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China Mobile and Apple Rumble over App Store

Aiya! There's still no iPhone officially available in the world's most populous country, the People's Republic of China. Sure, Apple actually sells unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong and Taiwan in an attempt to lure the most affluent Chinese customers to their platform -- and lets not forget the monstrous iPhone 2G black market -- but absent homegrown carrier subsidies and support, it will never attain most-favored device status.

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Apple Puts Some Snap Into MobileMe/Windows Outlook Sync

Good news, Windows PC users: Apple's MobileMe News blog has just announced that they've finally put some shove into their Windows-side push:

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On Apple, Android, and 3.5mm Headset Jacks

Someone told Daring Fireball that Apple not only asked Google to remove the multi-touch from the Android/HTC T-Mobile G1 smartphone, but also to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Is There a Market (Again!) for the iPhone 2G?

Before WWDC in June of 2008, when Apple announced the iPhone 3G, supplies of the original iPhone (now called 2G) began to dry up. Apple killed the iPhone 2G rather than allow two versions of the device to be on the market at the same time.

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TiPb 2009 Valentine's Day iPhone Gift Guide

Unlike the snow, TiPb's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide has come and gone, but while festivities pass, the gift of giving lasts all year long -- especially when loved ones are expecting them some Valentine's gift love! So, TiPb once again comes to the rescue with our 2009 Valentine's Day iPhone Gift Guide!

Need something special for that someone special? We got'cha covered after the break!

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The 7-Day $0.99 AppStore Pricing Experiment

Take your $5+ apps and put them on sale for $0.99 for a week, and see if cheap really does make it up on volume, and what do you get? Aside from a lot of iPhone media attention, pretty much a wash according the AppCubby:

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Mighty Marvel Motion Comics Coming to Intrepid iTunes!

Listen up, true believers! TUAW is reporting that Marvel Comics, home to the X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Spider-Man has announced at the New York Comic Con:

their intention to sell "In-Motion" comic books through the iTunes Store. According to Marvel, the In-Motion comics go beyond the paperback books with animated panels and voice-over work from popular actors. Sounds like something that could be a lot of fun on an iPod touch or iPhone.

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Gizmodo: Another Next Gen iPhone Concept -- MacBook Air Inspired

We should start a new "Gizmodo iPhone Concept Art" category, because it seems like Jesus Diaz is throwing up one of these a week, each equal parts smart and silly in their own way. This week's version doesn't light my design regions on fire, but the idea of built in video iChat, compatible with desktops -- even with the Google Maps/CoreLocation chrome tossed in -- is very much "me want".

What do you think? I love the MacBook Air look, but in an iPhone? And is Mobile iChat definitely a must-drool feature?

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Apple: "Don't Use Multi-Touch on Android!" Google: "Okay..."

We've heard whispers relating to this one for a while, but now VentureBeat (via MacRumors) is putting text-to-screen about it:

Apple, which of course makes the signature multi-touch mobile device, the iPhone, apparently asked Google not to implement it, and Google agreed, an Android team member tells us.

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Google Announces Google Sync for iPhone - Exchangify your Google Data

Here's a welcome surprise for you: Google has now created Google Sync for iPhone so that you can sync up your Google Contacts and Google Calendar. They are doing it by making their data look like an Exchange server -- meaning that if you're not already using Exchange on your iPhone for work, you can point it at Google's servers (see full instructions here) to get your contacts and calendars pushed out to you. Nice? Nice.

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