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1:15 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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
A few hundred Germans become Europe's first "official" iPhone owners
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk and PalmAddicts
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.
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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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.
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
Clearwire News Room:
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 …
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 …
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
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 and InfoWorld
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
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to push desktop version Eee PC next year  —  Asustek Computer is developing a desktop version Eee PC which it hopes to launch in 2008, according to Jonathan Tseng, president of marketing at Asustek.  Tseng noted that the PC will not include a display, but further specifications and pricing are still under evaluation.
Discussion: Crave, The Tech Report, Gizmodo and Engadget
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: CrunchGear and All about Microsoft
 
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple fans camp out for iPhone
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, p2pnet and BBC
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Law professor argues that Facebook's Social Ads may be illegal
ir.take2games.com:
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Announces Preliminary Settlement …
Reuters:
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Elaine Warner / Compete Blog:
iPhone In A Class (and Category) By Itself
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
If I see another headline about "the iPhone cometh..."
Discussion: Computerworld
Miriam Widman / Renewable Energy Access:
While Finavera's Buoy Sinks, Hopes of Harnessing Ocean Energy Survive
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Barbara Thompson / manhattanda.org:
DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY
Discussion: Computerworld and RSS
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
EU presses U.S. to change Internet gambling law
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
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