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Apple: There's No $10,000 iTunes LP Charge

Following up on allegations made by an indie label that Apple charges $10,000 for an iTunes LP and wouldn't even allow indie labels access to the program, an iTunes spokesperson responded to Music Week with the following statement:

“There is no production fee charged by Apple. We're releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to create their own.”

Fake crisis averted?

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How to Make a Better iPhone Home Screen (Springboard) Concepts

Ocean Observations brings us a couple concepts on how they'd improve the iPhone Home Screen (Springboard). The first, above, embeds a tiny CoverFlow for apps at the bottom of the screen. While interesting, since Springboard currently supports only portrait mode and icon view, as TiPb's asked for before, why not let it rotate to landscape for full-screen coverflow?

Next video concept, and another idea from Tog after the break!

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The Competition: HTC HD2 Does What Microsoft Couldn't?

While reaction to Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 release ranged from "yawn" to "yeesh", one device, not even given the stage, certainly seems to have stolen the show -- HTC's HD2.

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Quick Web App Update: Google Adds Options to iPhone Search

Search Google.com from your iPhone (or Android or webOS device) and notice the brand-spanking new Options drop-down on the top right. Tap it a list Google's Mobile Blog says:

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Apple/Google Ties Completely Broken: Levinson Resigns from Google Board

Google has just announced that Dr. Arthur Levinson, former CEO of Gentech, has resigned from Google's board of directors. Said Google CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt:

"Art has been a key part of Google's success these past five years, offering unvarnished advice and vital counsel on every big issue and opportunity Google has faced. Though he leaves as a member of our Board, Art will always have a special place at Google."

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 11 Oct 2009

Last week was the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment conference. We had coverage at a few of our sites, but Kevin Michaluk and I also sat down with Mickey Papillon of The Cell Phone Junkie to record a podcast about our thoughts on the event - worth checking out. Here's what else went on in the smartphone world this week.

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TiPb on Digital Trends: iTablet, eBooks on iPhone, and CTIA

Digital Trends and Lief Iverson was gracious enough to have me on their podcast last week, and we took the opportunity to talk:

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All iPhone 3.1.2 Jailbreak Tool blackra1n for Windows Released

George Hotz, the man who brought you the jailbreak tool purplera1n, has once again impressed us all and this time it's an all iPhone 3.1.2 jailbreak only solution, blackra1n. Mac users need not apply as blackra1n is currently a Windows only application.

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blockquote>So, what is blackra1n? blackra1n is a 30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak. Even the ipt3, but the ipt3 is tethered. In order to boot it, just rerun blackra1n. As far as donations go, they are much appreciated, but not until after blackra1n works for you. I never ask for donations before the tool is released.

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T-Mobile Warns Sidekick Data May be Lost -- Timely Backup Reminder for All

T-Mobile has issued a warning that the ongoing, dare we say catastrophic failure of the Sidekick servers could result in permanent data loss if Sidekick users in any way reset their devices during the outage:

"Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power."

Scary, but also an urgent reminder to everyone who uses Cloud Services, including iPhone owners with MobileMe, Exchange ActiveSync, Google Gmail/Calendar, or any other, similar accounts.

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Quick App: Twitbit 2.0

For those of you who are a bit disappointed with your current iPhone Twitter client because of the lack of a little something called "push notifications" - You must check out Twitbit 2.0. [$2.99 Sale Price - iTunes Link] We've had the pleasure of testing the 2.0 build for quite some time now and we are happy to report this update has been finely tuned while adding a boatload of new features, so many that you'll have to wait for our full review.

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