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4:00 AM 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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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 for the App Store as currently constituted*.  —  Writing software is a serious investment of time and energy.  It also carries the opportunity cost of the other things you could have built.  We live in a capitalist economy.
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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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google: Monopoly or marketplace?  —  Joe Nocera tells a cautionary tale in today's NY Times about Google's power in advertising.  The man who runs Sourcetool.com complained to the Justice Department after Google found that his site didn't live up to its standards and raised the rates on him …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple re-releases iTunes 8 to fix Vista crash  —  Almost as soon as iTunes 8 was released, Windows Vista users began reporting that the software was causing a “blue screen of death” whenever an iPod or iPhone was connected.  As you might expect, folks weren't happy with the new software crashing …
Discussion: Apple and ReadWriteWeb
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: VoIP Watch
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Search engine Cuil is valued at absurdly high level of $200M, despite flop  —  Investors valued the new search engine company Cuil at a stratospheric level of $200 million post-money in December, during the company's second round of funding before the search engine launched.
 
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