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4:10 AM ET, August 25, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone unlocked: AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity, August 24, 2007, 12:00PM EDT  —  It's high noon, Apple and AT&T — we really hate to break it to you, but the jig is up.  Last night the impossible was made possible: right in front of our very eyes we witnessed a full SIM unlock of our iPhone with a small piece of software.
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Associated Press:
Teen untethers iPhone from AT&T  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.  —  George Hotz, 17 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The credit crunch could help venture capitalists  —  The current credit crunch caused by the subprime loaning crisis may help venture capital returns, and therefore start-ups.  —  That's the argument of venture capitalist Keith Benjamin, of San Francisco's Levensohn Venture Partners …
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Keith Benjamin / VentureBeat:   Technology stocks swinging back into favor
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
VC Roundup: FM Publishing, New Leaf & Nixon Peabody  —  Some scattered VC notes as we head into the weekend:  —  * FM Publishing, the online ad network run by John Battelle, has raised $4.5 million in Series B funding, according to a regulatory filing.  Return backers include New Enterprise Associates and Omidyar Network.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Federated Media blog ad network raises $4.5 million  —  Federated Media, a popular but sometimes controversial ad network for blogs, has raised another $4.5 million in funding, according to PE Hub's read of the company's recent regulatory filing.  —  Returning backers include New Enterprise Associates …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: Major Apple event coming Sept. 5  —  With rumors of new iPods heating up, fresh news comes of a trademarked Apple "special event" to be held in two weeks.  —  Ars Technica's Infinite Loop is reporting that unidentified Apple sources have brought word of an upcoming Apple event scheduled for September 5.
Discussion: Hightouch
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Source: Major Apple event on September 5th  —  Apple's new line of iPods will indeed be introduced in September, in line with recent speculation and rumors.  But contrary to the report provided by AppleInsider yesterday, the announcement will not be happening mid-to-late September.
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Linux felon forced to install Windows  —  A Linux user who was jailed for uploading a film onto a peer-to-peer service has been told he will have to switch to Windows if he wants to use a computer again.  —  Scott McCausland, who used to be an administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent server …
Discussion: Engadget and Inquirer
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Truman Lewis / ConsumerAffairs.com:
Ohio Man's Dell Laptop Bursts into Flames  —  A computer network administrator at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital is the latest consumer to encounter the flaming laptop syndrome.  —  Douglas Brown said his Dell 9200 wide-screen laptop's batteries exploded into flames, it "looked like fireworks …
Discussion: Gizmodo and WinBeta
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Radio Saved - For Now  —  Net radio broadcasters have reached a deal with SoundExchange, the group that collects royalty fees for record labels, that will put a $50,000 cap on royalties for individual broadcasters.  The cap will apply to broadcasters as a whole.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big webcasters agree to royalty cap deal, DRM to be "discussed" later
Discussion: Epicenter
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government  —  Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of bloggers and censor content.  So says Reporters Without Borders, an organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe.
Discussion: Bloomberg, WebProNews and Mashable!
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google's Blogger fixes bug, adds video uploading  —  (InfoWorld) - Google's Blogger team solved a technical problem with the blog publishing and hosting service this week and introduced a new feature that gives publishers the ability to upload videos to their sites.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mary Meeker Fixes YouTube Math—Then Changes Assumptions to Back Into New Estimate  —  Morgan Stanley's Mary Meeker and team dutifully rechecked their YouTube advertising calculations and produced a new set of estimates this morning.  As expected, if Mary had stuck with the assumptions she made yesterday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check This Guy Out  —  Bill Snitzer, one of the tech guys at BitGravity, is driving to Los Angeles and showing it live on the Internet.  He's got a webcam up showing the drive and a Google Map mashup with a GPS device showing his progress.  —  Bitgravity, located in Burlingame, California, hasn't officially launched.
Discussion: flashpoint and VentureBeat
Google / orkut Blog:
Redesign Preview: True Blue Simplicity  —  When you think Google, you picture primary colors; when you think orkut, you see blue.  And though we're updating the look, we're staying true to blue.  We've added some rounded corners and new icons that make orkut look a little more sleek and modern.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
Sam Diaz / Washington Post:
Consumer Innovations to Inform Web Site for Spies  —  Government agents may soon find valuable information through an online-recommendation system like the one on Amazon.com: Spies who read this report, it might say, also found these reports useful.  —  That is one of several features …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
It's the Facebook Platform's 3 Month Anniversary  —  Today marks the 3-month anniversary of the Facebook Platform since it launched May 24 at F8 in San Francisco.  Suffice it to say, the pace of innovation surrounding the Facebook Platform so far is faster than that for any platform ever before.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ben barren
 
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Portfolio.com:
Mark Cuban  —  Much like Friedrich Nietzsche, who scandalized …
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John Leyden / The Register:
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The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint BlackBerry Pearl 2 to launch Thanksgiving Day weekend?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
NEWSFACTOR:
Nokia Strengthens Its Position as No. 1
Discussion: TechSpot News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone (AAPL): Flaky Device Overrated, Expectations Out of Hand
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 Earlier Items: 
John Markoff / New York Times:
Why Can't We Compute in the Cloud? Part 2
Discussion: Rough Type
Ben Ames / Macworld:
Palm insists Foleo will ship on time
Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Java needs an overhaul
Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Wireless transfers targeted by RIM
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' radio station emerges
Discussion: Computerworld and Valleywag
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Has What Facebook Will: Ad Targeting
Discussion: Webware.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New DRM scheme will let consumers stream cable TV over home networks