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1:25 PM ET, October 10, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone and iPod touch v1.1.1 full jailbreak tested, confirmed!  —  We were invited by iPhone / iPod touch file system hacker Niacin (who you might also know for his PSP and MSN TV Linux cluster hacks, etc.) and Dre to test out their new v1.1.1 file system hack.
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BBC:
On the road with wi-fi and video  —  On test clockwise from top left: PSP Slim, Archos 605wifi, iPod touch, N800  —  Gadget lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to portable media players, with an increasing number offering web access through wi-fi connections.
Schrep / schrep's blog:
Mozilla and Mobile  —  People ask us all the time about what Mozilla's going to do about the mobile web, and I'm very excited to announce that we plan to rock it.  Here's some information about what we're planning to do with hiring, technology, partnerships, and products, and how you can get involved.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Platform To Launch Next Week  —  MySpace is gearing up to launch MySpace Platform, according to a number of third party developers who've been contacted for input on the product.  While this has been rumored since June, this is the first indication that the service is preparing to actually launch.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
SnapLayout: The Profile Editor MySpace Should Have Made  —  Changing around the style of your profile is a big part of MySpace's culture.  Heavy users change their profiles daily, leading to over half a million threads in MySpace's forums from users asking how they can customize their profiles.
Discussion: Mashable!
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Briefly: redesigned MacBook Pro power adapters on the way  —  Apple Inc. has halted shipments of MagSafe power adapters for its MacBook Pro notebook line as a result of quality design issues and is presently working on a fix, AppleInsider has been told.  —  Several people familiar with the matter …
David Gainer / Microsoft Excel:
Calculation Issue Update (Fix Available)  —  Two weeks ago, we posted about an issue involving the calculation of numbers around 65,535 and 65,536.  As of today, fixes for this issue in Excel 2007 and Excel Services 2007 are available for download from the following locations:
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
EBay Launches "Neighborhoods" Feature  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hoping to woo shoppers who say eBay Inc. has lost its folksy appeal, the world's largest online auction plans to launch its own version of a social networking service Wednesday and is promising other customer-friendly features by year's end.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
eBay Launches Shopping Social Networks
Rachel Aviv / New York Times:
File-Sharing Students Fight Copyright Constraints  —  When Zachary McCune, a student at Brown, received an e-mail message from the university telling him he might have broken the law by downloading copyrighted songs, his eyes glazed over the warning and he quickly forgot about it.
Discussion: Rough Type
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint's WiMax dilemma  —  news analysis If Wall Street pundits get their way, Sprint Nextel's next CEO will put the brakes on plans for a new, high-speed wireless network.  —  But such a move, while no doubt cutting costs, could condemn the struggling company to also-ran status.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Free the Avatars  —  Virtual worlds may be freewheeling environments where cyber-behavior is unconstrained by many terrestrial mores.  But they are also gated communities, and the gates keep the digital denizens locked inside.  —  IBM and Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, think it's time to free the avatars.
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Ask 37signals: Is it really the number of features that matter?  —  Pablo Fernandez asks 37signals: … I don't think the number of features is what makes software better or worse.  One more or one less isn't really the issue.  —  What matters is the editing.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Bokardo
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
World's dumbest file-sharer mulls appeal  —  Ironically-named P2P user Jammie Thomas, who was fined $220,000 for copyright infringement in a case brought by the RIAA last week, wants to appeal the Minnesota jury's verdict.  —  The lady is certainly unlucky.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Threat Level
AppleInsider:
Apple to launch official iPhone Web applications directory  —  Apple as early as Wednesday is expected to launch as part of its website a directory of official Web 2.0-based iPhone applications, AppleInsider has been told.  —  One developer familiar with the matter, who asked to remain anonymous …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
 
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Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Co-Founder of Skype Defends Its Value
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Essay: The Myth of Infinite Bandwidth
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