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5:30 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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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
How to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS  —  Before I go defile myself with burgers and beer I wanted to jailbreak my iPhone 3GS for you all.  The process was amazingly simple.  Using a Windows netbook - it doesn't work under Windows 7 - I simply installed iTunes and ran purplera1n.
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
First iPhone 3GS Jailbreak Hits The Web
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Thanks:teensintech
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Seattle data center fire knocks out Bing Travel, other Web sites  —  A fire last night at Seattle's Fisher Plaza data center has knocked out service to some top Web sites, including Bing Travel and Authorize.net.  —  We first got word of the fire early this morning from the online real estate service Redfin …
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 and TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:crunchpadfans
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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.
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:crunchpadfans
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 …
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Derek Kravitz / Washington Post:
Woman Shot in Apple Store at Clarendon's Market Common  —  An employee of an Apple store in Arlington was shot and wounded this morning during an attempted armed robbery in a back storeroom as more than three-dozen shoppers and other employees milled about the showroom.
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.
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
ABCNEWS:
Gotta Go? iPhone App Tells Moviegoers When to Pee  —  RunPee Tells Moviegoers the Best Times to Duck Out to Go to the Bathroom  —  Soda.  Coffee.  Water.  Next time to you go to the movies, chug 'em all down.  —  As long as you have a new iPhone app by your side, you'll know when you can escape …
Samsung mobile:
EXCLUSIVE!  SAMSUNG OMNIA 2 i8000 VIDEO REVIEW ITA/ENG by Hdblog.it!  —  Ci siamo!  Ve lo abbiamo promesso ed eccolo qua ... ha richiesto tempo e dedizione ed abbiamo cercato di condensare il tutto in 11 minuti... poche parole... ora solo immagini... A voi i giudizi!  —  VERSIONE ITALIANA:
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
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.
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
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 …
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
More Buttons, More Retweet  —  We never rest on our laurels here at TweetMeme HQ and have been beavering away on a range of improvements.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak at a few new buttons launching next week.  —  Firstly one big change we have already made is to remove the (via @tweetmeme) from the end of any retweets.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Blog Search, Now With Added Mediocrity  —  Google has updated the homepage to Google Blog Search, but it seems more like a knee jerk reaction to other web sites, than true innovation.  —  Take for example the new “Hot queries” section.  It highlights the search terms currently most active on Google Blog Search.
Discussion: Gadgetell and Geekword
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
 
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Andrew Thomas / TG Daily:
Firefox, IE. Tech journalists are a disgrace
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
The ISG Top 25 Facebook Games for July 2009
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Interview: Pirate Bay Bidders Hope To Make $40 Million A Month From Ads
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Review: Borders eBook - finally a rival to the Sony Reader
Thanks:muradahmed
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
States Plot New Path to Tax E-Retailers
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Browser vendor squabbles cause W3C to scrap codec requirement
Discussion: Softpedia News and Daring Fireball
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Hitachi GST buys Malaysian platter plant
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Makes Hashtags More #Useful
Discussion: Geekword, Thanks:saishankarc