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iPhone Reviewed: Apple's Costly Triumph

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild
2. Today's Top Story
    - Review: The iPhone Is Apple's Latest Triumph
    - Consumer Group Complains About iPhone Battery
    - Most iPhone Owners Gush, But Some Have Glitches
    - iPhone Won't Sync With PCs Running 64-Bit Windows Vista
    - Curious Gadget Fans Smash, Dissect iPhones
3. Breaking News
    - Review: 6 Skype Alternatives Offer New Services
    - Storm Worm, Hidden In Phony E-Card Spam, Strikes Again
    - TransMedia Makes Word Processor And More Storage Available Through Apple iPhone
    - Microsoft Buys Two Data Centers For $200 Million
    - Toshiba Launches Notebook With HD DVD Drive
    - Google Establishes Panel Of Health Care Experts
    - Universal Puts Apple On Notice -- No iTunes Renewal
    - Nearly 30,000 Malicious Web Sites Appear Each Day
    - U.S. Mayors Pass Piracy-Prevention Resolution
    - 'Electronic Jihad' App Offers Cyberterrorism For The Masses
    - Apple Bobs Up From Bottom Of Green Barrel
    - Microsoft Gains, Business Objects Falls In BI Market Share
    - Georgia Court Says Internet Cache Not Proof Of Porn Possession
    - AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi For Select Customers
    - iPhone Used As Bait For Malicious Web Site
    - U.S., E.U. Reach Data-Sharing Agreement
    - Linspire Joins Microsoft Effort To Create Open Source XML Translators
    - iPhone Incompatibility Could Hurt Sales, Napster Warns
    - Visa Gets More Personal With Data
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - I Bought An iPhone -- Now What?
    - Report: Google Announcing GrandCentral Acquisition Today Or Tomorrow
    - My iPhone Odyssey
    - How iPhone May Change How We Carry Phones
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Maximizing Site Visitor Trust Using Extended Validation SSL
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"Practice random acts of independence and senseless acts of freedom." -- Professor Zen


1. Editor's Note: My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild

This journal of my Friday-night search for an iPhone has everything you look for in summer entertainment: suspense, fast driving, crime, sex, Eastern mysticism, finance, humor, and adventure.

My initial plan was to drive east from my home office to look for the iPhone at AT&T stores out where San Diego County starts getting rural. I figured there'd be less demand for the iPhone there. I suspect AT&T had the same idea about demand -- the two AT&T stores I tried sold out quickly. So I regrouped and tried the Apple Store in Fashion Valley shopping center in San Diego proper.

As I went, I posted updates to my Twitter account, at first from my home office, and then from the road over my BlackBerry. (Ironically, my company sent me a BlackBerry last week, and it arrived Friday morning.)

For a record of my adventure, as told through my tweets, visit my blog post. And make sure to leave a comment -- was your iPhone search as interesting as mine?

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Review: The iPhone Is Apple's Latest Triumph
Apple's phenomenon does phone calls, multimedia, e-mail, and text messaging and surfs the Web amazingly well. But the AT&T Edge network is slow, text input is difficult -- and it'll cost you.

Related Stories:

Consumer Group Complains About iPhone Battery
A consumer group says it's unacceptable to require owners to pay $85.95 and ship their iPhones to Apple to have the phone's battery replaced. Free batteries for life is its recommended solution.

Most iPhone Owners Gush, But Some Have Glitches
Brad Bargman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who waited in line for nine hours to buy his phone, said excitement turned to dismay when the device stubbornly refused to activate.

iPhone Won't Sync With PCs Running 64-Bit Windows Vista
Even though all the versions of Vista listed by Apple are available in 64-bit editions, no mention is made of 64-bit incompatibility.

Curious Gadget Fans Smash, Dissect iPhones
It took Apple more than six months to build the iPhone, but curious gadget fanatics needed only minutes to tear one apart.


3. Breaking News

Review: 6 Skype Alternatives Offer New Services
In an effort to compete with the market leader, these VoIP services have come up with some interesting and useful features that may inspire you to switch.

Storm Worm, Hidden In Phony E-Card Spam, Strikes Again
The virulent Storm worm has been hitting on and off since January. Its authors keep changing the methods they use to send it, this time fooling people with fake e-card promises.

TransMedia Makes Word Processor And More Storage Available Through Apple iPhone
TransMedia has added iPhone support to its Glide Mobile online media sharing and storage service.

Microsoft Buys Two Data Centers For $200 Million
Microsoft last week bought two Santa Clara, Calif., data centers from Savvis for a staggering $200 million, more than Microsoft often pays to acquire another company.

Toshiba Launches Notebook With HD DVD Drive
The PC maker hopes its Satellite P205-S6347 will help boost sales of HD DVD disks, which have been outpaced by Blu-ray technology.

Google Establishes Panel Of Health Care Experts
The Google Health Advisory Council aims to help the search engine company better serve users seeking health-related information.

Universal Puts Apple On Notice -- No iTunes Renewal
Universal plans to sell music at will, meaning that it could withdraw its songs from Apple's online store on short notice. The move is widely seen as an effort to obtain better contractual terms from Apple.

Nearly 30,000 Malicious Web Sites Appear Each Day
While researchers are simply getting better at finding the malicious sites, Sophos reports that hackers are increasingly turning to Web-borne malware -- in great numbers.

U.S. Mayors Pass Piracy-Prevention Resolution
Among other items, the plan calls upon city governments to improve internal prevention of peer-to-peer applications and piracy on local government equipment.

'Electronic Jihad' App Offers Cyberterrorism For The Masses
U.S. businesses would be greatly impacted by any large-scale cyberattacks because most of that infrastructure is run by companies in the private sector.

Apple Bobs Up From Bottom Of Green Barrel
Earlier this year, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs promised the company would do more to improve its environmental policies and practices.

Microsoft Gains, Business Objects Falls In BI Market Share
While Microsoft and Oracle are advancing in business intelligence market share, leaders Business Objects and Cognos failed to keep pace.

Georgia Court Says Internet Cache Not Proof Of Porn Possession
The decision could make it more difficult for prosecutors to convict others for viewing child pornography.

AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi For Select Customers
Customers can log in at 10,000 hotspots, including airports, McDonald's restaurants, Barnes & Noble bookstores, coffee shops, and sporting venues.

iPhone Used As Bait For Malicious Web Site
The malicious site is set up to use 10 different ActiveX vulnerabilities to install a rootkit that turns the infected machine into a bot.

U.S., E.U. Reach Data-Sharing Agreement
The United States agreed to reduce the amount of passenger information it collects and to limit the use of banking data for counterterrorism only.

Linspire Joins Microsoft Effort To Create Open Source XML Translators
Linspire said the translators would improve the ability of OpenOffice.org users to interoperate with Office Open XML, which is Microsoft Office 2007's default format.

iPhone Incompatibility Could Hurt Sales, Napster Warns
Napster said Apple products could come to dominate the handheld PDA market to the point where vendors that don't offer compatible offerings could suffer financially.

Visa Gets More Personal With Data
Visa plans to roll out new, highly customized incentive and reward programs based on more detailed consumer information, including data on purchases, buying habits, and retailer loyalty.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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I Bought An iPhone -- Now What?
You're probably sick of hearing about the iPhone already. How can you not be? It's on the Internet, on TV, on the radio -- basically taking over mainstream news. But I'm guilty of giving into all the hype. I bought an iPhone on Friday. My excuse to others is that I needed a new phone and I've always wanted an iPod, so the iPhone made sense for me. In reality, it's a really cool gadget that I just had to have.

Report: Google Announcing GrandCentral Acquisition Today Or Tomorrow
TechCrunch is reporting that Google will announce it's acquired Internet telephony company GrandCentral, which offers users one phone number for work, home, and cell. Google will pay $50 million or more, TechCrunch says.

My iPhone Odyssey
Of course, I've wanted an iPhone since it was first announced back in January, but I hadn't made up my mind to actually go out and buy one ... until 5 p.m. Friday. Here's what happened.

How iPhone May Change How We Carry Phones
Perhaps it's our Star Trek communicator roots, but North Americans are obsessed with clamshell designs. That may change dramatically if Apple's iPhone takes off with consumers.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

BreakthroughIT, Inc. seeking Technical Writer in Groton, CT

Openlink Financial seeking Client Support Analyst in Uniondale, NY

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

MarketSense seeking Database Developer in Burr Ridge, IL

Investment Technology Group seeking Sr. Software Engineer in New York, NY

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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