to download and test many of the 1,500+ and growing iPhone applications currently available on iTunes: Few of them are really taking advantage of the network effect to build any kind of competitive barrier to entry.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Web Developer and His Wife (A Fairy Tale)  —  There was once a mom and pop kind of web shop selling auction products, making money through the affiliate commissions.  She (the wife) would do the design and customer contacts, and he (the husband) would do the programming of the site.
Jon / p2pnet:
BitTorrent dumps sales staff  —  Products:- Bram Cohen's BitTorrent, the file-sharing protocol which, like P2P file sharing application Kazaa, is most named in the corporate entertainment industry file sharing wars, has fired its entire sales and marketing department, says Valleywag.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
DirecTV Beats on Latin America Growth, Stock Off  —  Even in a recession, you gotta have satellite TV, apparently, especially if it's your ONLY TV service in rural parts of the US and South America.  DirecTV (DTV) this morning announced sales for its second quarter that beat expectations …
Discussion: Voices
Simon Sage / BlackBerry Cool:
BlackBerry Pearl 8220 coming to Rogers!  What's a Kickstart?,  —  UPDATE: Our friend Fake Ted Rogers has also told us that the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 should also be arriving to Rogers in September like its T-Mobile counterpart.  —  The upcoming BlackBerry Kickstart is coming to Rogers sometime in Q3!
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Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces the slim and elegant T700 - a phone that shines above the rest  —  Shine with the new Sony Ericsson T700, a phone with slim elegance that will help you stand out from the crowd.  This flawless phone combines timeless design and premium features for the mainstream market.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and IntoMobile
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WMG Call: Bronfman: We're Not Doing As Bad As The Rest Of The Music Industry  —  Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music Group's Chairman and CEO, began the call offering a set stats designed to show how the company is outpacing the rest of the music industry—or at least doing less worse.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reuters
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PwnageTool 2.0.2 ready “in next few hours,” jailbreakers prepare your engines  —  It's not the iPhone 3G unlock yet, but at least those of you who held-off from updating your iPhone to the 2..1 firmware are about to get a taste of improved stability and snappy keyboarding while early updaters …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple's iPhone Takes a Toll  —  With the debut of the new iPhone 3G, rival phonemakers and wireless operators—and possibly Apple—will feel the impact  —  Last year, when Apple (AAPL) unveiled its iPhone and made it available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, the debut sent ripples throughout the cell-phone industry.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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iPhone Coders Miffed, Muzzled By Apple's NDA
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‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Sirius Q2 Loss Narrows; Subs Up 25 Percent; A Long Wait …
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