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2:20 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 …
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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
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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
SkyRaider / WJLA-TV:
Employee Shot at Arlington Apple Store  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - An employee at an Apple store in Arlington's upscale Clarendon section is recovering from a gunshot wound.  —  Police say the 26-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder by a man who rang a doorbell at the back of the store before it opened Friday morning.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How many new iPhones did AT&T sell?  —  AT&T's (T) widely leaked “best-ever sales day” memo ticking off the records set on June 19, 2009 — the day it began selling the iPhone 3GS — is packed with superlatives but notably lacking in numbers.  (See memo below.)
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Interview: Pirate Bay Bidders Hope To Make $40 Million A Month From Ads  —  So how exactly does unlikely Pirate Bay bidder Global Gaming Factory X intend to profit from the scourge of the entertainment industry, and pay content owners?  CEO Hans Pandeya, who offered SEK 60 million …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Asteroids’ lands at Universal  —  Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing game adaptation  —  Universal has won a four-studio bidding war to pick up the film rights to the classic Atari video game “Asteroids.”  Matthew Lopez will write the script for the feature adaptation, which will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
 
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Browser vendor squabbles cause W3C to scrap codec requirement
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Hitachi GST buys Malaysian platter plant
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 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Makes Hashtags More #Useful
Discussion: Geekword, Thanks:saishankarc
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
 

 
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