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iTablet Rumor du Jour: Steve's Finally Happy With the Giant iPod touch

Where there's this many iTablet rumors, there just has to be an actual product Steve Jobs is finally happy with and will be unveiling to the world at a special Apple event in early 2010, right?

That's what Apple Insider is reporting. The gist is as follows:

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AT&T iPhone Exclusivity Will End... Eventually

Speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm tech conference, AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, discussed the iPhone and it's exclusivity with AT&T.

"There will be a day when you are not exclusive with the iPhone."

Nothing was discussed regarding any negotiations that may be taking place at this time between the two companies but be assured that AT&T will do everything and anything in it's power to keep Apple's device under lock and key for as long as it possibly can.

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Yeahbuwhy?! - Palm Spoofs Apple USB Vendor ID, Files Complaint Against Apple for Misuse of USB Vendor ID

Dieter did some digging over at PreCentral.net and goes through how Palm re-hacked the iTunes sync. It looks pretty much like what we figured. Palm is spoofing the Apple USB Vendor ID so as to present as an iPod. This is one step deeper than last time, where they still ID'd themselves as a Pre. In a further display of chutzpah, while violating the prohibition against misuse of USB vendor IDs themselves, Palm has filed a complaint against "another company" (we're guessing Apple) for improper use of same.

So let's follow the logic here. Palm is seemingly objecting to Apple using the USB vendor ID to filter out non-Apple devices. Palm doesn't feel that filtering is in keeping with the openness of the USB standard.

What's the alternative, however? For Apple to maintain control over their own software by putting an authentication chip in every iPod/iPhone that handshakes with iTunes before syncing? Or to agree to freely license iTunes interoperability to every device maker on the planet?

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The Competition: Palm webOS 1.1 Goes Live, Updates Over-the-Air

While the re-hacking of iTunes sync hogged a lot of attention yesterday, the bigger story is Palm updating the Pre to webOS 1.1.

And what were the major updates?

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iPhone 3GS Hardware Encryption "Useless"?

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos Apologizes to Kindle (and iPhone Kindle App) Users

In reference to last week's news that Amazon pulled copies unlicensed copies of 1984 and Animal Farm off users' Kindles and iPhone Kindle apps, Jeff Bezos proves that sometimes the buck still stops at the top:

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Google Finally Provides Latitude to iPhone Users -- Yeah, it's a WebApp

Google Latitude -- the service that either allows you to keep track of your friends or be stalked by stalking stalker types, depending on your point of view -- is finally available for the iPhone and iPod touch. No, it's not built into Google Maps as part of iPhone 3.1 with push update capability. No, it's not built into Google Mobile app. No, it's not even set up as an iPhone app in and of itself.

Google Latitude is a WebApp and it runs in Mobile Safari using the iPhone 3.0 geoLocation feature.

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AT&T Q2 Financials: Sold 2.4 Million iPhones... but Had to Pay for Them Upfront

Apple's exclusive US iPhone carrier, AT&T has announced their Q2 2009 financials, and when it comes to the iPhone, more is... well, more.

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Update: Apple Store Back Up with New Final Cut Pro, Logic Studio

UPDATE: Apple has released new versions of their pro apps, Final Cut Pro and Logic Studio. Not much for iPhone users, unless you count all the more/better iPhone-friendly movies, music, and other media that'll get made with these tools...

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Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3G is available from The iPhone Blog Store for $14.95. If you are looking for an attractive side pouch at a very affordable price, check out this case! Let’s see how it measure up after the break!

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