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Newswatch 3.7.08: iPhone, iPhone, iPhone

Apple promotes iPhone for biz

[Ars] The iPhone will offer full Exchange support, thanks to licenses from Microsoft. The iPhone will also get enterprise-friendly security features, including remote wipe, support for Cisco IPsec VPN, certificates, identities, and WPA2/802.11x support. "Enterprise customers will be pretty excited," says Schiller.

iPhone strategy promotes, stifles innovation

[WaPo] One big unknown is where Apple will draw the line on which apps they'll allow and which they won't. So far, they've stated outright that pornography and illegal apps will not be tolerated (natch). But beyond that, Apple appears to fostering innovation, encouraging developers to stretch their collective imaginations--right down to allowing developers to offer free apps as well as for-pay apps.

Pentagon bans Google

[ZDNet] The Pentagon is not feeling too friendly towards Google these days. The brass got pretty pissed off when the discovered that Google Maps Street View had some up close and personal images of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. “It actually shows where all the guards are. It shows how the barriers go up and down. It shows how to get in and out of buildings,” said Gen. Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command.

MSFT: The little engine that could?

[InfoWeek] "We're in the game, and we're the little engine that could, just working away, working away, working away," Ballmer told interviewer and former Apple employee and evangelist Guy Kawasaki. "In online, yeah, it'sGoogle (NSDQ: GOOG), Google, Google. I'd say we're the underdog." That's a far cry from as recently as last year, when Ballmer called Google "cute" and a "one trick pony."

Sprint Nextel on the block?

[NYT] Merrill Lynch analysts are suggesting that Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile, may consider acquiring Sprint to block a price war in the mobile phone industry, the Kansas City Star reported. Merrill said that the wireless carrier’s woes may force it to cut prices to attract customers. “In such a price war scenario, we think T-Mobile would face the most pressure, and Deutsche Telekom would see the increased urgency to drive market repair,” the firm’s analysts said in a report cited by The Star.

Negroponte needs a CEO

[BizWeek] Negroponte is looking for help in piloting OLPC. During an interview with BusinessWeek, he revealed publicly for the first time that he's searching for a chief executive while he continues in the role of chairman. He says the organization has been operating "almost like a terrorist group, doing almost impossible things" for three years. Now, he says, it needs to be managed "more like Microsoft."