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6:10 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 …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Bits and Download Squad
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's growth, an unwinnable iPhone war and a reputation at risk  —  Apple is clearly in a war with hackers over the iPhone and its most loyal fans could take a few hits.  How Apple performs through these battles will determine the company's overall reputation going forward.
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.
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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?
BBC:
Microsoft bows to pressure on XP  —  Customer demand has forced Microsoft to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months.  —  Microsoft was scheduled to stop selling the six-year-old operating system on 30 January 2008 to leave the field clear for Vista.
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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: Ars Technica and Engadget
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 …
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 …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Die!  Press release!  Die!  Die!  Die!  —  I've been telling the PR industry for some time now that things cannot go along as they are . . . business as usual while mainstream media goes to hell in a hand basket.  I've been saying this privately and publicly and having some very useful discussions on this topic.
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".
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.
Discussion: PDA, SmoothSpan Blog, Romenesko and Gawker
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?
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Forever Geek
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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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Computerworld and The Register
 
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Geekzone Blog:
Visa unveils Visa Micro Tag contactless payment device
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Street View Spreads To Europe?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Thank You for Coming to the First CenterNetworks Mixer
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and VentureBeat
Unstrung:
Cisco Wooing WiMax Vendors?
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
Deconstrucing Google's Billboard Experiment
Discussion: Screenwerk
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Senator: Verizon Wireless Proves Need for Net Neutrality
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Buys Mobile-Social Site Zingku
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