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That was the week that was...

by Retired Blogger on ‎06-28-2010 08:24 AM


Windows Phone 7 will be an 'ad-serving machine'
Windows Phone 7 apps will be able to send users information, news and offers from their favorite brands, effectively turning Microsoft's next mobile operating system into an "ad-serving machine," a representative said.

150 Million Licenses of Windows 7 Sold, Windows Live Betas Announced
Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date. As I’ve said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second. Earlier this month, I published a post about Tami Reller’s keynote at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. Technology Conference. One of the points that stood out for me was her comment that between companies actively deploying and evaluating it, approximately 75% of enterprises are looking at Windows 7 for their organization. That’s amazing!


iPhone 4 Jailbroken Already!
Yes you read that right! iPhone 4 has been successfully jailbroken only within a few days of launch! It looks like the “userland” jailbreak vulnerability which was used by SpiritAndroid port for iPhone fame) and @chpwn has managed to get root access on the device using code of @comex’s userland jailbreak method.

iPhone 4 antenna problems were predicted on June 10 by Danish professor
Well, this must be one of the most epic "I told you so" moments in the history of consumer electronics. Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, an antenna expert over at Denmark's Aalborg University, managed to get his concerns about the iPhone 4's external antennae on the record a cool two weeks before the phone was even released.

The $0.001 DIY iPhone 4 Antenna Fix
There's a huge media fuss about a potential failing of the iPhone 4's clever antenna design, with folks concerned it spells radio-drop-out call doom for the phone. We remain to be convinced. But here's a $0.001 DIY fix anyway.

Why Your iPhone 3G Didn't Get Backgrounds With iOS 4
Today we finally got to officially download iOS 4 and update our iPhone and iPod touch devices. There was a catch though: iPhone 3G users don't get to use all the new features—like backgrounds or multitasking. Here's why.


Death by Gadget
An ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo. With throngs waiting in lines in the last few days to buy the latest iPhone, I’m thinking: What if we could harness that desperation for new technologies to the desperate need to curb the killing in central Africa?

Google Remotely Removes Android Apps

Google disclosed in a blog post on Thursday that it remotely removed two applications from Android phones that ran contrary to the terms of the Android Market.

A security researcher built and offered the free applications "for research purposes," wrote Rich Cannings, Android security lead, in the blog post. The application descriptions misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage downloads, he said.


Traditional Media Is Having A Field Day On Tumblr
Tumblr, the innovative blogging platform created by young web entrepreneur David Karp in 2007, had a bit of a media moment on the afternoon of Thursday, June 24.

Around 1 p.m., we reported that The New York Times had recently created a Tumblr, which we'd stumbled upon a week earlier. (A spokeswoman for the paper had just confirmed with us that the blog was indeed the property of The Times and not some prankster looking to flame the Gray Lady.)


Facebook Unleashes Open Graph Search Engine, Declares War On Google

While there was a lot of speculation about Facebook’s search strategy, the company has confirmed with us that “all Open Graph-enabled web pages will show up in search when a user likes them”. Earlier this week we published about the new Facebook SEO that’s possible via the Open Graph, but now it’s clear that this is the beginning of Facebook’s internet search strategy. The race is now on for publishers to optimize their sites for Facebook’s search engine.

Visa's payclick takes on PayPal for micropayments

Credit card giant Visa has entered the micropayment processing space with payclick, a pre-paid hosted service aimed at teenagers purchasing online line content such as music and games.

Like PayPal, payclick is an online money repository that people can pay into with a bank account, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or BPay and use the funds to purchase products online. No PayPal integration yet.



Your Turn
So, did I miss anything? What online story really got you going this week? Link to it in the comments!

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