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Newswatch 7.11.07: iPhone madness

Lightning strikes reported by iPod users

[AP] AP - Listen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums and a broken jaw when lightning traveled through his music player's wires.

iPhoneDevCamp yields cool new apps

[AP] With a game called "Tilt," players rotate the phone to control a creature who likes to eat falling leaves and butterflies. In "Pool," the display turns into a blue lake that creates ripples when you touch it, and if another member signed into the pool community on another iPhone touches the same spot at the same time, you will catch a fish. Another, "iPhoneVote," sets up a real-time polling program where users cast a "yea" or a "nay" by turning the phone up or sideways.

Morgan analysts fight it out over Nano iPhone

[Reuters] Asked about the conflicting reports, Brian Marchiony, a U.S. spokesman for JPMorgan, said Shope "holds JPMorgan's official view of Apple's stock." Chang declined comment.

Ask to build eco-friendly datacenter in WA

[SearchBlog] It's cool that the center is zero carbon emissions. I pinged Ask CEO Jim Lanzone and asked what he thought was significant about this new data center. In short, he said it's a sign of growth, of a willingness to make big investments, and a sign of preparations for new things to come.

Whole Foods CEO used chatrooms to dis Wild Oats

[Reuters] The chief executive of Whole Foods Market Inc. posted messages on a Yahoo! chat forum under an alias for years, talking up his own company while predicting a bleak future for Wild Oats Markets Inc., the rival it has since sought to acquire.

Flash update to fix security holes

[Adobe] An input validation error has been identified in Flash Player and earlier versions that could lead to the potential execution of arbitrary code. This vulnerability could be accessed through content delivered from a remote location via the user’s web browser, email client, or other applications that include or reference the Flash Player. (CVE-2007-3456)

Stupid rumor: MSFT buying Facebook for $6 bill

[Mashable] nalyst Henry Blodget is claiming, without a source, that Microsoft may be considering the purchase of Facebook for $6 billion: “No, of course we can’t confirm it. But it makes sense, don’t you think?…$6 billion’s a nice fat number, but it’s only 1/25th of Google’s valuation, and the Facebook folks clearly think they’re worth more than that. So maybe Steve will have to throw in another $5 or $10. Or $20.”