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Anti-drug war video

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The Drug Policy Alliance produced this funny fake TV commercial for a prescription called Incarcerex, meant for politicians who are fearful of losing their election. Link (Thanks, Mike!)

posted by Mark Frauenfelder on June 28, 2007, 03:38 PM permalink | blogs' comments

 

The Passion of the Jesusphone: iPhone short links roundup


 

  • Steve Jobs hosted a companywide town hall meeting for Apple employees
    earlier today, all about iPhone. Word is: Full-time Apple employees who've been there a year or more will receive one of the devices, free. This adds up to a total retail value of more than $12 million. Gizmodo: Link. Engadget's posts: one, two.

     

  • Apple will limit day-of-release purchases to two iPhones per person, max: Link.

     

  • How many mobile phone consumers will switch from their current carriers to AT&T because of iPhone? Link, and here's a "HOWTO dump your carrier" guide.

     

  • What about international markets? Snip from the relevant Apple press release:
    iPhone will be available in (...) Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008.
  • Here are the 13 AT&T Store iPhone Objection-Response scripts: Link.

     

  • Apple published the AT&T rate plans earlier this week, here: Link.

     

  • One of the more commonly voiced skeptical points, pre-launch -- how usable can this thing be as a txting device without a conventional, opposable-thumbs-friendly keyboard? Apple posted what amounts to a response yesterday: Link to "iPhone Keyboard" video.

     

  • Macintouch has a good features FAQ here: Link. SFGate published a pretty comprehensive FAQ here: Link.

     

  • Reviews from people who have spent time with the iPhone: Pogue (NYT), Mossberg (WSJ), Levy (Newsweek), Ed Baig (USA Today). I found this clever scorecard helpful: Link.

     

  • This PC World article lists 11 bummer factors: Link.

     

  • On the Apple website, official word that accessories and products certified as iPhone-compliant will carry a "Works with iPhone" logo: Link. More on the accessories market here, and a critical take here.

     

  • iPhone and security: A big deal. Not a big deal. Big deal or not a big deal?

     

  • Some people are taking Brian (Gizmodo) Lam's "Jesusphone" thing too seriously: Link versus Link.

     

  • Here's a Google Maps mashup that combines the Maps API with locations of AT&T and Apple stores, as well as listings on Craigslist and eBay. Link for more info on how to use it. (Thanks, Mike)

     

  • (Xeni): I'll be joining CNN International anchor Kristie LuStout at 5:40pm PT/840PM ET today (Thu., June 28) to talk about the you-know-what for a few minutes.

    Previously on BoingBoing:

  • Apple uses big-handed model to "shrink" iPhone
  • Dude in line for iPhone to raise money for AIDS drugs in Africa
  • Further ponderance of the iPhone's size
  • Eric Mueller video blogs from the NYC iPhone line
  • Nintendo Sixty Fouuuuuur versus iPhooooone (video)

    Reader comment: Tom Stevens says,

    Link to a news article in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus.

    Apple's new iPhone is NOT available for sale in Vermont due to the fact that AT&T is the sole wireless provider for the phone and AT&T is not offered in the state.

    Small Dog Electronics in Waitsfield is a Vermont Apple product dealer, and CEO Don Mayer said this week he is disappointed the iPhone will not be available here.

    "I think it's very unfortunate that Apple has chosen to limit distribution of the iPhone," he said. "They've frozen out Vermont as the only state in the union without service. I understand why — that they will have their hands full with what they already have, but it leaves us and people in many other rural areas out in the cold."

    Other areas affected in this area include parts of New Hampshire and Maine...


    posted by Xeni Jardin on June 28, 2007, 02:24 PM permalink | blogs' comments

     

    CA court rules T-Mobile contract terms unconscionable

    BoingBoing reader Stephen Lindholm says,
    Good news for T-Mobile customers. In a class action brought against T-Mobile, this past week, the plaintiffs have successfully argued that T-Mobile cannot prevent its customers from filing a class action against it. The plaintiffs are suing over non-prorated early termination fees and the selling of SIM-locked handsets.

    T-Mobile, as many other cell phone companies do these days, had written into its contract with customers that any disputes between T-Mobile and the customers had to be resolved by arbitration. Requiring customers to go to arbitration means that customers cannot sue, and more importantly it means that customers cannot file class actions. The result, if the contractual terms requiring arbitration were valid, would be that the most abusive cell phone company practices could not be limited by customers bringing lawsuits.

    However, in the suit Gatton et al. v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., the plaintiffs convinced the trial court that the contractual provision requiring arbitration was unconscionable and therefore not enforceable. On June 22, 2007, the California appeals court affirmed the trial court's ruling. The class action is going forward.

    Presumably, this means that customers of other cell phone companies will be able to sue their own cell phone companies as well. The particular grievances against T-Mobile in this class action are the imposition of non-prorated early termination fees and the selling of SIM-locked handsets. Both of these are common to other cellular carriers, although it's not clear from the appellate opinion whether T-Mobile is doing something extra-shady with the SIM-locking. (The appellate opinion states, "T-Mobile requires equipment vendors to alter the handsets they sell to T-Mobile by locking them with SIM locks and setting the SIM unlock code based on a secret algorithm provided by T-Mobile.") So if this suit is ultimately successful in California, it may not take long before non-prorated early termination fees and SIM-locked handsets die a long-awaited death.

    PDF Link.

    posted by Xeni Jardin

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