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Updated: Apple Introduces In-App Purchase for Free App -- Buh-Bye Lite, Hello Demo!

Apple has just sent out a letter to developers introducing in-app purchasing for free apps.

UPDATE: Developers Erica Sadun on TUAW, and Marco Arment delve deeper into the subject, as does Techcrunch (twice).

ORIGINAL: Here's what Apple had to say:

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AT&T's iPhone MMS Displaying Incorrect Sender Number

Ross Miller of Engadget is giving more credibility to some of the reports of iPhone MMS on AT&T's network being a little wonky. It seems as if some users sending MMS messages are having their pictures delivered, but with the message on the recipients end displaying an incorrect phone number for the sender.

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PhoneView Desktop Companion for iPhone on Mac OS X

PhoneView is a desktop companion that fills in the holes left by iTunes for any iPhone user on the Mac (sorry Microsoft faithful). Some of PhoneView's features are as follows:

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iPhone "Expose" Shown Off for Jailbreak!

It seems like just the other day TiPb linked to a concept rendering of what Apple's Mac Expos&eacute might look like for the iPhone, and now Steve Troughton-Smith, creator of Stacks for iPhone, has gone and brought it to Jailbreak.

It's not publicly available yet, not via Cydia much less via Apple. But do we want?

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Thursday Fun Video: iDriver iPhone Remote Controlled Car

iDriver, an iPhone remote-controlled car by the Artificial Intelligence Group at Freie Universitaet Berlin scares us off the roads. But we want it.

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Acceleroto on Developing Air Hockey for the iPhone vs. Palm Pre

Acceleroto, makers of the iPhone apps Air Hockey [$0.99 - iTunes link] and Air Hockey Free [Free - iTunes link] have written an interesting post on the differences between developing their app for the iPhone App Store vs. the Palm Pre App Catalog. Some take away:

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The Competition: HTC Gets a Hero and Motorola Goes Android with CLIQ

First up, the highly anticipated HTC Hero is in Android Central's house, and Casey gives us a look at the decidedly non-Google Android phone and SenseUI, something closer akin to HTC's previous Windows Mobile powered TouchFLO3D. And we think he likes it:

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The Competition: BlackBerry Storm 2 -- Do Over?

BlackBerry Storm2, RIM's second bite at Apple's multi-touch, black slab form factor, is just about ready for prime time, and as always, our sibling site CrackBerry.com has the complete Storm2 review. Kevin sums it up thusly:

The Storm2 fixes many of the BlackBerry Storm's outstanding issues and makes a ton of incremental improvements, all of which add up to something that feels noticeably better. In a way that never quite applied to the original Storm, the Storm2 could legitimately be called the flagship BlackBerry.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm 2 vs. iPhone Chart, like Cake, is a LIE!

Our good friends over at CrackBerry.com found and posted up this handy chart from Verizon, meant to serve as a point of comparison between the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2 and competitive devices. The problem? Like cake, the CHART IS A LIE!

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Apple Closed Jailbreak Exploit Due to App Piracy?

Did Apple close the 24kpwn exploit in the latest shipments of the iPhone 3GS due to app piracy? MobileCrunch thinks it's certainly a factor:

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