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11:50 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  Download it.  Make sure you have windows(but not 7), the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with 3.0 firmware.
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.
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: Electronista and Mashable!
China Testing Mac Version of Green Dam Web Filter  —  Despite the delay in China's requirement to install Green Dam Web-filtering software on all new PCs, the controversy is not dead.  PC makers are including the software with new PCs even though the July 1 deadline has been postponed indefinitely.
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
PC World:
How to Keep Your iPhone 3GS from Overheating  —  Al Sacco ,  —  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.
Wall Street Journal:
States Plot New Path to Tax E-Retailers  — 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 …
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:   Overstock Won't Cut California Affiliates
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.)
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Browser vendor squabbles cause W3C to scrap codec requirement  —  The decision could mean third-party plug-ins needed to play multimedia content will be around for a long time  —  The latest rewrite of the Web's mother tongue won't recommend the use of specific audio and video encoding formats …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Daring Fireball
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 …
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.
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.
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