According to Business Insider, both AT&T and Verizon have decided to drop the lawsuits over Verizon's hilarious controversial "Map for That" commercials. AT&T believed the commercials to be misleading, splitting hairs about 2.5G EDGE coverage and 3G HSPA, while Verizon believed the truth hurt (ouch).
No big sales in China, it seems, and no big surprise given the low initial numbers we saw, and the prevalence -- and huge pre-existing install base -- of black and gray-market iPhones (with wifi!) smuggled into the country. And if that sounds apologist'ic, yeah, sorry. But iLounge is reporting:
Taobao.com, the largest Chinese e-commerce web site reports that it has sold only two 8GB iPhones and three 16GB iPhones since it began selling them on Nov 22nd.
So, sky fallen for the iPhone in China? Still fall
Not sure if it's the year winding down, or malaise with alternatives, but a variety of sites have begun once again re-listing the quotes of competing executives who doubted Apple or the iPhone had potential, staying power, or even any chance for success what-so-ever. 3 generations, 40 odd million units, 100,000 applications, and 2 billion downloads later, these revisitations include:
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Where did the Russian Black Market, get 4000 stolen iPhones? If you guessed from that from that Belgium warehouse, where do you think they will end up? you would be 100% correct.
Russia currently does not sell the iPhone and the importing of unlocked phones is a hot commodity. Cult of Mac is reporting that the stolen goods are being sold for cash on the Russian Black Market in lots of 100 at below average prices to cell phone vendors.
Pointy Heads Software's Knocking Live Video [Free -iTunes link] is the first official iPhone app capable of streaming live video over 3G and WiFi connections. But getting it approved for the App Store was no easy task as the app was first rejected. Then Brian Meehan, lead developer, plead his case to Mr. Steve Jobs. According to Ars Technica, Meehan sent a very convincing letter that caught the CEO's attention.
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