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8:45 PM ET, September 28, 2007

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iphoneSimFree.com:
Seems there is a bit of confusion about our last post.  Here are some of the most common questions, with some corresponding answers.  —  Q. Why do you say it is unlocked if you can't activate a non AT&T sim?  —  A. There is a difference between unlocking and activation.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone update: facts and fiction  —  If you haven't already bitten the bullet and taken your unlocked iPhone down that scariest of paths, the 1.1.1 update, we're here to sort out a bit of the hearsay from the actual and fairly inconvenient truth.  Even if you have already updated …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
5 things you need to know about the iPhone 1.1.1 update  —  Before you hit that 'Upgrade' button, here are a few items of community interest to consider.  —  1. It's a one-way street.  You cannot downgrade the firmware back to 1.0.2, not even using the alt-Restore trick that lets you pick an ipsw file to restore from.
Doc Searls Weblog:
Go from hell  —  Why do we continue, in 2007, to believe that markets are all about What Big Companies Do?  Worse, why do we continue to take advertising for granted as the primary source of the the Bux DeLuxe required to fund technical, social and personal progress?
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Business Week:
Google's Game-Changing Phone  —  Mobile biggies are quaking at the idea of competition from a free, ad-based service  —  Imagine your cellphone as a mini marketing machine.  As you head into your car after dinner, a text alert pops onto the screen of your handset announcing the 9 p.m. lineup at a nearby cineplex.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and broadstuff
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Act Now and Get a Downgrade to the OS You Really Want, ABSOLUTELY FREE!  —  It's looking more and more like the pent-up demand for Windows Vista we've heard so much about this past year is really just pent-up demand for Windows XP.  —  With Vista failing to win over the consumer …
Discussion: Engadget
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Amid disappointing Vista uptake, Microsoft relents on XP execution
Discussion: Microsoft
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo tops Google in quality of searches, study says  —  While Google dominates market share, Yahoo gets more users to click on results  —  September 28, 2007 (Computerworld) — While Google Inc. dominates the search query business, results generated by Yahoo Inc.'s search engine result …
Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Creates 'EyeLab' To Woo Web Surfers  —  CBS Corp. thinks Web surfers would rather watch a blooper reel from the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" than an actual episode of the show.  —  To cater to what it believes is the short attention span of online audiences, the network today is launching CBS EyeLab …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with newspaper blogs is . . .  . . . they are on newspaper sites.  —  I've come to argue that newspapers should not be big brands but big collections of brands.  —  If I develop a relationship with a blog, I don't go searching for it through the many layers of an adventure game that is newspaper-site navigation.
BBC:
Apple update disables iPhones  —  An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.  —  Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device "permanently inoperable".
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Rumor: Xbox 360 Core Discontinued  —  Xbox 360 Core Discontinued  —  GameStop should just go ahead and put our tips email in their distribution list, because as soon as something interesting pops up on their POS system, we get a good four or five emails regarding it.  The latest?
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gap says laptop with applicant data stolen  —  The Gap said Friday that a laptop containing personal information of about 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a third party vendor.  —  The vendor, which wasn't named, manages job applicant data for the Gap.
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Senator: Verizon Wireless Proves Need for Net Neutrality  —  U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan calls Verizon Wireless' initial decision to reject text messages from a pro-abortion group "troublesome."  —  Verizon Wireless' decision to reject text messages from a pro-abortion group …
Discussion: Mashable!
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
AJAX and the Mobile Web  —  A workshop will allow leading vendors to address the mobile Web and the need for more applications.  —  With smart phones becoming more prevalent among users and delivering greater capability than ever before, where are the applications to take advantage of all this power?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces The Ultimate Consumer Entertainment Source: The MOTORIZR Z6tv  —  The MOTORIZR Z6tv is Motorola's First Device to Premiere V CAST Mobile TV  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SCHAUMBURG, IL — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's …
Business Wire:
3Com Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by Bain Capital Partners for $5.30 Per Share in Cash  —  Transaction valued at $2.2 billion  —  MARLBOROUGH, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS - News) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired …
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Geekzone Blog:
Visa unveils Visa Micro Tag contactless payment device
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Street View Spreads To Europe?
Unstrung:
Cisco Wooing WiMax Vendors?
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
Deconstrucing Google's Billboard Experiment
Discussion: Screenwerk
Karen Donovan / New York Times:
Law Firms Go a Bit Hollywood to Recruit the YouTube Generation
Discussion: Searchviews
Wallstrip:
9-28-07 Wallstrip Chat: Paul Kedrosky
Discussion: BlueBlog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
OLPC Has A Network Problem
Discussion: Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Asus intros U1E ultra-portable laptop
Discussion: Mobility Site
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA continues war on illicit online video, sues Cinematube, Ssupload
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone a No-Show in Paris: UPDATE
Discussion: The Register
Susan Lundgren / Apple:
Daniel Cooperman to Join Apple as General Counsel
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Dot-Name Becomes Cybercrime Haven
Discussion: CircleID
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
Slide.com Grows 228% May - Sep, Overtakes Flickr in NZ
Cristina Jimenez / BBC:
British Library books go digital
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 73: The (Sleepy) Attack of the Yahoo Vice Presidents