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Newswatch 10.3.07: Hacker fight back against Apple

Verizon's iPhone look-alike

[InfoWeek] The Voyager, exclusively offered by Verizon Wireless, has a large external touch-screen that also slides open sideways for a full QWERTY keypad. This gives users a choice on how they access the phone's features, Verizon Wireless said.

Game on as hackers fight iPhone update

[Newfactor.com] Perhaps more important than the bricking of unlocked iPhones is the fact that the firmware update blocked third-party application development. Apple has refused to open the iPhone platform to third-party developers, saying programmers should write Ajax-based applications that users can access through the Safari Web browser.

MSFT updates Zune

[NYT] Microsoft has chosen not to compete on price, matching Apple’s price points for devices of the same size. (That is, flashy players with 4 gigabytes for $149 and 8 gigabytes for $199, and an 80-gigabyte hard drive player for $249.) That’s probably wise in the long run. Microsoft isn’t a brand that should rely on discounting. Microsoft includes a Wi-Fi connection on these models, while Apple charges $100 more for its Wi-Fi enabled iPod Touch series.

Email secrurity for GOOG Apps Premier

[PCW] Google Inc. will add e-mail security, compliance and recovery services to Google Apps Premier edition at no extra charge, boosting an area of this hosted communications and collaboration suite that is key for its adoption by large organizations.

In RIAA case, defense plants seeds of doubt

[Wired] Day No. 2 of the Recording Industry Association of America's copyright infringement case against a 30-year-old woman continued here Wednesday, with the defense peppering jurors with purported reasons to doubt Jammie Thomas' culpability.

Berkeley to put lectures on YouTube

[News.com] Berkeley officials claimed in a statement that the university is the first to make full course lectures available on YouTube. The school said that over 300 hours of videotaped courses will be available at youtube.com/ucberkeley.

Malicious code infects Chinese security site

[Infoworld] At least three pages on the Chinese Internet Security Response Team's (CISRT) Web site are rigged with a malicious "iframe," a hidden window on a Web page that can allow code such as JavaScript to run on a visitor's PC, according to Trend Micro's malware blog.