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12:35 PM 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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Needs a Spam Filter?  No, We Need a Marketer Filter  —  Has Twitter spam gotten a little out of hand?  According to today's top story on Techmeme, it has.  Apparently, marketers are calling for Twitter to filter out spam and other adult content from the microblogging service.
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Marketers Call For Twitter To Filter Content For Pornography, Spam
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: Techgeist, Electronista and Mashable!
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Mike Kent / NEWSFACTOR:
China Testing Mac Version of Green Dam Web Filter
Discussion: eWeek
Anil Dash:
Free Criticism, Science After Data, and Airport Books  —  When I saw Malcolm Gladwell doggedly dissecting Chris Anderson's upcoming “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” (see Chris' response here) my first reaction was: Brilliant!  Chris Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired …
Discussion: p2pnet, Webmetricsguru and Twist Image
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Trooper P / Crunchpad Fans:
SF Business Times: CrunchPad Inc. Formed With 14 Employees In Singapore  —  The San Francisco Business Times has chronicled the rise of Michael Arrington from a corporate lawyer to an internet tycoon, and now a hardware entrepreneur.  In addition, a few more simple details have emerged.
Discussion: bizjournals, Thanks:crunchpadfans
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Authorize.net Goes Down, E-Commerce Vendors Left Hanging  —  Talk about a serious outage.  Payment gateway service provider Authorize.net has been down and out for several hours, a number of tipsters inform us.  That has big implications: since the service is used by tens of thousands …
Wall Street Journal:
States Plot New Path to Tax E-Retailers  —  Amazon.com Inc. and other e-commerce companies are winning some skirmishes against cash-strapped states that want to force them to collect sales taxes, but their victories may be short-lived.  —  Several states are contemplating new laws or revisions …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:   Overstock Won't Cut California Affiliates
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
DEMO announces $1M media prize  —  Here's the latest reason why entrepreneurs should consider launching their products at the fall DEMO conference in San Diego:  —  Two winners, as selected by a panel of individual judges, will be awarded a significant amount of media publicity …
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Review: Borders eBook - finally a rival to the Sony Reader  —  The Borders “eBook” device could be the first real competition to the Sony Reader, which was introduced in Britain last year.  —  The new gadget, made by Elonex for Borders UK, is not particularly flashy.
Thanks:muradahmed
Paul Carr / Guardian:
Did Techcrunch really kill Blognation?  Time - and the courts - will tell  —  Episode 34: In which I rub my hands with glee - and my head with confusion - over the prospect of Sam Sethi's lawsuit against Techcrunch  —  Good news, London!  Later this week, the “traveling geeks” arrive in the capital.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
NTT DOCOMO Global Site:
DOCOMO to Launch Mobile Remittance Service  —  NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today a new service that will enable an individual subscriber to use their DOCOMO mobile phone to easily and quickly remit money to another DOCOMO user, beginning on July 21.  —  Customers of DOCOMO's …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Singing A New Tune: The Imeem Music Store.  —  Does embattled music streaming site imeem think it can take on iTunes?  For the most part, nearly every streaming song on the site has a download button which links to both iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store.  But it is quietly testing …
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.
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How many new iPhones did AT&T sell?  —  AT&T's (T) widely leaked “best-ever sales day” memo ticking off the records set on June 19, 2009 — the day it began selling the iPhone 3GS — is packed with superlatives but notably lacking in numbers.  (See memo below.)
JaShong King / Reuters:
Gamer steals from virtual world to pay real debts  —  TORONTO, July 2 (Reuters Life!)  - Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market.  —  It happened in EVE Online …
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.
Discussion: Geekword, Thanks:saishankarc
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Interview: Pirate Bay Bidders Hope To Make $40 Million A Month From Ads  —  So how exactly does unlikely Pirate Bay bidder Global Gaming Factory X intend to profit from the scourge of the entertainment industry, and pay content owners?  CEO Hans Pandeya, who offered SEK 60 million …
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Browser vendor squabbles cause W3C to scrap codec requirement
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Hitachi GST buys Malaysian platter plant
Spencer / Siliconera:
Sony Patents A Motion Control System That Uses Ordinary Objects As Controllers
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Northcliffe's Hyperlocal Play: A Local Network For Local People
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ain't no thang: Socialthing sort of becomes AIM Connect
Jessica Hodgson / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Cut Up to 1,000 Europe Jobs, Union Says
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackspace Expects Credits of $2.5 Million
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 Earlier Items: 
Brandon Bailey / SiliconBeat:
Intuit and a $120 million licensing deal
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
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple retail stores can now replace broken iPhone screens
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