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6:40 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Steve Jobs demonstrates the apparently incorrect way to hold iPhone 4  —  So, in the face of an obvious design flaw that causes the cell signal to fade when the iPhone 4 is held with the skin of your hand touching the bottom left of the steel band, Steve Jobs and Apple scoff at the notion …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
The $0.001 DIY iPhone 4 Antenna Fix  —  There's a huge media fuss about a potential failing of the iPhone 4's clever antenna design, with folks concerned it spells radio-drop-out call doom for the phone.  We remain to be convinced.  But here's a $0.001 DIY fix anyway.
Spencer Webb / AntennaSys Blog:
Apple iPhone 4 Antennas...  I received a phone call today from PC Magazine.  They were running a story on the new Apple iPhone 4, specifically the reports (PC Mag, Gizmodo, Engadget) that people are experiencing decreased reception on their cell phone when they hold the phone by the metal frame.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
77% of iPhone 4 sales were upgrades  —  Apple has built a recurring revenue stream from a growing base of loyal users  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Piper Jaffray  —  “Mission accomplished,” writes Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster in a report to clients issued early Friday, the day after Apple's (AAPL) biggest product launch ever.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
First day sales: 1.5 million iPhone 4s?  —  According to one analyst, Apple has blown past all previous launch-day records  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Oppenheimer  —  “Guessing launch day iPhone sales,” writes Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner in a note to clients issued Friday …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Don't have any friends?  Call 1-888-FACETIME to test Facetime on the iPhone 4  —  The biggest problem with testing Facetime is the dearth of real, hard-core nerds out there with iPhone 4s.  I've been able to talk to Greg and my buddy Tom, but that's about it.
Jon Oberheide / jon.oberheide.org:
Remote Kill and Install on Google Android  —  In this post, I'll talk about the REMOVE_ASSET and INSTALL_ASSET mechanisms that can be invoked by Google via Android's GTalkService to not only remotely remove applications from an Android device but also remotely install new applications.
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Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Android Also Gives Google Remote App Installation Power
Discussion: CNET News, DailyTech and The Firewall, Thanks:atul
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million  —  When Alex Karp needed funding for a young start up named Palantir in 2005, dozens of investors said “No.”  —  He was trying to sell them on the idea of a high-powered analysis platform that could scan multiple databases simultaneously …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Automattic Buys Up Thing Labs' Plinky To Help Bloggers Overcome Writer's Block  —  WordPress developer Automattic has acquired Plinky from Thing Labs, the creators of social media application Brizzly.  Plinky essentially aims to inspire content creators.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Thomas Goetz / Wired:
Sergey Brin's Search for a Parkinson's Cure  —  Several evenings a week, after a day's work at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, Sergey Brin drives up the road to a local pool.  There, he changes into swim trunks, steps out on a 3-meter springboard, looks at the water below, and dives.
Bryan Jones / Jonesblog:
Apple Retina Display  —  By now it seems that most people on the planet have heard of Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 4 which was released today.  One of the many compelling features of the new phone is the Retina Display.  When Steve Jobs first invoked this term at the WWDC, my eyebrows were raised.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Where Gmail Is Going  —  A Google staff engineer outlines a few of the Web application's next steps.  —  Google staff engineer Adam de Boor gave a keynote this morning at Usenix WebApps '10 in Boston, where he outlined a few of Gmail's next steps.  The webmail application, which launched in 2004 …
Discussion: Download Squad and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Google Isn't Just Reading Your Links, It's Now Running Your Code  —  It's long been observed that Google's search indexer can read JavaScript code, the lingua franca of dynamic Web applications.  But for years it's been unclear whether or not the Googlebot actually understood what it was looking …
Thanks:bcaulfield
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Flash arrives in Google's Chrome browser  —  Google has fulfilled a promise to build Adobe Systems' Flash Player into Chrome, a move that helps keep the beleaguered plug-in relevant despite significant efforts to replace it.  —  Chrome 5.0.376.86, the stable version of Chrome released Thursday for Windows …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Coke sees ‘phenomenal’ result from Twitter ads  —  Coca-Cola saw “phenomenal” results from its first experiment with paid advertising on Twitter, the drinks company's digital marketing chief told the Financial Times.  The US soft drinks company is only the second brand to sponsor a …
Discussion: Mashable!, VentureBeat and MediaMemo, Thanks:tim
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia loses top tech brain  —  Psion legend joins TomTom  —  Exclusive One of Britain's top technologists is leaving Nokia.  Charles Davies, Psion's first employee in 1981, became MD of Psion Computer before leaving to join Symbian as CTO in 2003.  Since Nokia acquired the Symbian staff two years ago …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Uses BitTorrent, and They Love It  —  Large scale web-services such as Facebook need thousands of servers to manage the flow of updates that are sent out by their millions of users.  As a result, keeping all these servers updated with the latest code can be time and resource intensive.
Howard A. Schmidt / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace  —  Cyberspace has become an indispensible component of everyday life for all Americans.  We have all witnessed to how the application and use of this technology has increased exponentially over the years.
Discussion: Computerworld
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook “Search War” With Google Mostly Sound And Fury  —  The people running Facebook are an ambitious crew; they see Facebook as a successor to Google in many respects.  In fact many of the executives used to work at Google, including CTO Bret Taylor, COO Sheryl Sandberg …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: First Teaser For “The Social Network” [VIDEO]  —  Columbia Pictures has just released the very first teaser trailer for its upcoming film, The Social Network.  Like the poster that debuted last week, the teaser is sparse in its detail, but intriguing and provocative at the same time.
Mrinal Desai / AdAge:
Apple Tries to Break Online Advertising in Order to Save It  —  Owning the Product Stack Is a Winning Formula for Apple's Devices.  Can Iit Apply to Advertising?  —  Apple recently released Safari 5.0 with the Reader view which conveniently “removes annoying ads and other visual distractions from online articles.”
Thanks:atul
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Red Hat CEO: VMware Our Biggest Competitor  —  When it comes to enterprise open source software vendor Red Hat, one might assume its biggest competitors to be Oracle, Novell, Microsoft, or even IBM.  —  However, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees virtualization software vendor VMware as …
Discussion: ZDNet and Computerworld
 
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Plastic Logic delays QUE proReader ‘a bit longer,’ cancels pre-orders
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Statistics Update Reveals that More Than One Million Web Sites …
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Mobile Maps Usage Surges; Apps Trump Mobile Browsers
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Gmail Can Now Open All Word Documents in Your Browser
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Frenchman convicted for hacking Obama's Twitter
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