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The Competition: Palm webOS 1.2, Android Donut 1.6, BlackBerry 5.0, Windows Mobile 6.5

While TiPb is still waiting for an iPhone 3.1.1 bug-fix update, not to mention iPhone 3.2 betas to start dropping, it looks like the competition is getting their OS on this week:

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iPhone Now Owns 40% of AdMob Network Usage

The iPhone now accounts for 40% of AdMob's mobile network usage, gaining ground against Nokia's Symbian (which fell to 34%), and staying way ahead of any other platform (RIM was third, falling from 10% to 8%).

Clearly, that's HUGE. However, it's important to remember exactly what these measures are, however, and are not. A reminder from AdMob:

AdMob Mobile Metrics report is a reflection of the data flowing through our network each month. The statistics do not represent handset sales or unique devices in the market, rather they represent the relative mobile usage we see from the sites and apps in our network.

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iPhone 3.1-Only Apps Getting iPhone 3GS Jailbreakers Down?

While Jailbreaking iPhone 3.1 on the original iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G has made some strides, there's still no sign of an iPhone 3GS version. What there are signs of, however, are more and more apps taking advantage of iPhone 3.1-only APIs, meaning they can't be run on iPhone 3.0, meaning they're not available to iPhone 3GS Jailbreakers.

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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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