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4:20 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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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.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Much ado about the iPhone's ‘kill-switch’  —  The discovery of a “kill-switch” inside the iPhone 2.0 software prompted much consternation and little fact-finding.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple's iPhone “kill-switch” has prompted much hand-wringing, despite the fact that no one knows exactly what it does.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple's secret iPhone app blacklist
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Cybersecurity lessons from the Civil War
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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.
Christina Clark / Download Squad:
SlingPlayer 2.0 released today  —  Slingbox from SlingMedia is one of my favorite things to use.  Being rather addicted to watching the Food Network and TLC's What Not to Wear it's great to just grab my laptop and check out what's on wherever I am.  My favorite time to use Slingbox?
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
When selling up becomes selling out  —  What's the difference between selling up and selling out?  In theory, the difference between the two is simple.  Imagine a graph that pits the amount of money you get against the fulfilled potential of your idea: selling up is when you make a deal …
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Should you sell out your next big open source idea?
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Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA ‘MediaSentry’ owner hired by China  —  P2P:- It seems somehow fitting that SafeNet, a leader in digital wrongs and owner of seriously discredited RIAA ‘private eye’ MediaSentry, has been hired by the People's Republic of China.  —  SafeNet is to provide DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) …
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Wired News:
Watch the Olympics Online
Discussion: Lifehacker, PSFK and CrunchGear
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The myth of the creative class  —  As I near the end of writing my book, one lesson that has struck me is about the will of most people to create, and the new possibilities the Google age brings us.  —  One survey I quote says that 81 percent of us say we have a book in us.
Discussion: contentious.com
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 …
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.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Two weeks until iPhone 3G Launch v2.0  —  The new iPhone 3G is already available in 22 countries, but the device is about to launch in 21 more in just a couple of weeks.  We have been trying to keep the noise down by not posting about every single country on earth that will be getting …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Piracy could put film industry out of business, warns group  —  Illegal downloads of popular films are nearly as numerous as box office visits, a French antipiracy association claims.  The Association Against Audiovisual Piracy (ALPA) analyzed P2P traffic in France between November 2007 …
Discussion: The Digital Home and Digg
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David Hayhurst / Agence France Presse:
Illegal downloads near BO levels in France
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner Music to rhythm games: pay up or the music gets it!  —  Oh, for the return of the 80s!  The US went mad for synthesizers, leggings, and Reagan, while music executives went mad for Beemers and blow.  But the major labels have been hemorrhaging cash and jobs for years now …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitterfone Releases Full Audio Interface For Twitter  —  Twitterfone launched in May to let Twitter users post new messages by calling in to a phone number and speaking out what they want to say.  The service then converts the message to text and posts it to your Twitter account along with a link to the audio file.
Discussion: Mozilla Labs and Lockergnome
 
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Glam's Not-So-Pretty, BFF Approach To Pushing Its ComScore Numbers Higher
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Mozilla's “Snowl” hunts Twitter, RSS, and (soon) e-mail
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Web Video Producers: We're Pretty Sure There's A Business Here, Somewhere
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Online marketers unhappy with Microhoo saga outcome
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Apps Hit by Prolonged Gmail Access Problem
Discussion: eWeek and The Inquisitr
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft searching for Olympic medals
Stuart Schwartzapfel / Autopia:
Lotus Makes Hybrids Sound Like Real Cars
Discussion: Techdirt, DailyTech and Engadget
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PwnageTool 2.0.2 ready “in next few hours,” jailbreakers prepare your engines
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BitTorrent dumps sales staff
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Sony Ericsson announces the slim and elegant T700 …
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