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1:15 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A look at risk-reward: Apple may nuke apps on your iPhone remotely  —  Apple apparently can disable App Store software remotely on your iPhone 3G.  The iPhone calls home and poof the application is nuked.  —  Needless to say that this has caused a bit of a blog ruckus (Techmeme).
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple's secret iPhone app blacklist
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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
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 …
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Net address bug worse than feared
Discussion: Switched
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
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
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?
Discussion: Crave, Boy Genius Report and Gizmodo
David Hayhurst / Agence France Presse:
Illegal downloads near BO levels in France  —  Leaked report reveals scale of pircy problem  —  PARIS — According to a report from a leading national anti-piracy association, close to 450,000 illegal downloads of recent films are being made every day in France, putting illegal pirate copies close …
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Piracy could put film industry out of business, warns group
Discussion: Digg
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft searching for Olympic medals  —  Although it talks about the battle with Google as a marathon rather than a sprint, Microsoft is hoping that the Olympics will help give its Internet properties a tail wind.  —  As Google and Yahoo are also doing, Microsoft is tailoring its search results to feature Olympics content.
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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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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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
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
 
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
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Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
From the Trenches: OS Who?  —  Between reviewing tons of plans …
Scott Loganbill / webmonkey:
iPhone Coders Miffed, Muzzled By Apple's NDA
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Digg
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‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes
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Earnings: Sirius Q2 Loss Narrows; Subs Up 25 Percent; A Long Wait …
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Apple's iPhone Takes a Toll
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