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Newswatch 1.25.08: Is Apple missing some iPhones?

Is Apple missing some iPhones?

[PCW] Apple claims slightly over 3.7 million iPhones were sold in 2007 -- yet AT&T this week revealed it ended the year with "just at or sightly under two million iPhone customers." That two million has been boosted somewhat by an estimated 300,000-400,000 sales in Europe, analysts believe.

FCC studies AT&T purchase of Aloha

[Reuters] The head of the Federal Communications Commission is pressing for the agency to quickly approve plans by AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to purchase $2.5 billion worth of wireless airwaves from a privately held partnership, sources said on Friday.

All I want for, uh ... Valentine's Day is my XO laptop

[PCW] I feel a twinge of guilt each time I get annoyed over all this. The most important XO laptop I paid for was the one that was meant for some child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda, and if it indeed got there in a timely fashion, I'm happy. But if Matthew's experience and mine are any experience, OLPC's fulfillment house lost the addresses of at least some of the people who made donations through PayPal.

Sony signs on for custom DVD sales

[Register] Customers will be able to order certain Sony DVDs through retailers, who can in turn order only the quantity they need rather than bulk purchasing ahead of time, as is the usual way. Sony says it can release more relatively obscure media, without requiring retailers to make a larger investment in niche titles with limited demand.

GOOG combats domain name scams

[AP] Over the next few weeks, Google will start looking for names that are repeatedly registered and dropped within a five-day grace period for full refunds. Google's AdSense program would exclude those names so no one can generate advertising revenue from claiming them temporarily, a practice known as domain name tasting.

Manhunt 2 again banned in Britain

[DMW] The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) first ruled that the game could not be sold in the country; Rockstar then won an appeal of that ruling before the BBFC's Video Appeals Committee. The High Court said the Video Appeals Committee made an "error of law" when interpreting the definition of "harm" too narrowly, and must now reconsider its decision.

Gates' 'creative capitalism' proposal causes a stir

[News.com] the notion that businesses themselves are responsible, at least in part, for solving poverty has gained increased attention at this year's forum, according to reports coming out of the Swiss ski resort town.

Israeli startups to visit SV

[GigaOm] Early next month, 15 web startups from Israel will spend a week touring Silicon Valley, meeting with investors, strategic partners, customers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The startups, among them PLYMedia, which overlays web video with additional meta data, will present to the industry on Wed., Feb 6, at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus.