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11:50 PM ET, August 24, 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 …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   NJ Teen Unlocks IPhone From AT&T Network
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  —  [Editor's note: This is an Op-Ed piece written by Keith Benjamin, a venture capitalist at Levensohn Venture Partners]  —  Looking back at the public markets, a few strategies have worked very well over the last five years.
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 …
vnunet:
Court orders pirate to use Windows  —  A man convicted of illegally downloading an episode of Star Wars has been told that he can no longer use his computer with an Ubuntu Linux operating system.  —  Scott McCausland pleaded guilty last year to 'conspiracy to commit copyright infringement …
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Linux felon forced to install Windows
Discussion: Engadget
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Finding DRM-Free Music Online  —  Over the past half year we have seen arguably the most significant change in the online music industry since Apple launched their iTunes store in 2003.  Following Steve Jobs' open letter clarifying Apple's position on digital rights management (DRM) …
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
WalMart's Facebook Strategy Sinking: Analysis and Reccomendations
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big webcasters agree to royalty cap deal, DRM to be "discussed" later  —  The Digital Media Association (DiMA) and SoundExchange announced an agreement yesterday to cap the $500 per-channel webcasting fees at $50,000—a victory for large webcasters that stream thousands of stations.
Discussion: Epicenter and Bloomberg
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Radio Saved - For Now
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.
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
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: WebProNews, Bloomberg and Mashable!
Bloomberg:
Google May Start New York Transit Guide to Boost Ads  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet search engine, provides online transit guides for more than a dozen U.S. cities including Dallas and San Diego.  Now it may take on the biggest.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone (AAPL): Flaky Device Overrated, Expectations Out of Hand  —  Just as Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson's dream of an unlocked JesusPhone comes to fruition, he crucifies the thing: … Fred's not the only one who feels this way.  Other tech executives …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and A VC
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check This Guy Out  —  Bill Snitzer, one of the tech guys …
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Eduardo Cordeiro / en.blog.orkut.com:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Former FCC Exec: TV Airwave Auction Unlikely to Boost Competition
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Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google's Blogger fixes bug, adds video uploading
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Identity Through Online Lifestreams
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First year of Google WiFi
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Six reasons NOT to try to be an online retailer
John Leyden / The Register:
Internet ramraiders rear-end domain parking service
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 Earlier Items: 
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
John Markoff / New York Times:
Why Can't We Compute in the Cloud? Part 2
Discussion: Rough Type
Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Java needs an overhaul
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: Profectio
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New DRM scheme will let consumers stream cable TV over home networks
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Bit Player and GigaOM
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
SunRocket Sues Vonage Over Use of Customer List