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7:25 PM ET, July 12, 2010


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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Lab tests: Why Consumer Reports can't recommend the iPhone 4  —  Lab test: Apple iPhone 4 design defect confirmed  —  It's official.  Consumer Reports' engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Consumer Reports Says iPhone 4 Has Design Flaw  —  Updated Added link to earlier Consumer Reports blog post and comments from Michael Gikas, senior editor of electronics at Consumer Reports.  3:14 p.m. Added request for comment from AT&T and Apple.  —  Consumer Reports said in a blog post …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Blocks, Threatens To Sue Fring (Update: Skype Says Fring Is Lying)  —  Late last week, mobile communication services provider fring released an updated iPhone app that enabled iPhone 4 owners to engage in unrestricted 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G internet with other iPhone, Android or Symbian devices.
Robert Miller / The Big Blog:
Fring's mis-use of Skype software was damaging to our brand and reputation  —  An hour or so ago, Fring reported on their blog that we had blocked their access to Skype.  I want to make one thing absolutely clear: this is untrue.  —  Fring was using Skype software in a way it wasn't designed to be used …
Tom / fring:
Skype Cowardly Blocks fring  —  For 4 years we have led mobile communication innovation, most recently with video calling on any advanced Smartphone and network.  —  Now that fring expanded capacity to support the huge demand for video calling for all users, Skype has blocked us from doing so.
Mark Friedman / The Official Google Blog:
App Inventor for Android  —  App Inventor is a new tool in Google Labs that makes it easy for anyone—programmers and non-programmers, professionals and students—to create mobile applications for Android-powered devices.  And today, we're extending invitations to the general public.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google's Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software  —  Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.  —  The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.
Sharon Machlis / Computerworld:
Google's App Inventor for Android is a game-changer
Discussion: and Computerworld
Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry 6: Another Sneak Peek  —  In the almost ten years I've worked at Research In Motion (RIM), I've never been as excited about a BlackBerry® software launch as I am for BlackBerry 6, which is on track for release this summer.  I'm absolutely in love with the BlackBerry 6 experience …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Ballmer: Windows 7 slates are coming this year  —  Microsoft isn't going to sit idly by and let slates from Apple and various Android backers run away with this market.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the 14,000 partners during his July 12 keynote at the Worldwide Partner Conference …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Techmeme Offers Tech News at Internet Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — News lovers in Washington can't live without Mike Allen at Politico.  Hollywood squabbles over the relative merits of Sharon Waxman's TheWrap versus Nikki Finke's Deadline.  The newspaper industry reads the news collected by Jim Romenesko.
Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Shortages of Phone Hindering Sprint 4G  —  Sprint Nextel Corp.'s big bet on its super-fast 4G network is running into stronger-than-expected head winds, Chief Executive Dan Hesse said in an interview.  —  Sprint is still the only U.S. carrier with a 4G network, which offers users faster speeds for data and video.
Niraj Sheth / Digits:   Draining Power on the Evo 4G? Sprint Suggests Another Battery
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
AT&T CTO: ‘We will move heaven and Earth’ to improve our network  —  AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan described his vision for a future where more and more data is flowing through mobile networks.  He made the comments at VentureBeat's MobileBeat 2010 conference today in San Francisco.
Discussion: Electronista and Digital Trends
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Open mobile still on the way, AT&T's CTO says
Discussion: IntoMobile
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
WPC: ‘We missed a generation with Windows Mobile,’ Ballmer says  —  Ah, Microsoft's mobile operating system.  These days, the phrase is almost an oxymoron — like “Microsoft Works.”  Sure, companies like HTC have been able to finagle Windows Mobile into something attractive by layering their own UIs on top …
Discussion: Electronista and Bob Caswell
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft releases WP7 tools beta; preview phones coming next week
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Waging war on Wordpress: Posterous prepares the switch  —  Blogger, Wordpress and Typepad ruled the blogging roost for years, but a combination of Twitter, social networking and the rise of lite blogging have been eating away at long-form blog platforms.  —  Twitter has played a significant role …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Casualties Of War: OfferPal Downsizes As Facebook Chooses Competitor  —  Facebook is steadily converting partners like Zynga away from their home grown payment product to Facebook Credits.  And to date there's just one alternative for users who want to complete offers like getting …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's new Windows Azure ‘appliance’ to be tested by eBay  —  Microsoft is looking spread the reach of its fledgling Windows Azure cloud-computing initiative with the announcement of a “platform appliance” that its industry partners and large customers will be able to use to run …
Tom Warren /
Windows 7 SP1 public beta released  —  Microsoft announced on Monday that the first Windows 7 Service Pack 1 public beta is now available.  —  Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, Corporate Vice President of Windows & Windows Live - Tami Reller announced the public beta.
Alex Heaton / The Windows Blog:
Windows Intune Second Public Beta Available Today  —  Hi, I'm Alex Heaton, Group Product Manager for Windows Intune at Microsoft.  Today, I'm happy to share some news about Windows Intune, which is our forthcoming solution for PC management and security.  Windows Intune brings together …
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
You Are Not Your Phone  —  Is there anything the typifies the sybaritic complacency of the American consumer than feeling personally slighted when somebody criticizes your phone?  Put away your slings and arrows, mailroom pundits, and remember these f**kers work for us.  —  Heard the one about Gizmodo and Apple?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
After Some Flashy Investing, Is Andreessen Horowitz's Next Move a Big New Fund?  —  Since it launched almost exactly a year ago with a $300 million fund, the venture firm of Andreessen Horowitz has cut a rather high-profile path through the Silicon Valley investing community.
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