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2:45 PM ET, July 2, 2010

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Apple:
Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4  —  The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple's history.  It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it.  So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Translation From Apple's Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the ‘Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4’  —  Source: “Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4”. … We cannot believe we had to write this f**king letter. … We cannot believe we're getting s**t for this. … (No translation necessary.)
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone 4 Reception Problem Is Explained by “Incorrect Signal Display”  —  Apple claims that the iPhone 4 reception problem doesn't exist.  They say that the “dramatic drop in [signal] bars” is explained by an erroneous signal display.  However, they don't address the data and voice degradation caused by their antenna design.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Apple Hopes to Re-enter the Living Room  —  Knock, Knock.  Who's there?  Apple TV?  Apple TV who?  —  In September 2006, Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, announced news of the company's latest offering: the Apple TV.  Mr. Jobs had high hopes for his latest creation …
Ten One Design:
Pressure-Sensitive Drawing on iPad  —  The iPad is great for sketching and taking notes, but could it be even better if it was able to respond to pen pressure?  —  We plan to release this capability as a free software library so it can be included in any application.
Sam Odio / Facebook Blog:
Making Facebook Photos Better  —  We're constantly working on making Facebook better, and one area where we've been spending a lot of time is on photos.  —  Coming to Facebook two months ago from Divvyshot (a tiny little photo startup) I was amazed at how much people are using Facebook Photos.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Face Detection To Photos
Zach Epstein / knowyourcell.com:
Google to launch music service alongside Android 3.0 - Q4 2010  —  Google is targeting the holidays for the debut of its much anticipated digital music offering  —  When Google's VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced that the company had acquired music-streaming service Simplify Media …
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ.co.uk:
TV business kisses HDMI goodbye  —  TV business kisses HDMI goodbye Just use a standard network cable instead HDMI's short-lived reign over the TV cable racks could soon be over, thanks to a new usurper that combines several connections into a single, standard network cable.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Lets Google Sell Targeted Ads  —  Apple Inc. doesn't appear to have barred Google Inc. and others from selling targeted ads inside iPhone and iPad applications, after implying several weeks ago that it might do so.  —  Software developers say their new and updated applications …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Get Timely Suggestions on Yahoo! Search  —  We've recently enhanced Yahoo! Search Assist to provide near real-time suggestions as you type your query.  —  You probably already use Yahoo! Search Assist to conduct your searches quickly, but now you can get even fresher suggestions …
Andy Grove / Bloomberg:
How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late  —  Recently an acquaintance at the next table in a Palo Alto, California, restaurant introduced me to his companions: three young venture capitalists from China.  They explained, with visible excitement, that they were touring promising companies in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SmoothSpan Blog
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's cloud service not fully baked  —  A story about how Apple planned to “soon” launch a cloud service featuring music and movies stirred a great deal of speculation on Thursday.  —  The blog Boy Genius Report, citing an anonymous source, wrote that Apple will offer …
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID Incredible to Receive OTA Update Adding 720p and Mobile Hotspot  —  Droid Incredible owners, prepare yourselves to become upgraded.  According to our sources, an OTA update is readying for deployment to the DI which will add some much needed features that were missing during the device's initial launch.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video Of Unreleased Google Voice Desktop App  —  When Google acquired Skype competitor Gizmo5 in November 2009 it wasn't much of a stretch to anticipate a soft phone application for Google Voice to be coming soon.  A few months later we heard that Google was dogfooding Google Voice Desktop internally.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
iPad blasts past Android in usage share  —  According to data collected by web metrics firm Net Applications, the iPad OS has blasted past Android in terms of usage share in three months.  —  The data says it all:  —  Remember, this is usage share, not market share, and since the Android platform …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Swype Revolution?  —  It's tough reviewing an Android phone, as I did in today's column.  You're reviewing not just a phone, but also its cell network and, most hopelessly of all in limited space, a huge and complex operating system.  —  The Droid X is particularly tough to describe concisely.
Discussion: Technologizer and TechFlash
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Remember Diaspora?  The Would-Be Facebook-Killer Is Still Underway For Some Reason  —  Two months ago, four NYU undergrads created a stir in the tech world by raising $200,000 for an open, distributed, and all-around feel-good Facebook alternative called Diaspora.
Discussion: Join Diaspora Blog and TechCrunch
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
What's on Deck for Twitter's Platform: App Promotion and Another Dev Conference  —  UPDATED Three months after Twitter's first developer conference, Twitter's head of platform Ryan Sarver thinks the company's relationship with its ecosystem is back on track.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Expands Platform Ambitions with Bigger Silicon Valley Presence  —  Skype, the Internet voice and video company has ambitions that go beyond simply offering cheap voice.  The company now wants to turn itself into a communication platform that is embedded in various computer applications, consumer electronics and mobile devices.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon loses class action ETF appeal, will pay $21 million settlement  —  A California appeals court has ruled that Verizon Wireless is to pay some 175,000 customers current and former customers $21 million as a settlement in a class action lawsuit over early termination fees.
Discussion: Engadget
Gartner:
Gartner Trims Worldwide IT Spending Growth Forecast to 3.9 Percent for 2010  —  Analysts to Discuss Latest Outlook for the IT Industry During Upcoming Gartner Webinar “IT Spending Forecast, 2Q10 Update: Growth in an Age of Austerity” on July 6  —  Worldwide IT spending is forecast …
Discussion: The Register
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party to Run Pirate Bay from Swedish Parliament  —  When the Swedish Pirate Party announced, back in mid-May, that they were the new ISP of The Pirate Bay, it surprised a lot of people.  With their latest announcement, that they will run The Pirate Bay from inside the Swedish Parliament …
Discussion: Erictric and THINQ.co.uk
Peter Krasilovsky / Local Onliner:
Groupon, McClatchy Team for Daily Deals in 28 Markets  —  Groupon announced today that it will work with McClatchy. the third largest newspaper chain, in 28 McClatchy markets.  The rollout begins this month in Sacramento and Kansas City.  Other McClatchy markets will be added over the next several months …
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia's Anssi Vanjoki is “obsessed” with reclaiming smartphone top spot  —  Nokia's Anssi Vanjoki, new head of Mobile Solutions at the Finnish company, has set out his stall over at the company's official Conversations blog, and he's not setting himself a simple task.
 
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