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10:15 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.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple May Be Exempt From China's Web Filter Mandate  —  Apple appears to be exempt from China's mandate that a controversial Internet filtering program be shipped with all computers sold in the country.  —  Computers that do not meet the software's technical requirements are excluded from the mandate, according to one PC maker.
Discussion: Electronista and Mashable!
PC World:
How to Keep Your iPhone 3GS from Overheating  —  Al Sacco , CIO.com  —  In light of a spate of recent iPhone 3GS overheating reports, Apple published a set of guidelines to help iPhone users ensure that their devices remain at proper operating temperatures to prevent overheating and related issues.
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.
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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.
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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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. Now:
Judge tentatively dismisses case in MySpace hoax that led to teenage girl's suicide
Discussion: Ars Technica, MediaPost and PolicyBeta
Wall Street Journal:
States Plot New Path to Tax E-Retailers  —  Amazon.com Inc. and other e-commerce companies are winning some skirmishes against cash-strapped states that want to force them to collect sales taxes, but their victories may be short-lived.  —  Several states are contemplating new laws or revisions …
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Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:   Overstock Won't Cut California Affiliates
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 …
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 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 …
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.
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
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Review: Borders eBook - finally a rival to the Sony Reader  —  The Borders “eBook” device could be the first real competition to the Sony Reader, which was introduced in Britain last year.  —  The new gadget, made by Elonex for Borders UK, is not particularly flashy.
Thanks:muradahmed
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.”
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Hitachi GST buys Malaysian platter plant  —  Farewell Western Digital  —  Free whitepaper - Avoiding costs from oversizing data center and network room infrastructure  —  A Western Digital plant in Sarawak, Malaysia, has been sold to Hitachi GST.  —  The plant makes aluminium platters …
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Browser vendor squabbles cause W3C to scrap codec requirement  —  The decision could mean third-party plug-ins needed to play multimedia content will be around for a long time  —  The latest rewrite of the Web's mother tongue won't recommend the use of specific audio and video encoding formats …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One More Thing: The New Facebook iPhone App Will Allow Video Uploads
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