Mix: Lobby, Exploding iPhone, Sony, Amazon

Apple spent $120,000 on lobbyists in the first half of 2007, according to a recent disclosure form. The firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP lobbied the federal government on behalf of Apple on issues related to the European Union’s intellectual property policies, according the the form.

An iPhone has exploded following a failed hardware-based unlocking attempt. An image of the damaged phone appears to the right.

Sony has officially decided to close its iTunes competitor, the Connect music store. In addition, it has also decided to drop its proprietary ATRAC file format.

According to a report in the New York Post, Amazon plans to launch its previously-announced DRM-free music service in mid-Spetember.