0xdeadbeef writes: Two weeks ago, MIT artist-in-residence Joe Davis use the Arecibo radio telescope to send a message to three stars in honor of the 35th anniversary of the famous Drake-Sagan transmission to M13 in 1974. It was apparently allowed but not endorsed by the director of the facility, and used a jury-rigged signal source on what will now be known as the "coolest iPhone in the world". The message encoded a DNA sequence, but no word yet on whether it disabled any alien shields. You can get the low-down on Centauri Dreams: Part 1, Part 2.
0xdeadbeef writes: DRM-busting hero "DVD Jon" Johansen created a product called doubleTwist that allows iTunes to work with many music players. His company scored a prime advertising space in front of the San Fransisco Apple Store, just in time for WWDC. But not long after it went up, it was torn down by a BART employee, and now BART keeps giving them the run-around as to why it was taken down and why a new one can't go up. Or, as Jon says, 'Apple's WWDC conference ends on Friday. It's pretty obvious what's going on here... I'm sure our ad will conveniently be back up after WWDC ends.'
A New York Times story from this week says that an iPhone version of Opera failed to make it past Apple's gatekeeper, "[Founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner] said that Opera's engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won't let the company release it because it competes with Apple's own Safari browser," the Times wrote.
0xdeadbeef writes: BlackBerryCool got a tip that not only was AT&T removing GPS functionality from their version of the BlackBerry 8820, they're doing it so it won't show up the iPhone. While carriers crippling phones to stop them from competing with pay-per-use services is nothing new, this might be the first time they've done it to make their other products seem less diminished.