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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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple: iPhone 4 reception problem is a software issue, fix coming in ‘a few weeks’  —  Whoa, Apple just admitted that there's an issue with the iPhone 4's reception, but it might not be what you think: … What's troubling is that this doesn't explain calls dropping and data degradation …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Found Footage: iPhone 4 takes to the skies  —  If you're afraid of heights, do not watch this video.  A few guys in Los Angeles convinced a friend to loan them his new iPhone 4 for a risky little experiment: A balloon-powered flight into the air, tethered by kite string, with the video camera recording the whole time.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Face Detection To Photos  —  This afternoon Facebook saw the first improvement to its photo application thanks to its recent acquisition of Divvyshot: the addition of face detection to photos.  Now when you upload photos to various areas of the site, including the homepage …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Best Buy Trying To Fire Employee Over Those Hilarious EVO Versus iPhone Videos  —  By now it seems like just about everyone has seen the iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO video (and the rebuttal video).  The video portrays an electronics store employee trying to convince a person looking for an iPhone 4 to buy an HTC EVO 4G instead.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Taking off with ITA  —  Today, almost half of all airline tickets are sold online.  But for many people, finding the right flight at the best price is a frustrating experience; pricing and availability change constantly, and even a simple two city itinerary involves literally thousands of different options.
Lee Pender / Redmond Mag:
What Does Microsoft Know About You?  —  We take a look at all the various sources of data Microsoft collects from customers, how it stores and uses that data, and how its use of it stacks up against Google and other competitors.  —  Just about every software vendor or Web service collects information about its users.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell on the Nichicon Capacitor Issue  —  Some of you may have been reading about faulty capacitors in some of our older OptiPlex desktops.  Before I get into more details, I want to make some points clear:  — This is an issue we addressed with customers some years ago.
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
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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