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11:10 PM ET, November 9, 2007

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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone: Testing the 1.1.2 Jailbreak  —  After a really late night, I had the privilege of being able to test some of the jailbreak software this morning.  This is not the final jailbreak software.  That will involve using a nice graphical user interface.  For now, I'm invited to use …
Discussion: Bits, Macsimum News and Engadget
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Latest iPhone update jailbroken before it hits the ground  —  As expected, Apple released the OS X 1.1.2 update for the iPhone overnight to coincide with its debut in the U.K. and Germany.  As not expected, it's been sprung from jail already.  —  Erica Sadun at The Unofficial Apple Weblog …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Instructions posted for downgrading iPhone from 1.1.2 to 1.1.1
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget Mobile and Epicenter
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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp (NWS): Launching An Ad Network, Too  —  News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media unit is one of the few big Web players that has yet to roll out its own ad network (selling space on third-party sites).  That's about to change, sources tell us: FIM is building out it own ad network …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
That's Your AIM in My GTalk  —  It is amazing that we still have major instant messaging platforms that don't talk to one another.  Yahoo and Microsoft got their two systems to work with each other more than a year ago, but AOL is still working on interoperability issues with those two.
Discussion: Googlified and ParisLemon
Tris Hussey / blognation Canada:
Om Malik & Arrington Blow Off BlogWorld-iJustine Fills In  —  The buzz around the show was that Om Mailk and Michael Arrington were skipping BlogWorld Expo even though both are confirmed speakers.  Right now Leo Laporte, after giving what I've heard was a kick-ass keynote, pulled iJustine in as a last minute panel member.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can WiMAX be saved?  —  It costs money to build a nationwide network, even a citywide one.  Without some assurance of a return, few people want to go up against the current shared monopoly and drive down prices.  —  That's the clear message of the Clearwire-Sprint split on WiMAX …
Nick / Rough Type:
Tapping at the window  —  Spying is best done surreptitiously.  The Peeping Tom that you don't see is of infinitely less concern to you than the one who taps on your window and waves.  With its new Beacon ad program, Facebook taps on the window.  —  Nate Weiner reports on his first experience coming face …
Discussion: GigaOM, Valleywag and Download Squad
Catherine McLean / Globe and Mail:
RIM sues LG over phone names  —  Black Label, Black Cherry and Strawberry are too similar to BlackBerry, company argues  —  In its latest showdown over trademarks, Research In Motion Ltd. sued LG Electronics Inc. this week as it tries to stop that company from using names that are a bit too BlackBerryesque …
Seeking Alpha:
DivX and Xbox 360: A Potential Win-Win For Everyone  —  DivX (DIVX) followed up Tuesday night's earnings report with a presentation at the JP Morgan SmMid cap conference.  After having just undergone their quarterly confessional, I didn't expect to hear any new information, but wanted to tune in anyway.
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Update: Radiohead says its fans are not cheapskates  —  Earlier this week the Web was abuzz that Radiohead's pay-what-you-want experiment with its latest album, "In Rainbows", drew a surprising number of freeloaders.  But wait!  —  Radiohead claims that comScore, the Internet company …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of the Splogs—One Of Our Posts Copied 152 Times Without Attribution  —  Here at TechCrunch, there is nothing we love more than when one of our posts gets linked to and talked about.  And like the majority of other blogs out there, we try to be good citizens by linking back to any source from which we excerpt.
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung Stops Selling in Japan  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it had stopped selling flat panel televisions and other consumer products in Japan, citing poor profitability.  —  Samsung has emerged in the past decade and a half as a global giant in consumer electronics …
InfoWorld:
Analysts grade Vista's first year: Did not meet expectations  —  If Microsoft's Windows Vista were graded for its first year, the report card would read "not meeting expectations," analysts said Friday, a year and a day after the operating system code went gold and was sent off for duplication.
Discussion: Business Technology
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Infamous Russian malware gang vanishes  —  A Russian gang allegedly hosting malicious software abruptly disappeared this week, according to Trend Micro.  —  The Russian Business Network, which allegedly was heavily involved in hosting packing kits—development suites for malicious software …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook to let users vote on news feed [Scoop]  —  Snooping on user profiles isn't the only special privilege Facebook employees have.  They also get to test the site's latest features.  Like news feed voting.  Above is a mockup of my news feed as a Facebooker would see it, based on real screenshots from an inside source.
Discussion: Mashable!
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Web 2.0 Manages to Sober Up  —  A couple of weeks ago, Edelman marketing strategist Steve Rubel declared the Web 2.0 world to be skunk drunk on its own Kool Aid.  But I've seen signs of sobriety recently.  Kleiner Perkins has said no more Web 2.0 startups.
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog and A VC
 
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Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'
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Time Warner Cable To Employ DNS Redirection - The 'butterfinger …
Reuters:
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