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Newswatch 3.5.08: Ready for iPhone SDK?

MSFT details IE 8, offers beta

[InfoWeek] Internet Explorer 8.0 is a shift from previous versions in that it focuses heavily on complying with Web standards. "The Web gets better when developers can spend less time working through interoperability issues and more time developing," Internet Explorer general manager Dean Hachamovitch said in a keynote address. "Today, differences between browsers simply waste too much developer time."

Bank asks for dismissal in Wikileaks case

[NYT] Lawyers involved in the case said the move by Bank Julius Baer most likely ends its battle against Wikileaks, a Web site that allows people to post documents anonymously “to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations.”

Jobs disses Flash, Adobe burns

[InfoWeek] Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash is not yet good enough for the iPhone, prompting Adobe to respond that the smartphone isn't ready for the Web without its video-playing technology.

Otellini promises growth

[News.com] Intel CEO Paul Otellini sought to reassure major investors Wednesday that the world's largest chip maker is still poised for strong growth into new areas like mobile computers, and can maintain its current lead in PC technology. Intel is investing new products like its Atom processor and attempting to break into these new markets by reminding software developers and device makers that Intel's chips are used to run today's PC-based Internet, and are ideal for allowing tomorrow's mobile devices to access that Internet.

iPhone SDK will promote social software

[ZDNet] There has (sic) been many published rumors suggesting that a number of handpicked companies have been given early access to the SDK so that they can get a head start developing flagship applications for the iPhone - perhaps to be showcased at tomorrow’s event. Intriguingly, MySpace is said to be one of those companies.

iPod crime wave?

[AP] Researchers at a public policy institute iPods are perhaps the main reason U.S. violent crime rose in 2005 and 2006 after declining every year since 1991 _ although a close look at the findings suggests the hypothesis has holes.