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7:45 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 …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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.
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, a business-to-business Web site that acts as a directory, listing — and ranking …
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 complained to the Justice Department after Google found that his site didn't live up to its standards and raised the rates on him …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 and
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 …
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
NIN Dazzles With Lasers, LEDs and Stealth Screens  —  A vast wall of swirling static dances on a giant screen as Trent Reznor and his band launch into their song, “Only.”  Initially obscured by this sea of visual white noise, the Nine Inch Nails front man intermittently appears to push through …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Slashdot and Digg
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 …
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Lenovo halts online sales of Linux-based PCs
Discussion: Lockergnome, DailyTech and Engadget
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone OS 2.1: Mostly Positive but Major Problems Reported
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
RIAA: Lobbyists or Law Enforcers?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Should Apple join new video ecosystem?
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