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Is A Closed iPhone Doomed To Fail?

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The blogosphere devoured news of the iPhone and now comes the inevitable indigestion. Among the various gripes about price, carrier exclusivity, a non-removable battery, lack of 3G support, and the inability to download or sync wirelessly, to name a few, it is the iPhone's closed system that may be the device's most controversial feature or flaw, depending on your perspective.

The Apple iPhone will not allow users to install their own software. It is a closed system, or so it appears at this point. Apple declined to elaborate on whether third-party developers might be able to petition Apple to get their software onto the iPhone. That means users will be unable to do things like install Skype for cheaper calling.

Venture capitalist and blogger Paul Kedrosky sees this as the kiss of death.

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Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Name

Cisco Systems on Wednesday filed suit in U.S. District Court to prevent Apple from "infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco's registered iPhone trademark." Although Apple claims the suit is without merit and its iPhone is significantly different from Cisco's, news of the suit dampened investor enthusiasm on Thursday.

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