iTunes will take a hit

The Associated Press reports that a California federal judge has given the go-ahead to a monopoly class action lawsuit, against both Apple and AT&T, over several aspects of the iPhone. The suit claims that Apple, in making AT&T its exclusive partner, drove up prices and stifled competition in the smartphone market. The suit seeks to, “keep Apple from selling locked iPhones in the U.S. and from determining what iPhone programs people can install.” Naturally, the suit also seeks “damages to cover legal fees and other costs.”

Apple has yet to release in an official statement in regards to the suit, but did say that it had not hurt competition. Unlocked iPhones and the ability to install applications from third party sources sounds pretty good to me, however I know iTunes is going to take a huge hit in sales if this eventually went through.

You can more here. Apple has sold over 50 million iPhones since they first came around in 2007 – I’m glad I never had one back then, they’re much sweeter now! You know, outside of reception issues..

T.O. where do you go?

I was momentarily jazzed about the idea of both Terrell Owens (T.O.) and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson on the same team. The two largest loudmouths (albeit, Ochocinco is quite hilarious) in the league catching passes for the top AFC-North team. However, the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t sign him.

And then there was the idea of him going to the Washington Redskins, to hook up with his former, newly acquired, quarterback Donovan McNabb. However a team with one of the worst records last year wasn’t interested, either.

Terrell Owens remains a free agent. And the six-time Pro Bowl receiver is showing his frustration at being out of work.

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iPhone 4 cannot be recommended

Consumer Reports said Monday it cannot recommend the iPhone 4 after testing confirmed “there is a problem with its reception.”

The highly regarded publication said its engineers tested three iPhone 4s, and found that complaints by others about the phone’s reception are valid. Apple, contacted for comment, has not yet responded.

“When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side —an easy thing, especially for lefties — the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal,” Consumer Reports said. “Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.”

There is, the magazine noted, an “affordable solution for suffering iPhone 4 users. Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material. It may not be pretty, but it works. We also expect that using a case would remedy the problem. We’ll test a few cases this week and report back.”

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