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1:25 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone can phone home and kill apps?  —  Apple has apparently included a blacklisting mechanism in iPhone OS 2.x via which the device can phone home, check for unauthorized applications, and disable them.  The OS includes a URL that points to a page containing a list of unauthorized applications, specifically:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A look at risk-reward: Apple may nuke apps on your iPhone remotely  —  Apple apparently can disable App Store software remotely on your iPhone 3G.  The iPhone calls home and poof the application is nuked.  —  Needless to say that this has caused a bit of a blog ruckus (Techmeme).
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple's secret iPhone app blacklist
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Rajas Moonka / The Official Google Blog:
New enhancements on the Google content network  —  Today we're announcing some key enhancements on the Google content network (partner sites for which we provide advertising) that will offer a better experience for users and better value for advertisers and publishers.
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
At Black Hat, Kaminsky details DNS flaw  —  Security researcher Dan Kaminsky has offered more details about a fundamental flaw in the Domain Name System and the extent of the vulnerability.  —  In a presentation at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday …
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Net address bug worse than feared
Discussion: Switched
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Much Will Your Startup Be Worth In Three Years?  Go Find Out.  —  See our review of the YouNoodle startup valuation predictor from a couple of days ago (as well as our skeptical post from earlier this year).  The product just came out of private beta.  Look for a tab in the top right corner …
Discussion: AppScout
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
YouNoodle's startup predictor wants to tell you how much your company is worth
Discussion: broadstuff
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple poised for special event this September  —  Although it has not yet been announced, investment bank Piper Jaffray believes it's only a matter of time before Apple reveals plans to hold a special event next month to usher in a new array of iPods and Mac notebooks.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
The Top Five Reasons Not to Upgrade to the New iPhone 3G  —  I've had my new 3G iPhone for about a month now and I thought I'd take a few minutes to write some of my thoughts and reflections on the experience for people who might be considering upgrading to the new 3G iPhone.  First a little background though.
Discussion: Ken Yarmosh … and Lockergnome
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC “Ultimate” S101 revealed, and it's brown  —  We've already seen the S101 Ultimate Eee PC at the top of ASUS' Eee PC pyramid of implosion.  ASUS' prez, Jerry Shen, told us earlier to expect the Atom-based netbooks to ship with a 32GB SSD, 10.2-inch, 16:9 aspect LED backlit display and battery life of about 4-5 hours.
Christina Clark / Download Squad:
SlingPlayer 2.0 released today  —  Slingbox from SlingMedia is one of my favorite things to use.  Being rather addicted to watching the Food Network and TLC's What Not to Wear it's great to just grab my laptop and check out what's on wherever I am.  My favorite time to use Slingbox?
Discussion: Crave, Boy Genius Report and Gizmodo
David Hayhurst / Agence France Presse:
Illegal downloads near BO levels in France  —  Leaked report reveals scale of pircy problem  —  PARIS — According to a report from a leading national anti-piracy association, close to 450,000 illegal downloads of recent films are being made every day in France, putting illegal pirate copies close …
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Piracy could put film industry out of business, warns group
Discussion: Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Most iPhone Apps Are Failing To Leverage The Network Effect  —  I'm seeing a trend as I continue to download and test many of the 1,500+ and growing iPhone applications currently available on iTunes: Few of them are really taking advantage of the network effect to build any kind of competitive barrier to entry.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Web Developer and His Wife (A Fairy Tale)  —  There was once a mom and pop kind of web shop selling auction products, making money through the affiliate commissions.  She (the wife) would do the design and customer contacts, and he (the husband) would do the programming of the site.
Jon / p2pnet:
BitTorrent dumps sales staff  —  Products:- Bram Cohen's BitTorrent, the file-sharing protocol which, like P2P file sharing application Kazaa, is most named in the corporate entertainment industry file sharing wars, has fired its entire sales and marketing department, says Valleywag.
Jon / p2pnet:
‘La vie est Bell’ (cough, cough)  —  p2pnet news view Freedom |  P2P:- Thankfully, under new its ownership, Bell Canada is giving the boot to the tacky beaver duo it's been using as figureheads, together with the late and unlamented Emily.  —  “Beavers are best known for their natural trait of building dams,” says the Wikipedia.
Discussion: Electronista
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft searching for Olympic medals  —  Although it talks about the battle with Google as a marathon rather than a sprint, Microsoft is hoping that the Olympics will help give its Internet properties a tail wind.  —  As Google and Yahoo are also doing, Microsoft is tailoring its search results to feature Olympics content.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WMG Call: Bronfman: We're Not Doing As Bad As The Rest Of The Music Industry  —  Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music Group's Chairman and CEO, began the call offering a set stats designed to show how the company is outpacing the rest of the music industry—or at least doing less worse.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reuters
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Apps Hit by Prolonged Gmail Access Problem  —  A technical problem hit an undetermined number of Gmail users, including paying subscribers to the Google Apps hosted software suite, locking them out of their accounts for about 15 hours on Wednesday and early Thursday.
Discussion: eWeek
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
WTF?!  BlackBerry KickStart is BlackBerry PEARL 8220?!  —  OK.  This just got weird.  Following up on the Rogers BlackBerry KickStart pics from earlier today, our buds at BlackBerry Cool just posted the photo below which shows the new BlackBerry flip phone (on Rogers at least) …
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Business Wire:
CCTV Selects SafeNet to Secure Online Broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympics
Discussion: p2pnet, TVover.net and Slyck
benheck.com:
Inside a 60 gig Xbox 360
Discussion: Joystiq, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Kotaku
Lisa Belkin / New York Times:
The New Workplace Perk: Gas
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Time for Google to take out Sprint
Stuart Schwartzapfel / Autopia:
Lotus Makes Hybrids Sound Like Real Cars
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PwnageTool 2.0.2 ready “in next few hours,” jailbreakers prepare your engines
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
Hands-on with the Vista Media Center TV Pack
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
The Opaque Side of Apple
Discussion: iLounge
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
From the Trenches: OS Who?  —  Between reviewing tons of plans …
Scott Loganbill / webmonkey:
iPhone Coders Miffed, Muzzled By Apple's NDA
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Digg
Steve Boggan / Times of London:
‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces the slim and elegant T700 …
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and IntoMobile
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple's iPhone Takes a Toll
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The true meaning of Twitter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jajah Launches Instant Chinese/English Voice Translation