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The 19.7MB 2.0 Pwnage tool is availble now. iPhone Dev promises a more official announcement later on, but for now we have the tool a little early. Merry Christmas to us.

It jailbreaks and unlocks iPhones + iPod Touches, but it can only jailbreak 3G. Bugs are still being worked out for a 3G unlock, but we can expect it in the future.

There are a couple of things to be aware of. First of all, the Pwnage tool doesn’t show Windows users any love. It wouldn’t be the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last. As far as a Windows release, I dont’ know if/when there will be one.

Secondly, yes, you can brick your iPhone if you don’t know what you’re doing. The risk is there as always and I’ve already personally seen my share of commenters today preaching the details of their woe and desperately asking for help. Be warned.

Other than that, enjoy the release. [iPhone Dev Blog]

For whatever the reason, AT&T’s site breifly announced that iPhone users would now be able to utilize free Wi-Fi.

“AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and free Wi-Fi even hotter, which is why we are proud to offer iPhone customers free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi hot-spot network with more than 17,000 hot spots, including Starbucks. Now users can relax and access music, e-mail, and Web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their favorite location.”

Of course, shortly after several bloggers had time to announce the news, AT&T took down the notice. The really amusing part is, this is actually the second time this has happened. And not only the second time, but the second time in the last six months. Bravo.

“We have not made any announcement regarding free Wi-Fi and iPhone,” said Wes Warnock, AT&T spokesperson. “The Web page was posted in error and is being removed.”

Right. Yes, we gathered that it was an error. Still, when asked why this false information had been published twice, he had no comment. I can’t beat them up too much, but at the same time, you just have to imagine AT&T sitting there going, “Man, can you BELIEVE they fell for that old trick TWICE?”

Sore-nosed users are no doubt starting to get the idea that there is not, in fact, any stain on their shirts; and by “stain” I mean “free Wi-Fi”, by “shirts” I mean “mobile devices”. Time to stop looking down. [CNET]

LG’s “Bikini” touchscreen phone has officially hit Korea, boasting some attractive but familiar features.

In essence, the Bikini [appropriately modeled by lovely ladies in their skivvies] is reminiscent of the legendary iPhone in that it has replaced physical navigation buttons with virtual ones. However, unlike the iPhone, LG’s mobile has not completely made the leap; it still utilizes a slider form and dial pad.

Nonetheless, the Bikini makes a worthy attempt at accommodating the increasingly large number of functions of which a cellphone is capable. InteractPad, as the virtual-button-feature is being called, is said to be more accurate, simplistic, and flexible than typical navigation systems. Fluidity and ease should come naturally when these virtual keys’ functions change depending on what it is you’re trying to do.

Aside from the phone’s major attraction, InteractPad, several other components help to create a practical, if not extravagant, device for use. It comes loaded with an MP3 player, FM radio, video recorder, Bluetooth, and 3 mega-pixel camera. Buyers have two color options; wine red and black.

Now, I’m only left with one question: Why is it called the ‘Bikini’ ?  [Aving USA]