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Once again, the iPhone stops crime in its tracks; Apple kicks another sneaky camera app to the curb; and it’s time for a game of musical mortality chairs. Get ready to close out 2010 in style with the remainders for Thursday, December 30.

Police arrest burglar spotted with iPhone app (

This time it wasn’t the iPhone’s GPS that helped stop a crime: it was a Webcam app called iCam. A Denver woman was checking in on her dog via the app when she spotted a man rifling her room and stealing her iPad. A suspect was later apprehended by authorities. I note that the dog didn’t appear to scare him off; yet another argument in favor of owning an iPhone over a pet.

Apple pulls Quick Snap camera app from App Store (MacNN)

Yet another camera app that let you snap a picture by clicking the iPhone’s volume button made it into the App Store, but Apple’s now pulled it. After the whole Camera+ debacle, you’d think people would have learned that when it comes to buttons, Apple means business.

A feature iTunes should have (heif)

Twitter: the breeding ground for great ideas. One guy suggests that iTunes should compute, via actuarial tables, how many times you’ll listen to a song before you die, and *bam* an actuary’s on the scene with the nuts and bolts. Frankly, I think this feature is a great idea: maybe we could scare some kids by pointing out how many times they’re likely to listen to Katy Perry before they kick it.

‘Double-click’ patent lawsuit attacks Apple’s iPhone, iPad (AppleInsider)

Another day, another trollicious patent lawsuit. This time it’s San Francisco-based Actify which is suing Apple, HTC, and Nokia over a little patent it likes to call “Double-Clicking a Point-and-Click User Interface Apparatus to Enable a New Interaction with Content represented by an Active Visual Display Element.” For Apple, the suit specifically targets the iPhone and iPad. Man, nobody pays attention to the iPod touch, huh?

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