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Rumor: One million iPhones: A blog called waitingforiphone.com says that one million iPhones have been activated since June 29. In another related rumor, if Apple can confirm that one million iPhones have been activated, then the Cupertino-based company will soon announce a launch date for the iPhone in the UK, France, and Germany. The rest of Europe and Asia won't see the iPhone until 2008.
iPhone developer guidelines released: Anxious to start writing software for the iPhone? Apple released iPhone developer guidelines on the Apple Developer Connection Web site. Remember, you're making AJAX-based Web apps for Safari on the iPhone, not stand-alone apps. Even iPhone enthusiasts might want to give the guidelines a read. For example, by reading the guidelines, we learned that the iPhone's supported image formats are, GIF, PNG, TIFF, and JPG.
Multi-touch mouse: Apple has filed patents for a multi-touch mouse. The mouse would be round like a hockey puck and you won't be able to tell which direction it's facing ... oh sorry, we got confused. The mouse would use multi-touch technology to ... well, click the link and read for yourself. We couldn't decipher the article, and reading the actual patent just made our eyes glaze over. We blame the hangover from yesterday's barbecue.
Other new Apple patents include a media device with an intelligent cache and a portable media device with improved video acceleration abilities.
UMG doesn't renew with Apple: Universal Music Group is going to an "at-will" model with the iTunes Store, which means that UMG could withdraw its music from the iTunes Store whenever it wants. UMG is demanding flexible pricing, and Apple won't budge. There's a good chance you won't see Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani, Stevie Wonder, and Kanye West (who once performed at an Apple iPod announcement event) on iTunes anymore. Considering that the iTunes Store accounts for 70 percent of online music sold, we bet we'll see UMG give in on this one within the year.