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ExtraBITS for 05-Oct-09

Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS Holds iPhone in Impossible Positions — The popular Gorillapod, a Gumby-legged camera tripod designed to grip poles, handles, and other oddly shaped objects, now comes in a model designed for the iPhone. The $39.95 Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS enables you to affix your iPhone to a solid object for better still photography and video, or just for tying your iPhone onto something like a baby stroller handle. (Posted 2009-10-02)

Amazon Agrees to Conditions on Kindle Book Deletions — Amazon has settled a lawsuit over its “1984” Kindle book deletion with a student who lost his notes. In the process, Amazon spells out the very few (seemingly legitimate) circumstances in which the company will, in the future, remotely delete books. A court must still approve. (Posted 2009-10-02)

iSinglePayer App Rejected for Being “Politically Charged” — Actually, it’s worse than that. According to the developer, the iSinglePayer iPhone app was rejected from the App Store not just because it was “politically charged,” but because it comes from a lone developer rather than a large organization. Apple shouldn’t be taking sides in political debates, and certainly shouldn’t be biasing rejection decisions based on the size of the group behind an app. (Posted 2009-09-29)

Car-Sharing Firm ZipCar Releases iPhone App — ZipCar has released a much-anticipated iPhone app that works directly with the car-sharing firm’s reservation system. ZipCar lets members rent cars by the hour, locating cars all over cities in which the firm operates. The iPhone app combines location with immediacy to make it even easier to get a car when and where you need it. The app also locks and unlocks the car and can remotely honk its horn, so you can find it. (Posted 2009-09-29)

“Out in the Wind” Web Artwork — Web artist Rafael Rozendaal considers his sites to be his artworks. In “Out in the Wind,” watch as your cursor slowly blows away in the virtual breeze. But don’t worry, since once your cursor has been reduced to nothingness, simply moving it out of your browser’s window restores it. A poetic meditation on the nature of our digitized existence, or a just a nifty bit of code? You decide. (Posted 2009-09-28)

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