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2:50 PM ET, November 9, 2007

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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.2 iPod touch Jailbroken—before its official release!  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And here is the first picture from a jailbroken 1.1.2 iPod touch, courtesy of hacker planetbeing.  Congratulations to all the iPhone/iPod team, including Pumpkin, Edgan, Dinopio, Drudge, Kroo, and all the rest.
Discussion: iLounge, Gadgetell, Engadget, Gadget Lab and Digg
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Firmware 1.1.2 Released: Add Calendar Events [Update: Jailbroken]
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Evan DiBiase / The Evan Series:
Video Rentals Coming Soon to iTunes?  —  Before installing any iTunes upgrade, I dump the strings from the old iTunes binary.  Once the new version has installed, I diff the new version's strings against the old's, to see what shows up.  —  When I did this for the recent 7.5 upgrade, I found the following interesting (new) strings:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Movie Rentals Are Baked Into the Latest Version of iTunes.  —  Look inside the code of the latest version of iTunes (version 7.5), and you will find eight lines that speak volumes about Apple's next move in video.  Movie rentals and video-on-demand, it appears, are now baked into iTunes, just waiting to be turned on.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Reuters:
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany  —  COLOGNE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hundreds of German Apple (AAPL.O) fans braved rain and wind before dawn to be among the first in Europe to get their hands on an iPhone but the arrival of the year's hottest consumer gadget passed most Germans by.
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
If I see another headline about "the iPhone cometh..."
Discussion: Computerworld
BBC:
Apple iPhone debuts in UK stores
Discussion: p2pnet, PalmAddicts and textually.org
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Radiohead Deny Reports That 60 Percent Of Fans Paid Nothing For In Rainbows  —  Band sets December 31 for physical release of latest album overseas.  —  The physical version of Radiohead's In Rainbows won't be ready for your holiday stocking, but it will be released this year.
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Nigeria favors Linux vendor Mandriva over Microsoft once more  —  San Francisco - Microsoft may not have beaten French Linux vendor Mandriva in a large deal to supply Nigerian elementary schools with laptop computers and software after all.  —  Mandriva had closed a deal in mid-August …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Mandriva Regains Nigeria Deal From Microsoft
Associated Press:
Sony CEO sees 'stalemate' in disc fight  —  NEW YORK - The head of Sony Corp., Howard Stringer, said Thursday that the Blu-ray disc format the company has developed as the successor to the DVD is in a "stalemate" with the competing HD DVD format, chiefly backed by Toshiba Corp. and Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq, Portfolio.com, Engadget and RSS
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Is Facebook Facing A Future Lawsuit?  —  Just days ago Facebook announced their new Social Ads system.  One of the key features of the new system was the combination of friend photos next to advertisements.  Now, according to at least Professor William McGeveran, these new Social Ads may be a violation of privacy laws.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: The Sweet Agony That Is Nokia N81  —  It has been nearly 65 days since I went without a phone set change, leading to snide remarks from my co-workers about my fidelity to Apple's iPhone.  Despite getting frustrated with iPhone's email application (I carry a Blackberry to get some serenity) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun
Business Wire:
Clearwire Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results  —  Clearwire Adds 49,000 Net New Subscribers to End the Third Quarter 2007 with 348,000 Subscribers, up from 162,000 at the End of Third Quarter 2006.  Service Revenue Increases over 117% Relative to Same Quarter in the Prior Year
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes refurbished PCs its latest WGA anti-piracy target  —  In its ongoing quest to make sure that no potential Windows revenue source is left untapped, Microsoft is expanding its tentacles deeper into the refurbished PC marketplace.  —  On November 9, Microsoft launched a new program …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Live Search gets gimmicky: taps prizes to lure search engine users, data  —  How do you win in the search engine wars?  Two approaches suggest themselves: 1) build a better search engine or 2) bribe users.  Microsoft is trying option two in hopes of gathering enough data to make option one a reality.
Discussion: MarketWatch and Mashable!
The Register:
Dublin designer branches out with 'tree' PC  —  An innovative tree-shaped PC that allows users to upgrade parts of the computer separately when required, has won a major design award.  —  Laura Caulwell (22), a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) took home …
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Mark Ward / BBC:
Graphics chips rev up research results  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Every serious PC gamer knows what a difference a good graphics card can make to the fun they have.  —  But it is not just hardcore gamers who have recognised the worth of a PC graphics card.
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Hollywood Reporter:
Second life for 'Quarterlife' due to writers strike?  —  In a bit of an irony since squabbles over Web content are at the heart of the writers strike, an Internet series might be used by a broadcast network as strike-contingency programming.  —  Sources said Thursday that NBC is in talks …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's Surface taking a while to, you know, surface  —  While the tech demos are always sure to draw a crowd, Microsoft's Surface is still having trouble making it past the prototype stage.  Originally slated to show up in a few commercial venues this year, applications of the tech …
Discussion: CrunchGear and All about Microsoft
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple fans camp out for iPhone
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Prosecutor Announces Charges Against The Pirate Bay
Discussion: Techdirt, Gadget Lab, p2pnet and Digg
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 [Screenshot Tour]
Discussion: Digg
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to push desktop version Eee PC next year
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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