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1:25 PM 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: NEWSFACTOR, Thanks:teensintech
Anil Dash:
Free Criticism, Science After Data, and Airport Books  —  When I saw Malcolm Gladwell doggedly dissecting Chris Anderson's upcoming “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” (see Chris' response here) my first reaction was: Brilliant!  Chris Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired …
Discussion: Webmetricsguru and Twist Image
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Andres Sehr / Spotify:
Chris Anderson's Free, the first audiobook on Spotify
Trooper P / Crunchpad Fans:
SF Business Times: CrunchPad Inc. Formed With 14 Employees In Singapore  —  The San Francisco Business Times has chronicled the rise of Michael Arrington from a corporate lawyer to an internet tycoon, and now a hardware entrepreneur.  In addition, a few more simple details have emerged.
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Patrick Hoge / bizjournals:
Tech blog titan Michael Arrington's next big thing: Hardware  —  In four years, Michael Arrington has gone from knowing relatively little about the Internet or journalism to presiding over the hugely popular, influential and profitable Palo Alto-based TechCrunch network of blogs.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:crunchpadfans
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Needs a Spam Filter?  No, We Need a Marketer Filter  —  Has Twitter spam gotten a little out of hand?  According to today's top story on Techmeme, it has.  Apparently, marketers are calling for Twitter to filter out spam and other adult content from the microblogging service.
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Marketers Call For Twitter To Filter Content For Pornography, Spam
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.
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Mike Kent / NEWSFACTOR:
China Testing Mac Version of Green Dam Web Filter
Discussion: eWeek
Paul Carr / Guardian:
Did Techcrunch really kill Blognation?  Time - and the courts - will tell  —  Episode 34: In which I rub my hands with glee - and my head with confusion - over the prospect of Sam Sethi's lawsuit against Techcrunch  —  Good news, London!  Later this week, the “traveling geeks” arrive in the capital.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Authorize.net Goes Down, E-Commerce Vendors Left Hanging  —  Talk about a serious outage.  Payment gateway service provider Authorize.net has been down and out for several hours, a number of tipsters inform us.  That has big implications: since the service is used by tens of thousands …
Samsung mobile:
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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.
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:   Overstock Won't Cut California Affiliates
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
DEMO announces $1M media prize  —  Here's the latest reason why entrepreneurs should consider launching their products at the fall DEMO conference in San Diego:  —  Two winners, as selected by a panel of individual judges, will be awarded a significant amount of media publicity …
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Singing A New Tune: The Imeem Music Store.  —  Does embattled music streaming site imeem think it can take on iTunes?  For the most part, nearly every streaming song on the site has a download button which links to both iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store.  But it is quietly testing …
Discussion: Electronista
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Nvidia denies Apple dropping them  —  Jensen loves them too much  —  We spoke to industry sources close to Nvidia and got clear confirmation that the Nvidia-Apple relationship is doing just fine.  —  Apple is still buying Nvidia notebook chips and chipsets and nothing has changed in the last few weeks.
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.
JaShong King / Reuters:
Gamer steals from virtual world to pay real debts  —  TORONTO, July 2 (Reuters Life!)  - Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market.  —  It happened in EVE Online …
NTT DOCOMO Global Site:
DOCOMO to Launch Mobile Remittance Service  —  NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today a new service that will enable an individual subscriber to use their DOCOMO mobile phone to easily and quickly remit money to another DOCOMO user, beginning on July 21.  —  Customers of DOCOMO's …
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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Paul / GeekSmack:
CONFIRMED: Windows 7 RTM To Be Announced July 13th  —  Through our sources close to Microsoft, we can now confirm that the Windows 7 RTM build that will be chosen over the next few days will be officially announced on July 13th, 2009, the same day as the WPC09 (Worldwide Partner Conference) will take place in New Orleans.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Hodgson / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Cut Up to 1,000 Europe Jobs, Union Says
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackspace Expects Credits of $2.5 Million
Thanks:atul
Brandon Bailey / SiliconBeat:
Intuit and a $120 million licensing deal
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Andreessen Readies a New Venture Capital Firm
Thanks:atul
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple retail stores can now replace broken iPhone screens
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