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Monday, August 10, 2009, 12:10 pm PT (03:10 pm ET)

Briefly: Offender Locator returns; 8GB iPhone 3GS sighting denied

The controversial iPhone application that allows users to locate nearby sex offenders has returned to the App Store, and more evidence of an 8GB iPhone 3GS surfaced only to be revealed as a mistake.

Offender Locator back in App Store

After it was removed last week for legal reasons, the iPhone application Offender Locator has returned to the App Store with appropriate modifications to make it acceptable. The new version of the software does not include California sex offender data, as it is illegal in the state for anyone to profit from the distribution of such publicly available information.

Originally released in June, the software from ThinAir Wireless has regularly existed among the top 10 paid App Store offerings. But because of the legal complications in California, it was banished last week. This weekend, the $0.99 application returned, and immediately reclaimed its place among the top 10.

The software allows users to see nearby registered offenders based on the phone's current location or by manually entering an address. The program then pulled up a map with pinpoints for each nearby offender. The locations were each selectable, giving users access to the person's picture, a physical description, and information on what crime they were convicted of.

Another reference to 8GB iPhone 3GS, denied

Numerous outlets have reported more evidence of an 8GB iPhone 3GS based on information on the Web site for Canadian wireless carrier Rogers, but it has since been disputed by the company.

In a note to Gizmodo, Rogers confirmed that the listing for an 8GB iPhone 3GS was a "formatting error."

However, last week it was alleged that an internal document from Rogers stated that the company is "aiming to reduce" the inventory of the 8GB iPhone 3G, in anticipation of the replacement iPhone 3GS model.

At WWDC in June, when Apple unveiled the new iPhone 3GS, the handset maker dropped the price of the 8GB iPhone 3G to $99. The 16GB iPhone 3GS sells for $199 while the 32GB model retails for $299.