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UPDATED: Amazon Remote Wipes Kindle Copies of 1984, Animal Farm -- Redefines Irony

UPDATE: Engadget heard from Drew Herdener, Amazon.com's Director of Communications:

These books were added to our catalog using our self-service platform by a third-party who did not have the rights to the books. When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers' devices, and refunded customers. We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers' devices in these circumstances.

Good on them for coming clean and changing the policy going forward. Though it would have been nice to have the candor and insight up-front

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Friday Fun Video: ZGrip iPhone Stability System

Note: We know Vimeo isn't iPhone friendly. We wish it were. Help us all by writing your favorite video sites and content producers encouraging them to use iPhone friendly formats for videos about iPhones.

Cali Lewis tweets:

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Developer: Serious Doubts About App Store, Does Apple Care?

Macro.org, from the developer behind Tumblr and Instapaper, has a post up highlighting the latest App Store controversy -- that all web-embedded apps must be rated 17+ and now don't get Promo Codes -- and comes to this conclusion:

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Friday Fun Video: Portal Played on iPhone

Is this a triumph? Portal running on an iPhone? Not really, according to Gizmodo:

The video says the demo was made using the Unity Engine, which means they took some Portal assets and made a small demo with them. They didn't take the full game and squish it onto the iPhone; what you see is probably the entire thing. There's no way the Source Engine is running on the 3G. Maybe the 3GS, but not the 3G.

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No Promo Codes for Apps Rated 17+ -- Including Browsers?!

TUAW reveals that since Promo Codes don't show ratings information, Apple is simply excluding any app that's rated 17+ from the Promo Code system , including any app that embeds a web browser or 3rd party content system which may provide a gateway to a naughty word, the Kama Sutra, or offensive lyrics.

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WWDC 2009 iPhone Developer Sessions Now Available from Apple

Apple has let iPhone, iPod touch (and Mac) developers know that World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2009) Sessions are now available for purchase via developer.apple.com:

Watch Apple engineers deliver in-depth technical information on the technologies that power iPhone OS and Mac OS X from the Worldwide Developers Conference 2009.

In addition to the session videos, you’ll also receive access to the presentation slides and sample code so you can make the most out of each session.

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iPhone 3.0: Location Aware Google Search via Safari

Google Blogs (via Gizmodo) has announced that the long-rumored Geo-Location based services in Mobile Safari are indeed included in iPhone 3.0 and being put to use in "My Location" searches by Google.com on the iPhone.

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The Competition: Palm Releases webOS Mojo SDK to Pre Developers

Kudos to Palm for getting a webOS SDK out to Pre developers so quickly, and for the sheer genius of making web 2.0 standards like CSS, HTML, and Javascript, ubiquitous all, the major toolset.

There's a long road ahead to catch up with the iPhone's 56,000 apps, 100,000 registered developers, and 1.5 billion downloads, but that road would have been infinitely has Palm gone with more complicated development model.

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TiPb Give Away: iPhone 3G Made Simple Book

iPhone 3G Made Simple comes by way of Martin Trautschold and Gary Mazo of Made Simple book and e-book fame -- likely familiar names to any of our CrackBerry.com friends -- have put their training talents to work on the iPhone 3G and the result? 376 pages chock full of photos and easy to understand guides.

It's available now in e-book (PDF) for $20 and is coming in August in good old printed form (soft cover). For TiPb readers, however, Martin and Gary are giving away 5 free copies of the e-book!

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Microsoft Stores to Open Up "Right Next Door to Apple"?

Either Microsoft thinks it's still April 1, or they really are going to open Microsoft Stores right next door to Apple Stores. Gizmodo provides the quote:

And stay tuned, because we're going to have some retail stores opened up that are opened up right next door to Apple stores this fall. Stay tuned, just stay tuned.

Tuned to what, Comedy Central? We've made fun of this before -- and rightly so -- but it seems Microsoft is again entering a business just because Apple or Google are in it. And is that really sound strategy in anything outside a Hollywood parody? (Starring Will Farrel, 'natch).

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