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MobileMe Getting There

Just got a message on my Mac to run Software Update to install MobileMe. My guess is they're turning it on gradually.

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iPhone, MobileMe, Google Apps and Clouds

The glitches with iPhone activation, MobileMe, and Google apps this week bring up some general issues about cloud computing summarized in this CNET article. The article talks about service level agreements (SLAs) and the issues involved in using someone else's computers for your work. In some cases, that is unavoidable--Facebook has to function on the Web, but in other cases such as a cloud-based word processor, the desktop is an alternative.

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iPhone 2.0 and MobileMe

After a bit of delay, MobileMe is up. iPhone 2.0 installs perfectly well on the original iPhone, and provides great new functionality. The App Store is up with an interesting array of apps. Browse Lifestyle to see perhaps the most peculiar collection: bible apps, tip computers, and car maintenance. I think there's a thread there, but I haven't figured it out.The Apple servers are obviously swamped, but they are functioning. MobileMe took a while to be available (and the Web apps were timing out on Safari when last checked).

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iPhone 3G Pricing and Comparison to original iPhone

This page and its linked pages from AT&T provide the greatest details so far about features and pricing, including absolutely crystal-clear comparisons.Towards the bottom of the page, there's a chart that compares the original iPhone to the iPhone 3G. It's a one-page chart (in PDF), and the differences are shown in red.

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AT&T New iPhone Pricing & Availability

The press release provides the definitive AT&T pricing and a link to further info. For a $400 additional fee, you can get the new iPhone without a contract (that is, no long-term commitment, but you still are tied to AT&T--this is not an unlocked phone).For customers who have bought an iPhone before the launch date of July 11, you can upgrade to the new iPhone for the same $199(8GB)/$299(16GB) you would get with a new contract.

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One Small Step at a Time to iPhone Service in Vermont and the North Country (NY)

Yesterday, Verizon and the FCC met to discuss divestiture issues. As devotees of this soap opera may recall, the Department of Justice required Verizon to divest itself of certain cell licenses in order to complete its purchase of Rural Cellular/Unicel. (From the 6/11 letter: "Verizon Wireless has agreed to divest certain cellular licenses and related network assets and subscribers in six markets: Burlington, VT MSA; New York RSA 2 – Franklin; Vermont RSA 1- Franklin; Vermont RSA 2 – Addison; Washington RSA 2 –Okanogan; and Washington RSA 3 – Ferry.

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