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Quick WebApp Update: Google Wave Goes Beta

Google's "Email 2.0" service, called Google Wave was announced back at the I/O conference, and has now entered a limited beta (in terms of number of people invited, no telling how long the service itself will be in beta).

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

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Apple Now Own Google Maps Competitor Placebase

Back in July, Apple stealthily acquired Placebase, a mapping company that provides a service similar to Google Maps, but with more robust customizations and set of APIs for layering data sets over map data.

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Quick App: Stickam Live Video for iPhone

Stickam Live Video [Free - iTunes link] brings the popular live streaming website's content right to your iPhone or iPod touch... and it even works over 3G!

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Akamai Network Ready to Stream HD to iPhone

Huge internet content backbone Akamai is introducing their new on-demand, streaming HD Network, along with support for... the iPhone. Says Macworld:

Akamai worked with Apple to make HD Network video run on the iPhone using the standard H.264 format. The iPhone 3.0 software upgrade, introduced in June, added support for live video. Content providers can use the HD Network to deliver programs for the iPhone through the Safari Web browser or an application offered on the App Store. The videos can play on the phone’s video player, as YouTube videos do now.

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More iTablet Rumors: Apple Set to Redefine Newspapers, Textbooks, Magazines

Yes, the iTablet rumors just keep on coming, with the latest from Gizmodo being that Apple is in talks with traditional print publishers -- text books, newspapers, and magazines, to redefine their industry they way they have music (and are trying to do with video).

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Apple Genius: AT&T Dropped Call Rate for NYC is 30%

According to a Gizmodo reader who took his iPhone to the Apple Store Genius Bar due to issues with dropped calls, a 30% failure rate in New York City is normal.

Now, we all know AT&T's network crumbles beneath the weight of the iPhone (and suspect any other single network might as well), but it's not often we get numbers to go with it.

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Wednesday Fun Video: 1984 Gets DoubleTwist'ed

DVD Jon, who gained fame and notoriety for cracking DVD and iTunes encryption, has since devoted a lot of his time and energy into DoubleTwist, and iTunes replacement. The above video is, of course, a parody of Apple's anti-IBM "big brother" commercial that aired during the 1984 SuperBowl, this time recasting Apple -- and Steve Jobs -- as "big brother" and intimating they've become what they once mocked. All this by way of promoting the next release of DoubleTwist for Mac, coming Oct. 6.

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Apple.com: iPhone Apps for Everything

Apple.com has gone and souped up their iPhone app promotion page, carrying forward the "Apps for Everything" tag from their latest rough of commercials.

Featured categories include apps for cooks, keeping current, the great outdoors, music, work, students, moms and dads, working out, going out, managing money, traveling, and the fun and games.

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Apps in Need of Rejection: Ones That Steal Your iPhone Number and Call You to Up-sell

So you make an app free, get people to download it, then use it to violate your users' privacy by pulling their telephone number off their iPhone so you can call them and try to annoy them into coughing up money for your paid app.

Yeah, that should be a rejection, if not a banning.

(No, we're not mentioning the name of the app, why give them publicity? Picture)

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O2 UK: We Still Have iPhone... and Palm Pre!

Pop-quiz: You're O2 and you just lost iPhone exclusivity in the UK, and now have to compete with both Orange and Vodafone for users' iPounds. What do you do? Why, tell them you still have the iPhone... and are getting the Palm Pre?!

We’re proud that we’ve been able to offer an exclusive iPhone deal to our 20 million customers for the last two years. We always knew that iPhone exclusivity was for a limited period of time, but our relationship with Apple continues and will be an ongoing success. We have over 1 million iPhone customers and they remain very important to us.

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