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1:45 PM ET, August 2, 2009


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why The FCC Wants To Smash Open The iPhone  —  Right about now, Apple probably wishes it had never rejected Google Voice and related apps from the iPhone.  Or maybe it was AT&T who rejected the apps.  Nobody really knows.  But the FCC launched an investigation last night to find out …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The FCC is asking Apple and AT&T all the right questions  —  Google Voice.  Art: Google Inc.  —  Sometimes you've just got to love the government.  —  Case in point: the inquiry that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission launched Friday into why exactly Apple (AAPL) decided to reject Google's …
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
The FCC Questions Apple, AT&T and Google:  —  Last Tuesday (July 28th) when I was interviewed for the NY Times story, “Even Google Is Blocked With Apps for iPhone”, one of the questions I was asked was who I thought was the reason behind Apple's decision to block Google Voice from the iPhone Apps store.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Net Applications: Apple just lost half its ‘market share’  —  The so-called market share reports issued every month by Net Applications have long been controversial — mostly because they didn't actually measure market share (which business people typically express as the number of widgets …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Asa Dotzler
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Windows Phone mobile OS demonstrated  —  INQTV Exclusive First video of final version  —  AT A RECENT Microsoft event the INQ was given an exclusive walkthrough of the final version of the new Windows Phone operating system, running on a touch screen HTC Touch Diamond2.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Leaked Sprint WiMAX roadmap names new cities for 2009 rollout  —  Well, what do we have here?  One of our readers sent us a screenshot from Sprint's Sales Portal that included the above roadmap for its WiMAX rollout this year.  A number of the yet-to-be-launched cities we've already heard about …
New York Times:
Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates U.S. Fear of Cyberwar Risk  —  It would have been the most far-reaching case of computer sabotage in history.  In 2003, the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies made plans for a cyberattack to freeze billions of dollars in the bank accounts of Saddam Hussein …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Amazon Begins Accepting Pre-Orders for Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Several MacRumors readers have reported that Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard.  Amazon is currently offering Snow Leopard at Apple's announced price of $29 for OS X Leopard users …
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
With Twitter's Arrival, NFL Loses Control of Image Game  —  Thousands of fans gathered in Ashburn last week for the opening of Redskins training camp, separated from their oversize heroes by a long barricade.  But when the players left the field and returned to the locker room …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon air traffic control hacker: Excuse me while I change your aircraft's flight plan  —  In a scary presentation at the Defcon hacker conference, a security researcher showed how easy it is to compromise the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control system.
Jason Fitzpatrick / Lifehacker:
FreeAppAlert Notifies You When For-Pay iPhone Apps Become Free  —  iPhone: There are thousands and thousands of iPhone applications, but you hardly have time to keep up with their pricing changes, let alone new releases.  The FreeAppAlert web service will keep you updated.
Constanze Roman / The Windows Blog:
Ready to Port your iPhone App to Windows Mobile?  —  Hello, my name is Constanze Roman and I'm a Community PM with the Windows Mobile Community Team.  If you've been curious about porting an iPhone app to the Windows Mobile platform, then I have exciting news for you!
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