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12:20 PM ET, September 14, 2008

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why iPhone is an ureliable platform  —  I wouldn't invest in or develop an iPhone app because Apple could decide not to approve it, and if they don't approve it you can't sell it.  You can't even give it away.  You don't find out if you've been approved until the last step …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Of Course You'll Keep Developing For The iPhone  —  Developers like Frasier Speirs and Dave Winer are protesting Apple's rejection of some iPhone applications, and saying they will no longer develop on the platform (let's leave aside the fact that as far as I know Winer never developed for the iPhone in the first place).
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple to iPhone Developers: Don't Compete With Us?  —  If Apple really won't allow apps that resemble its own onto the iPhone, it's terrible news for everybody.  Including Apple.
Fraser Speirs:
App Store: I'm out.  —  I will never write another iPhone application …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
One in five employers uses social networks in hiring process  —  CareerBuilder.com says one third of hiring managers rejected candidates based on what they found  —  Computerworld) More than one in five employers search social networking sites to screen job candidates …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PC World
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google wants your Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL contacts  —  A Googling Google reader noticed that their Sandbox iGoogle page had a new link on it today — unfortunately, subsequent attempts to see it were fruitless.  He says the link was something like “Find friends that are using iGoogle”, and clicking it took him to an interesting page.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Stuck in Google's Doghouse  —  A few days ago, Dan Savage had his lawyer send a nine-page, 4,000-word letter to the antitrust division of the Justice Department.  Mr. Savage, 59, runs Sourcetool.com, a business-to-business Web site that acts as a directory, listing — and ranking …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spore: Most Pirated Game Ever Thanks to DRM  —  Spore was without doubt the most anticipated game of the year.  The game itself has blown away the people who have played it, but the DRM encouraged thousands to get their copy illegally.  Already Spore has been downloaded more than 500,000 times …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Office 2007 Reaches a New Low  —  That's the price I saw earlier today on a big display near the checkout counter at the San Diego Fry's Electronics.  I was stunned, since the software lists for $149.99.  Fry's might as well be giving it away.  Back-to-school specials are fairly common for Office …
Discussion: Lockergnome
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Internet in the Sky: Surf but Don't Call  —  “THE nice thing about a long-haul flight is you've got time to do a lot of different things,” said Jack Blumenstein, the chief executive of Aircell.  —  True.  You can read.  You can watch the movie or, on a few airlines, enjoy live satellite television.
Discussion: A VC, textually.org and VoIP Watch
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Capturing the Moment (and More) via Cellphone Video  —  STILL keeping in touch with friends by texting?  How old-fashioned.  Some early adopters of technology are now using their mobile phones to send not typed words or photographs, but live video broadcasts.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
P2P Is Coming To YouTube  —  It looks like the idea of a P2P-powered YouTube is finally becoming reality, albeit without any contribution from Google.  Singapore-based P2P start-up PPLive, which we previously covered for its hugely successful P2P video platform, is experimenting with a P2P accelerator for Flash video streams.
Discussion: GigaOM
Jeff Wang / Sproutly:
HOW MUCH MONEY DOES IT TAKE TO BE A TECHCRUNCH50 FINALIST?  —  The answer is the zero, of course!  Any company with a compelling enough idea can be chosen to present.  However, financing plays factor into how well a company performs.  Over the previous decade, the amount of money it takes …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Christina Warren / TUAW:
PwnageTool and QuickPwn for 2.1 iPhone's released  —  For iPhone owners who want the benefit of the 2.1 firmware, but also want to run their jail-broken applications, the iPhone Dev Team has just released PwnageTool and QuickPwn for 2.1 devices.  Please note: this does NOT work …
 
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