Application-less copy and paste finally hits the iPhone via Pastebud, a Safari javascript hack page. And there's nothing Apple can do about it -- well, except to update Safari to block the service.  (Source: Pastebud)
Apple is making the iPhone easier to activate and a third party is trying to make up for another important shortcoming of the phone

Are you a couch potato looking to score America's best selling phone?  Apple and AT&T now have you covered. 

With the release of the 3G iPhone, a noticeable change was the at-home activation being mostly dropped (though still available in some circumstances).  Now Apple has quietly announced the full return of the feature, allowing users to order and activate all from the comfort of their favorite sitting spot in their home.

Be warned, though -- if you're looking to get an iPhone for $199 through online ordering and then activate it and be on your way to unlocking, you will be in for an unpleasant surprise.  Apple requires billing information for the activation process, and should you choose to fail to go with AT&T you will be hit with a big early termination fee.

Still the addition of home activation is good news for some potential buyers.

More good news for iPhone users has also arrived.  Clever programmers have come up with an iPhone copy and paste hack that is free and doesn't need an app store application to run.  It uses javascript and bookmarks to enable copy and paste in Safari.  A bookmark is used to prepare a page with text you want to copy.  You then merely highlight the text you want.

The application, named Pastebud, then allows you to create a message with the text copied into it, or lets you copy it into a text field in a separate Safari window.  The service should work for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

Jed Schmidt, creator of Pastebud, has nearly finished testing of the application and is "putting the finishing touches on the web site before launch".

While Apple may not like that the page gives users access to this simple feature it has long denied them, there is little it can do about the development.  Since the item is not an application, but merely a webpage, it is entirely legal.  It should work, once the page goes up – that is until the next update of Safari blocks it at least.

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