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7:40 AM ET, July 3, 2009

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George Hotz / On the iPhone:
I make it ra1n  —  Yes, this is what you've all been waiting for.  A jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS.  And it's awesome.  To get started right now, go to purplera1n.com.  Download it.  Make sure you have windows(but not 7), the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with 3.0 firmware.
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
First iPhone 3GS Jailbreak Hits The Web  —  George Hotz, the 20-year old hacker who originally unlocked the iPhone, has released a jailbreaking application for the iPhone 3GS codenamed “purplera1n.”  It's currently Windows-only (Windows 7 not supported), and requires the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with the 3.0 firmware.
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:teensintech
Google Book Search Blog:
New ways to search within a book  —  At Google we want to make it easy for you to find the information you need.  As such, we've made searching for passages within a book part of the core experience of Google Books.  —  Earlier this month we revamped the search experience to make searching inside a book easier.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TeleRead
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
DOJ Confirms Antitrust Investigation Into Google Book Settlement
Discussion: New York Times, eWeek and Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
MacDailyNews:
Leaked AT&T memo: Apple iPhone 3GS generated ‘best ever sales day’  —  Multiple sources have provided MacDailyNews with an internal AT&T memo that highlights the company's recent milestones and successes: … [Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers who shall remain nameless for the heads up.]
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Google Voice gives users the ability to change numbers  —  Well it's not incoming number portability but it's better than nothing... While the Google Voice team continues to battle through a massive back log of customers itching for their invites, a nifty new feature popped up today for current Google Voice users.
Akshay Patil / The Official Google Blog:
New Blog Search tools: Feeds, Hot Queries and Latest Posts  —  Ever since the new Google Blog Search homepage launched, we've been fielding requests for a myriad of different features.  Today we're happy to announce the launch of our most requested feature: RSS and Atom feeds.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Stalled Out For About 6 Hours Today  —  A little over two hours ago, a Google employee posted a note in this Google Groups thread indicating that Google App Engine was “seeing elevated Datastore latency and error-rates, as well as elevated serving error-rates.”
Jim Norris / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed real-time search.  We have it.  It's here.  —  One of the coolest things about FriendFeed is how you can see everything that's happening on the site in real-time.  Starting today, this is even more true with real-time search.  —  Just enter a search query as you always have …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Judge Acquits Lori Drew in Cyberbullying Case, Overrules Jury  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Thursday overturned guilty verdicts against Lori Drew, issuing a directed acquittal on three misdemeanor charges.  —  Drew, 50, was accused of participating in a cyberbullying scheme …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Makes Hashtags More #Useful  —  You may have noticed that Twitter has started hyperlinking hashtags.  Those are words preceded by a “#” which denote what the Tweet is about and makes it easier to search for Tweets about specific topics and events.  For instance, try searching for #realtimecrunchup.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple retail stores can now replace broken iPhone screens  —  Apple has expanded the services offered by its retail stores to include fixing damaged iPhone screens.  —  The Loop has confirmed that if your iPhone has a broken screen and you take it to an Apple retail relocation, they have the capability to fix it on the spot.
Discussion: eWeek, Ars Technica and TG Daily
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Yelp Launches Facebook Connect  —  Today Yelp launched their implementation of Facebook Connect to enable users to share reviews with their friends on Facebook.  After you post your review on Yelp, you are prompted to post it to your feed.  That's about the extend of the service …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Marketers Call For Twitter To Filter Content For Pornography, Spam  —  Nude and explicit photographs have become more common on Twitter.  While the site has begun to gain momentum for marketing and customer service departments looking to promote products and services, or connect with customers …
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Overstock Won't Cut California Affiliates  —  Overstock.com Inc. late Wednesday said it reversed its decision to drop its California-based marketing affiliates after receiving assurance from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office the state's online-tax bill won't become law.
Jessica Hodgson / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Cut Up to 1,000 Europe Jobs, Union Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle Corp. is planning to cut up to 1,000 jobs in Europe, according to a French labor union.  —  The apparent move by Oracle, the world's second-largest software maker, comes shortly after the company said it detected signs …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ain't no thang: Socialthing sort of becomes AIM Connect  —  This past April, AOL began testing out a social toolbar for web sites, under the name of a lifestreaming service called Socialthing, which it acquired in 2008.  The toolbar is now going through a rough transition into something else …
Spencer / Siliconera:
Sony Patents A Motion Control System That Uses Ordinary Objects As Controllers  —  We saw Sony unveil a LED wand during their E3 press conference.  The device in conjunction with an EyeToy camera brought motion control to the PlayStation 3.  In addition to that Sony developed another motion control system that uses everyday objects.
Discussion: Kotaku, ElectricPig.co.uk and VG247
Brandon Bailey / SiliconBeat:
Intuit and a $120 million licensing deal  —  Intuit, the Mountain View maker of TurboTax and other software, recently said it will pay $120 million over the next ten years to an unnamed party for the right to use an unspecified technology — and that's prompting speculation among patent and licensing experts.
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Media player meets Netbook in the Archos 9PCtablet  —  The line between portable media devices and traditional Netbooks just got a little more blurred, thanks to this morning's announcement of the Archos 9PCtablet.  According to the company, this is a 9-inch touchscreen Atom-powered PC …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Some Vista users say they're getting the Ultimate shaft  —  Microsoft promised that by purchasing the pricey Ultimate edition of Vista users would get all kinds of extras.  —  However, for many, those extras turned out to be little more than a few screensavers and a poker game, prompting some significant grousing.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Northcliffe's Hyperlocal Play: A Local Network For Local People  —  Northcliffe Media has launched Local People, an ad-funded local community publishing platform that mixes area-specific business directories and social networking elements.  Still in its pilot stage, 20 sites are live now and 30 …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Staska / Unwired View:
LG aims for #2 spot by 2012, plans new “Black label” iPhone competitor, Prada III phone and extreme premium brand  —  LG has made some pretty impressive strides in a cellphone market during these last few years.  With the demise of Motorola and the problems ailing Sony Ericsson last year …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One More Thing: The New Facebook iPhone App Will Allow Video Uploads  —  Yesterday, we wrote about what Facebook was planning for the next major release of its iPhone app, version 3.0.  The big update will contain 15 new features, probably none bigger than the addition of event management to the app, finally.
Discussion: TUAW, NewTeeVee, geeksugar and Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Andreessen Readies a New Venture Capital Firm  —  The Silicon Valley star's company has attracted lots of interest, and $300 million.  Can he deliver with his innovative approach?  —  Watch the Video...  With the financial world in turmoil, this may seem like a terrible time to start a new venture capital firm.
Thanks:atul
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackspace Expects Credits of $2.5 Million  —  Rackspace Hosting (RAX) expects to issue customer service credits from Monday's data center outage of between $2.5 million and $3.5 million, the company said in an SEC filing.  —  An unusual series of equipment failures contributed …
Thanks:atul
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
DHS Cybersecurity Plan Will Involve NSA, Telecoms
Discussion: Associated Press and Gawker
Doug Gross / CNN:
Attacks, arrests slowing online news from Iran
Discussion: BBC and ReadWriteWeb
NathanKP / Experiment Garden:
Blogger.com Refreshes Page Every Few Seconds on Old Browsers
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
White Gloves & Thrown Elections: Michael Jackson vs. Iran Election
Discussion: Bits, SEO BlackHat and BetaNews
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
CSC to Resell Microsoft Cloud Services
Discussion: CSC and internetnews.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Layoffs and Reorg at IAC-Owned Evite
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch Europe:
Online content + printing press = customised newspapers FTW
Discussion: paidContent
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
GoDaddy Wants You to Go Twitter
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique
Discussion: metacool and digg.com, Thanks:outcastpr
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing “active packaging” for iPods and iPhones
Discussion: Phone Arena and I4U News
IAB:
Key Trade Groups Release Comprehensive Privacy Principles for Use …
Michael Hickins / BNET Technology:
iPhone Overtaking Nokia Worldwide
Discussion: Geekword
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Microsoft chucks vomit ad