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Amazon Spits Delicious Library for iPhone Out of App Store

Amazon, citing new provisions of their API/data terms of use, informed Delicious Library developer Wil Shipley that if he didn't immediately remove Delicious Library for iPhone from the iTunes App Store, they'd remove his ability to use Amazon APIs and data from all of his products, including the long-standing Delicious Library for Mac.

Just when we thought Apple had a hold on mind-boggling app blocking. Sigh.

TUAW quotes the relevant new passage:

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Quick App 3.0: G-Map East and West Now Feature Turn-by-Turn, Voice-Guided Navigation

G-Map from XRoad sent us a postcard from their drive up highway 3.0 and let us know they've come back with great new features like real-time voice guidance and turn-by-turn arrows.

And as always, since G-Map 1.3.1 downloads its maps to your iPhone, you don't need a data or Wi-Fi connection to use them, which comes in handy when in-between cities and off the grid.

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Quick App: Prowl Provides Push Notification for Growl on iPhone

Prowl ($2.99 - iTunes link) sends Growl alerts to your iPhone via Push Notification. That's right, duck and cover, we've just found the nu-cu-lar option.

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Updated: Ultrasn0w, Redsn0w, and Winterboard Get iPhone 3GS Compatible

Three of the most popular tools on the scene have been updated to be fully compatible with the iPhone 3GS: The Dev Teams software unlock - ultrasn0w, their jailbreak software - redsn0w (via torrent for Windows, Mac, Linux), and saurik's popular iPhone theming tool, Winterboard (via Cydia).

Two hours ago saurik twittered the following:

The newly released 0.9.2958 versions of MobileSubstrate and WinterBoard (upgraded to support ARM7/Thumb2) should now work on the iPhone 3GS

That was followed by a quick tweet from the Dev Team:

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Jailbreak Users Still Have Problems with Push Notification?

Since the iPhone 3.0 Jailbreak has become available, and now with both purplera1n and redsn0w coming on line with iPhone 3GS Jailbreak solutions, we've heard rumblings about problems with Push Notifications not working, or not working properly.

The Dev Team has noted this:

we have some remaining 3.0 jailbreak issues to investigate, including push notification

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iPhone App Store Gets Ready to Celebrate 1st Birthday

Apple's iTunes App Store launched on July 11, 2008 alongside the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0. Now, just a few days shy of its first birthday, iTunes is getting ready to celebrate by showcasing some of Apple's favorite iPhone (and iPod touch) apps [iTunes link].

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Doom Resurrection, iTunes Movies, Tap Tap Revenge, IM+, Appshopper.com, Autostich - TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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Quick App: CNNMoney.com News, Stocks, and Video for iPhone

CNNMoney.com News, Stocks, and Video [free - iTunes link] is the latest big name entrant into the App Store financial news and media space. Leveraging their brand and resources, it looks like CNN.com's mobile site while working like an iPhone app. iPhone-likeness aficionados may take a few blinking moments to adjust, but it's a deliberate design decision that will no doubt appeal to the massive user-base of CNN.com's existing web services.

TiPb had a chance to test drive CNNMoney for the iPhone (and iPod touch), and from a pure content standpoint it's impressive. When you first launch, you're greeted with the News dashboard. At the very top is a rotating stock-ticker, then a sampling of latest news, stocks, videos, etc. Users can easily check or uncheck specific content options, and drag them around to re-sequence them in whatever order they prefer. (I immediately put technology news at the top).

The content itself isn't merely a feed. In an effort to give mobile users the best experience possible, both statistical measures like popularity and hand-picked curation on the part of CNN Money's editors determine which stories and in what order they're made available to the iPhone app. Also, stories loaded into the app are cached locally in case you need to go offline (i.e. on an airplane).

The free app is supported by advertising, but when there is no appropriate or available ad, rather than filler or "house ads", CNN Money cuts users a much-appreciated break and removes the ad space completely.

My Stocks is pre-populated with a few high profile favorites but can be easily customized. Tapping a stock brings up a details and graph view. As is typical with online stock reporting, quotes are delayed roughly 15 min. Once you've viewed a stock quote, a new section pops up on your dashboard News tab called Last 3 Quotes, and as the title indicates, it keeps track of your most recently views stocks.

Videos shows thumbnails and a brief description of the story. CNN Money typically produces over a dozen unique video segments a day, and they load quickly and look good on the iPhone.

The Add/Remove tab lets you do the content re-arrangement mentioned previously.

It should be noted that while CNN Money is compatible with iPhone 3.0, and the system-wide Copy functionality works fine, it doesn't yet support push notification alerts, or automatic video stream optimization. Hopefully we'll see these in an update. Along with a good James Earl Jones rendition of "This is CNN".

Screenshots after the break...

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iPhone 3GS Jailbreak purplera1n Updated to Support Vista, Windows 7, 64-bit

OH (original hacker, yo!) George Hotz has posted the RC2 version of his iPhone 3GS jailbreak tool, purplera1n. Along with other improvements, the new version supports Vista, Windows 7, and supports 64-bit.

If any of the above interests you, and you're a responsible adult who understands the risks involved, hit the link below and check it out. Jarrrr!

[On the iPhone]

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Dev Team Demos iPhone 3GS ultrasn0w Unlock, Hacker Releases iPhone 3GS purplera1n Jailbreak

There has been so much jailbreak/unlock news as of late, it's enough to make your head spin. So let's end this week with two more tidbits of news from the community.

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