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*** Apple Unveils iPhone
Mathew Honan, Macworld

After more than two years in the making, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today announced the company's intention to enter the mobile handset market, unveiling the new Apple iPhone. The iPhone brings together several features of the iPod, digital camera, smartphones and even portable computing to one device, with a widescreen display and an innovative input method.

*** Finally, Apple Answers Call For iPhone
Jennifer Guevin and Michelle Meyers, CNET News.com

In a written response to an inquiry from CNET News.com made while Jobs' speech was still going on, a Cisco representative said, "It is ourb belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statements that were distributed to them last night." Cisco expects to receive a signed agreement Tuesday, according to the statement.

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*** Jobs Announces Apple TV
Mathew Honan, Macworld

Jobs announced the $299 device would be available in February, though the company has begun taking orders.


*** Queuing For Jobs And The iPhone
Tom Krazit, CNET News.com

By and large, technology trade shows don't attract average people willing to camp out overnight for a chance at a prime seat. But there they were, exchanging good-natured barbs with each other about the rumored products (namely, the iPhone) expected later than mroning as they struggle to stay warm on the sidewalk.

*** iPhone Impresses, But Can iAfford It?
David Kaplan and Anastasia Ustinova, Houston Chronicle

*** Greenpeace Protesters Dog Macworld
John Walko, EE Times Europe

*** Thanks For The Mac Memories
Daniel Terdiman, CNET News.com

At Macworld, Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the team that built the original Mac, spoke to a crowd of about 50 people about the early days of the project.

*** Analysis: iPhone A 'Wake-Up Call' For The Industry
Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

Apple has put a tremendous amount of pressure on handset makers like Motorola and Nokia, according to industry analysts. Capitalizing on its legendary ease-of-use, Apple will be a competitor out of the gate.

*** iTunes Store Sales Going Strong
Mathew Honan, Playlist

Apple has now surpassed Amazon to become the fourth largest music retailer in the U.S.

*** Flaw Found In Apple Bug-Fix Tool
Tom Espiner, CNET News.com

The application, called Application Enhancer (APE), is used by the "Month of Apple Fixes" project to apply run-time patches.

*** Apple Drops 'Computer' From Name
Mathew Honan, Macworld

"The Mac, iPod, Apple TV and iPhone. Only one of those is a computer. So we're changing the name," said Jobs.

*** Apple Enables 802.11n On Newer Macs
Peter Cohen, Macworld

*** Apple Intros 802.11n-Based AirPort Base Station
Peter Cohen, Macworld

*** Microsoft Reveals Details Of Office 2008 For Mac
Jim Dalrymple, Macworld

*** Paramount To Sell Movies On iTunes Store
Mathew Honan, Playlist


*** The Huge Potential Downside Of The iPhone
Jason Levine, Q Daily News

In all honesty, the most amzing thing to me about Apple's iPhone announcement is the exclusive multi-year pairing with Cingular, which locks Apple fans into an agreement with what might be one of the most customer-hostile companies ever.

*** More Apple
Up Your Ego

The Apple logo was a prominent feature in my house in my preteen days.

*** Some Hands-On Time With The iPhone
David Pogue, New York Times

Today, I had meetings with Steve Jobs and then Phil Schiller, Apple's director of worldwide marketing. I basically played with the iPhone the entire hour.

*** The Artist Formerly Known As Apple
Derik DeLong, MacUser

Changing a name to a symbol didn't work for Prince.

*** Macworld: A World Of Schwag
JD Lasica, Social Media

The schwag I got today as a conference speaker must have set some kind of record.

*** An iPhone Sans A Phone? Just Wi-Fi Access?
Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Your Tech Weblog

I'd adore one of those.

*** Mom Has Her Own Personal iPod
Mary Lou Aguirre, The Fresno Bee

Was this some sort of test by Apple? If you can't open the case in two minutes, are yo too old to have an iPod?

*** Woz On The iPhone And Apple, Inc.
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Regarding Apple's change of name from Apple Computer to Apple, Inc., Woz said that it took him by total surprise, but it's all good. "I never even thought of it in those terms, but it really makes sense," he said.

*** The Importance Of Being Apple
Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine

*** Apple's Son Of Newton
Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Watch

The iPhone's two distinguishing features will be twofo the least likely bloggers and reporters will mention: Mac OS X and synchronization.

*** The Apple iPhone
Jason Kottke

I grabbed some cardboard, scissors, and glue and made a scale model of the iPhone.

*** iPhone And The End Of PC Era
Om Malik, GigaOM

It is sweet irony that the company that sparked off the desktop computing revolution is the one announcing its passing.

*** ET, Phone Steve Jobs
Leander Kahney, Wired News

This was the most exciting product introduction Jobs has made in 20 years. Reality-distortion field? Bring it on.

*** Apple Says "Does Not Compute"
Dan Moren, MacUser

The iPhone exemplifies this theory: it's a computer; it runs OS X, and yet it's also a cell phone and an iPod: it's the entire Appel product line in one device. Apple's reminding us that the computers are everywhere today.

*** Not Waiting On The World To Change
Jason Snell, Macworld

Will Apple become the dominant cell phone maker in the world? I kind of doubt it. But I think it'll be a serious player, and I think its presence in the market will force everyone else who develops cell phones to drop a lot of their assumptions and accept that some of their phones' features simply aren't good enough for consumers.

*** Expo Reaction: iDisappointed
Rob Griffiths, Macworld

I was really hoping for some impressive new Macs to look at, and new versions of the applications suites we've all come to rely on. It seems we'll now have to wait for the inevitable Special Event for the release of Leopard, iLife, and iWork... and maybe my highly-desired ultra-portable Mac!


*** Any "Top Secret" Features Of iPhone Yet To Be Revealed?
Heng-Cheong Leong

Apple held back some features when Steve Jobs demoed Leopard at the last WWDC so as to prevent, as the company claimed, competitors from copying them.

Are there also features yet to be revealed about iPhone? If iPhone is running the full Mac OS X operating system, does that mean InkWell is alive and well, and the soft keyboard is just a red herring? And a lot of us can probably fun and interesting things that iPhone can do with functionalities like Bonjour, Automator/AppleScript, and Speech Recognition.

*** iPhone Works With Yahoo Mail, And Not .Mac Mail
Heng-Cheong Leong

I speculate that .Mac will be shutting down within a year, and .Mac customers will be migrated over to Yahoo!

*** Poor Microsoft. Even Poorer HP and Dopod
Heng-Cheong Leong

Bloomberg <http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a5G_U4Wv8fZU>: Microsoft will introduce video games for its Zune music player within 18 months to match features available on Apple's dominant iPod.

Well, too bad. Now Microsoft will have to add mobile phone features too in order to just match Apple. I'm sure the game features will most likely be great on Zune -- Xbox 360 has tons of positive reviews, but who carries around a video game player to the gym anyway?

Now that Microsoft has more or less killed off PlayForSure, should the Windows Mobile phone manufacturers be next in line to worry about whether to sign up for the Made for iPod program?


*** Iowa Antitrust Case: Microsoft Exec Called Software Developers 'Pawns'
Eric Lai, Computerworld

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*** Public Can Purchase $100 Laptop
Darren Waters, BBC News

The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project plan to release the machine on general sale next year. But customers will have to buy two laptops at once -- with the second going to the developing world.

*** Invasion Of The Body Scanners
David H. Holtzman, BusinessWeek

New airport X-rays may be a useful way to detect hidden explosives -- but officials will have to keep a tight rein on their use.

*** They Take It Seriously? Oh, Sure
Dan Gillmor, Center For Citizen Media

PR weasel-words don't make the situation even slightly better, especially given the frequency of their use.

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*** The Breakfast Wars
Julia Moskin, New York Times

Even as Starbucks has developed a mass following for its dark, super-roasted coffee and its iced, frothed, blended and flavored offspring, the company has struggled to get its food up to par.

*** Seven Rules For Reading The Paper
Garrison Keillor, Salon

Newspapers are portable, disposable and convey a certain savoir faire. Follow these easy steps, and you'll be leaving your laptop behind.

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*** What Can We Learn From This?
Heng-Cheong Leong

I don't understand. Converting film and videotapes into digital content, offer the content for download or streaming, and be able to down-sample sizes of content based on different badnwidth -- I thought this is what many media companies in the world is doing. I'm not sure why when MediaCorp wants to put up its archive for downloading, it needs to get the research scientists over at Institute of Infocomm Research <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/251693/1/.html> (funded by A*Star, I believe) involved.

Heck, just call up Apple, and MediaCorp can probably even get a good discount for Apple's solution.


*** NKF's Former CEO Durai Admits Liability To All Claims
Channel NewsAsia

On day three of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) trial, the new NKF has won its civil suit against former CEO TT Durai.

*** Temasek 'Awaiting Details' On Thai Investment Limits

*** Amused Onlookers Cheer Naked Swimmer

A nude swimmer, who refused to emerge from the water near a Singapore park, became engaged in a three-hour standoff with police, officers said on Wednesday.

*** Durai Accused Of Turning NKF Into 'Money-Making Machine'
Straits Times

*** Durai's Control Of NKF 'Extended To Business Deals'
Bertha Henson, Straits Times

*** Is 'Altered Copying' An Infringement?
Tan Hui Leng, Today

At the heart of the case of SLA against Virtual Map is the concept of "altered copying" -- copying with modifications.

*** Temasek Hit By Thai Curbs On Foreign Ownership

*** Old NKF's Slush Fund Exposed
Ansley Ng, Today

Did Durai set aside cash hoard to sidestep MOH fundraising restrictions?


*** Days Of Being Wild
Only Blue, Only Blue...

*** Tourism: M'sian Frontline Staff A Deterrent

This is one of the reasons why Thailand and Singapore do not seem to need to constantly advertise with different slogans to try and attract tourists.

*** Banishing The Fats
Mr Wang Says So

I feel a little sad to see the Health Promotion Board provide such reasons. Should trade barrier issues really be in the purview of HPB nutritionists like Grace Soon?

*** New Flats' Market Value Minus Sale Price = Subsidy
Kee Lay Cheng, Housing And Development Board, Straits Times

To understand the full extend of public-housing subsidy for new HDB flats, one should be comparing the market value of the flats with the sale prices charged by HDB, rather than look at the input costs of land and building.

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