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So in 2007 if Apple Slapped a Logo on an HTC Excalibur, Would That Have Been "the iPhone"?

Maybe it's me; maybe it's a fanboy thing; maybe it's my desire to impose more text on screen about this, but when I read people calling an HTC HD2/Dragon/Passion device absent HTC branding "THE Google Phone" (now officially caught on camera, see above), I can't help but think that if we go back to 2007 and Steve Jobs had taken the stage at Macworld and pulled out an HTC Excalibur with Apple branding on it, even if it had an Apple OS, it wouldn't have been "THE iPhone" and it certainly isn't what Apple did or what we as consumers got.

"This changes everything" say many blogs. Certainly, for Google's Android partners, competing against the Google brand, and bank, and engineering team changes a lot. And if they sell it unlocked (assuming they put a radio in it that can support all 4 US carriers, including both AT&T and T-Mobile 3G, and Verizon and Sprint EVDO) it will change things for the carriers, and for users who are accustomed to paying subsidized prices.

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UPDATED: The Competition: Google Phone Commeth? (Not Really)

Google has issued a statement on the supposed "Google Phone":

We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.

Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.

And TechCrunch is back again with a roundup of the details: think Google branded HTC HD2-style slab form factor, 1Ghz Snapdragon CPU, unlocked, virtual keyboard with voice-to-text dictation/transcription, likely T-Mo and maybe AT&T.

Finally, Daring Fireball has the supposed user agent string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1; en-us; Nexus One Build/ERD56C) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17

Nexus One perhaps being a reference to the android-like replicants in Blade Runner aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Nice.

Original commentary after the break...

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Apple Updates App Store -- Less Words, More Screenshots

Apple has begun rolling out an update to the way the iTunes (on Windows or Mac) shows the App Store, including fewer words and more screenshots. Rather than the lengthy app descriptions of old, iTunes now shows only the first two lines, with a "more..." tag that needs to be clicked to reveal the rest (time to tighten up that text, developers!). Instead of one screenshot at a time, iTunes also now shows a series of scrollable screenshots, similar to how the on-device App Store began showing them with iPhone 3.0.

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Updated: AT&T Outage in San Francisco

Some of our readers are reporting trouble with AT&T's network in San Francisco. If you're in the area, let us know how your connection is working. Is it fine (by that we mean as fine as in usual) or are you having trouble? And if it was down but came back up for you, let us know that as well. Location and time for other readers always appreciated.

UPDATE: Engadget</ got a statement from AT&T:

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UPDATED: Apple Countersues Nokia - Patent Pugilism Has Begun!

Remember when Nokia sued Apple for infringement over essential wireless patents? Us neither, but Apple sure does -- in a counter-suit which says Nokia is copying the iPhone interface. Says Bruce Sewell, Apple SVP and General Counsel:

"Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours"

And in the complaint:

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TiPb on APR Marketplace Discussing iPhone and AT&T

American Public Radio's Marketplace was gracious enough to have me on yesterday to discuss AT&T and the iPhone with Stacey Vanek Smith. Segment starts about 4:00 min in. Can AT&T build out their network fast enough to get ahead of iPhone usage and growth? Will they need to start charging for tiered data? Is the end of exclusivity the only answer?

Listen in, and then let us know how (or if) AT&T can handle the iPhone...

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TiPb Give Away: Cellar Digital Wine Showcase for iPhone

Cellar [$2.99 - iTunes link], the raise-a-glass gorgeous way to keep track of your wine collection on an iPhone or iPod touch, has submitted version 2.0 to the App Store. We've been taste-testing it for a few days, and -- well, more on that in another post. To celebrate the immanent arrival, however, Airsource Ltd and Glasshouse Apps are teaming with TiPb to give away 10 FREE COPIES of the current version.

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iTunes Connect Now Supports Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Swedish Language Localizations

Apple's new iPhone Developer RSS Feed brings world that iTunes Connect now supports Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Swedish language localizations:

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