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8:45 AM ET, July 3, 2009

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George Hotz / On the iPhone:
I make it ra1n  —  Yes, this is what you've all been waiting for.  A jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS.  And it's awesome.  To get started right now, go to purplera1n.com.  Download it.  Make sure you have windows(but not 7), the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with 3.0 firmware.
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
First iPhone 3GS Jailbreak Hits The Web  —  George Hotz, the 20-year old hacker who originally unlocked the iPhone, has released a jailbreaking application for the iPhone 3GS codenamed “purplera1n.”  It's currently Windows-only (Windows 7 not supported), and requires the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with the 3.0 firmware.
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:teensintech
PC World:
How to Keep Your iPhone 3GS from Overheating  —  Al Sacco , CIO.com  —  In light of a spate of recent iPhone 3GS overheating reports, Apple published a set of guidelines to help iPhone users ensure that their devices remain at proper operating temperatures to prevent overheating and related issues.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One More Thing: The New Facebook iPhone App Will Allow Video Uploads
Discussion: TUAW, NewTeeVee, geeksugar and Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Google Book Search Blog:
New ways to search within a book  —  At Google we want to make it easy for you to find the information you need.  As such, we've made searching for passages within a book part of the core experience of Google Books.  —  Earlier this month we revamped the search experience to make searching inside a book easier.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
DOJ opens formal investigation into Google Books settlement  —  The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Thursday that is has opened a formal investigation into the settlement between Google and book publishers over the digital publishing rights to certain books, citing antitrust concerns.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
DOJ Confirms Antitrust Investigation Into Google Book Settlement
Discussion: New York Times, eWeek and Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
MacDailyNews:
Leaked AT&T memo: Apple iPhone 3GS generated ‘best ever sales day’  —  Multiple sources have provided MacDailyNews with an internal AT&T memo that highlights the company's recent milestones and successes: … [Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers who shall remain nameless for the heads up.]
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Google Voice gives users the ability to change numbers  —  Well it's not incoming number portability but it's better than nothing... While the Google Voice team continues to battle through a massive back log of customers itching for their invites, a nifty new feature popped up today for current Google Voice users.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Judge Acquits Lori Drew in Cyberbullying Case, Overrules Jury  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Thursday overturned guilty verdicts against Lori Drew, issuing a directed acquittal on three misdemeanor charges.  —  Drew, 50, was accused of participating in a cyberbullying scheme …
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Akshay Patil / The Official Google Blog:
New Blog Search tools: Feeds, Hot Queries and Latest Posts  —  Ever since the new Google Blog Search homepage launched, we've been fielding requests for a myriad of different features.  Today we're happy to announce the launch of our most requested feature: RSS and Atom feeds.
Jim Norris / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed real-time search.  We have it.  It's here.  —  One of the coolest things about FriendFeed is how you can see everything that's happening on the site in real-time.  Starting today, this is even more true with real-time search.  —  Just enter a search query as you always have …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Makes Hashtags More #Useful  —  You may have noticed that Twitter has started hyperlinking hashtags.  Those are words preceded by a “#” which denote what the Tweet is about and makes it easier to search for Tweets about specific topics and events.  For instance, try searching for #realtimecrunchup.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple retail stores can now replace broken iPhone screens  —  Apple has expanded the services offered by its retail stores to include fixing damaged iPhone screens.  —  The Loop has confirmed that if your iPhone has a broken screen and you take it to an Apple retail relocation, they have the capability to fix it on the spot.
Discussion: eWeek, Ars Technica and TG Daily
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Marketers Call For Twitter To Filter Content For Pornography, Spam  —  Nude and explicit photographs have become more common on Twitter.  While the site has begun to gain momentum for marketing and customer service departments looking to promote products and services, or connect with customers …
Spencer / Siliconera:
Sony Patents A Motion Control System That Uses Ordinary Objects As Controllers  —  We saw Sony unveil a LED wand during their E3 press conference.  The device in conjunction with an EyeToy camera brought motion control to the PlayStation 3.  In addition to that Sony developed another motion control system that uses everyday objects.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Stalled Out For About 6 Hours Today  —  A little over two hours ago, a Google employee posted a note in this Google Groups thread indicating that Google App Engine was “seeing elevated Datastore latency and error-rates, as well as elevated serving error-rates.”
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple May Be Exempt From China's Web Filter Mandate  —  Apple appears to be exempt from China's mandate that a controversial Internet filtering program be shipped with all computers sold in the country.  —  Computers that do not meet the software's technical requirements are excluded from the mandate, according to one PC maker.
Discussion: Electronista
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Yelp Launches Facebook Connect  —  Today Yelp launched their implementation of Facebook Connect to enable users to share reviews with their friends on Facebook.  After you post your review on Yelp, you are prompted to post it to your feed.  That's about the extend of the service …
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Hitachi GST buys Malaysian platter plant  —  Farewell Western Digital  —  Free whitepaper - Avoiding costs from oversizing data center and network room infrastructure  —  A Western Digital plant in Sarawak, Malaysia, has been sold to Hitachi GST.  —  The plant makes aluminium platters …
Jessica Hodgson / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Cut Up to 1,000 Europe Jobs, Union Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle Corp. is planning to cut up to 1,000 jobs in Europe, according to a French labor union.  —  The apparent move by Oracle, the world's second-largest software maker, comes shortly after the company said it detected signs …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Some Vista users say they're getting the Ultimate shaft  —  Microsoft promised that by purchasing the pricey Ultimate edition of Vista users would get all kinds of extras.  —  However, for many, those extras turned out to be little more than a few screensavers and a poker game, prompting some significant grousing.
Staska / Unwired View:
LG aims for #2 spot by 2012, plans new “Black label” iPhone competitor, Prada III phone and extreme premium brand  —  LG has made some pretty impressive strides in a cellphone market during these last few years.  With the demise of Motorola and the problems ailing Sony Ericsson last year …
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Northcliffe's Hyperlocal Play: A Local Network For Local People  —  Northcliffe Media has launched Local People, an ad-funded local community publishing platform that mixes area-specific business directories and social networking elements.  Still in its pilot stage, 20 sites are live now and 30 …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Brandon Bailey / SiliconBeat:
Intuit and a $120 million licensing deal  —  Intuit, the Mountain View maker of TurboTax and other software, recently said it will pay $120 million over the next ten years to an unnamed party for the right to use an unspecified technology — and that's prompting speculation among patent and licensing experts.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackspace Expects Credits of $2.5 Million  —  Rackspace Hosting (RAX) expects to issue customer service credits from Monday's data center outage of between $2.5 million and $3.5 million, the company said in an SEC filing.  —  An unusual series of equipment failures contributed …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
DHS Cybersecurity Plan Will Involve NSA, Telecoms
Discussion: Associated Press and Gawker
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Overstock Won't Cut California Affiliates
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ain't no thang: Socialthing sort of becomes AIM Connect
Doug Gross / CNN:
Attacks, arrests slowing online news from Iran
Discussion: BBC and ReadWriteWeb
NathanKP / Experiment Garden:
Blogger.com Refreshes Page Every Few Seconds on Old Browsers
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Andreessen Readies a New Venture Capital Firm
Thanks:atul
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
White Gloves & Thrown Elections: Michael Jackson vs. Iran Election
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
CSC to Resell Microsoft Cloud Services
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 Earlier Items: 
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch Europe:
Online content + printing press = customised newspapers FTW
Discussion: paidContent
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
GoDaddy Wants You to Go Twitter
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique
Discussion: metacool and digg.com, Thanks:outcastpr
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing “active packaging” for iPods and iPhones
Discussion: Phone Arena and I4U News
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Microsoft chucks vomit ad