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11:55 AM ET, November 9, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple posts firmware v1.1.2 — goodbye jailbreak!  —  Looks like Apple just published firmware v1.1.2 for the iPhone; hit the download link to grab it yourself because iTunes hasn't yet gotten wise to the fact that it's out.  Details to follow, but don't expect jailbreak …
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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
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Firmware 1.1.2 Released: Add Calendar Events  —  Alongside the iPhone 1.1.2 update, Apple has also released an iPod Touch 1.1.2 firmware update which is available for some through iTunes.  For those who are impatient, a direct download is also available:  —  iPod1,1_1.1.2_3B48b_Restore.ipsw
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
A few hundred Germans become Europe's first "official" iPhone owners
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk and PalmAddicts
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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Radiohead: comScore totally inaccurate
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, Portfolio.com, Engadget and RSS
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:
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's Surface taking a while to, you know, surface  —  While the tech demos get plenty of oohs and aahs, Microsoft's Surface is having trouble making it past the prototype stage.  Originally slated to show up in a few commercial venues this year, applications of the tech have been pushed back to next spring at the earliest.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CrunchGear
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 frustrations with iPhone's Email application …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Nate Weiner / the Idea Shower:
Block Facebook Beacon  —  So here I am, burning some brain cells and taking some time to relax playing a game on Kongregate, when a little window pops up in the corner of my screen and says "Kongregate is sending this to your Facebook profile: Nate played Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 at Kongregate."
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Law professor argues that Facebook's Social Ads may be illegal  —  Facebook executives have recently been quoted as saying they want to take over the world, but something might already be getting in their way: the law.  —  The New York Times' Saul Hansell has linked to a blog post from William McGeveran …
Discussion: Technology Live and MarketingShift
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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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Releases Multi-file Uploader, Raises File Limits to 1 GB  —  YouTube just announced the availability for Windows users of a desktop uploader (install page here).  Users will now be able to do bulk file uploads.  The company also raised its file size limit from 100 MB to 1 GB.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Prosecutor Announces Charges Against The Pirate Bay  —  The Pirate Bay team does not believe that Roswall will be successful in his attempt to take down The Pirate Bay.  They keep repeating that they are just running a search engine and did not store any copyrighted material on their servers.
Discussion: Techdirt, Gadget Lab, p2pnet and Digg
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
If I see another headline about "the iPhone cometh..."  —  It may not have escaped your notice that Apple's iPhone launches today, hence the saturation coverage.  —  In the interests of science, your weary correspondent was planning to throw herself into the throng in Regent Street to get one …
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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Reuters:
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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iPhone In A Class (and Category) By Itself
Miriam Widman / Renewable Energy Access:
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Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Barbara Thompson / manhattanda.org:
DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY
Discussion: Computerworld
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
EU presses U.S. to change Internet gambling law
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 [Screenshot Tour]
Discussion: Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to push desktop version Eee PC next year
Josh Quittner / Fortune:
OMG!!! The end of online stupidity?
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
The World's Biggest Botnets
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Digital Telepathy Helps You Build Your Web 2.0 Startup
Discussion: 1000 Flowers Bloom
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint and Clearwire Nix WiMax Agreement [Wireless]
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
UK set for military space launch
Discussion: The Register
GameBrink.Com:
Nintendo DS TV Tuner In Action
Discussion: Engadget, Tech Blog and Gizmodo
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
The return of Yahoo FinanceVision [Rumormonger]