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2:25 PM ET, July 13, 2010

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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
PR Experts: iPhone 4 Hardware Recall Is “Inevitable” … Apple will be forced to recall the iPhone 4 following Consumer Reports tests proving the “Death Grip” antenna issue is not software related, but a hardware flaw, PR experts say.  —  “Apple will be forced to do a recall of this product …
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TJ Luoma / TUAW:
Apple drops Consumer Reports/iPhone 4 discussion threads down memory hole  —  If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article ‘not recommending’ the iPhone 4, it's not there any more.  Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread.
Carolina Madrid / Reuters:
Apple shares slide after critical iPhone 4 review  —  (Reuters) - Shares of Apple Inc slid more than 3 percent on Tuesday after a poor review for its iPhone 4 from an influential consumer guide underpinned mounting complaints about the hot-selling device's antenna and reception.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Consumer Reports: By the Way, the iPhone 4 is Also the Best Smartphone on the Market  —  Well, this is ironic.  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4, the smartphone that Consumer Reports says it can't recommend, is also the one ranked highest in its latest ratings.  The device scored 76 out of 100 points …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Microsoft Launches Outlook Facebook Integration [Exclusive]  —  Microsoft has integrated Facebook and Windows Live Messenger into Outlook, bringing the newsfeeds of millions of Facebook users into inboxes across the world.  —  Last year, Microsoft launched Outlook Social Connector …
Brandon Watson / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released  —  First things first: go get the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta.  It has arrived!  —  The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished.  Well, that's what we mean anyway.  This Beta release represents …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone Live to offer remote wipe, location, and sync for your Windows Phone 7 device  —  See, Android owners don't ever lose their phones, so that's why they don't need this capability... right?  Right?  Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that RIM would be delivering …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
June ComScore Search Numbers Out: Google Share Down, Bing And Yahoo Up  —  ComScore's June U.S. search data is out.  —  Once again, Yahoo and Microsoft gained share at Google's expense because of contextual search tricks on the sites that turn users' click-by-click browsing into extra search queries.
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Paid-search spending on the rise
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Rumors about OLED iPad resurface  —  Apple reportedly plans to launch its second-generation iPad, using 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels, as soon as in the fourth quarter of 2010 with Compal Electronics having a chance to receive the orders, according to sources from component makers.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Brings Picnik to Picasa Web Albums  —  In March, Google acquiredthe online photo editing service Picnik and today, the company is integrating Picnik with Picasa Web Albums, Google's online photo sharing service.  Picnik, which allows users to perform basic photo editing functions …
Discussion: Technologizer, CNET News and TechCrunch, Thanks:fredericl
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Windows 7-based HP Slate referenced at WPC 2010, Ballmer says ‘hardcore’ tablet push coming  —  Is this the answer to the question we posed back in mid-June?  Maybe.  While we're still unsure if Hewlett-Packard has a webOS-based tablet in its pipeline, those on-again / off-again Windows 7 rumors may finally be nearing an end.
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Video, Q&A with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on policy, cloud computing …
Discussion: ZDNet
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Man Claims Ownership of Facebook  —  A New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order restricting the transfer of Facebook Inc.'s assets, following a suit by a New York man who claims to own an 84% stake in the social-networking company.  —  Paul D. Ceglia filed a suit in the Supreme Court …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
AdMob CEO: Apple not enforcing ad restrictions  —  Despite putting a scare into AdMob and its customers with its new policies on third-party ad networks, Apple has not yet enforced those policies, AdMob's CEO confirmed Tuesday.  —  Omar Hamoui, founder and CEO of Google's AdMob division …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
InMobi Gets $8 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Sherpalo Ventures  —  InMobi, the largest mobile ad network that hasn't been acquired, has raised another $8 million in funding.  The round was led by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures and brings their total raised capital to $15.6 million.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Reddit Convinced Roughly 6,000 Users To Subscribe So Far  —  Late last week, news recommendation service reddit started soliciting users to donate i.e. subscribe to reddit gold in order to allow the Condé Nast-owned company to hire more people and buy more servers.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint considering a move towards LTE while T-Mobile merger rumors re-emerge  —  Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse sat down with the Financial Times and re-confirmed the wireless provider's option to pursue LTE if and when the time is right.  According to Hesse, Sprint and Clearwire are in the enviable position …
Benjamin Du Chaffaut / European Public Policy Blog:
French Supreme Court rules for Google in trademark cases  —  The French Supreme Court this afternoon ruled in Google's favour in a series of groundbreaking trademark cases.  —  Back in March, Europe's highest court ruled that Google had not infringed trade mark law by allowing advertisers …
Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020  —  With 74% of business PCs running XP, the move is more proof that it's the OS that won't die  —  Computerworld - Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Looking For A Few Good iPad Users... To Study  —  Companies do all kinds of studies all the time for all sorts of reasons.  Seeing as the iPad is currently one of the hottest devices on the market, it should be no surprise that companies want to know about how users are using it.
Discussion: GeekSmack and GottaBeMobile
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Newsweek's Excellent Tumblr Editor Is Leaving For ... Tumblr!  —  Newsweek is still shedding staffers.  —  Mark Coatney, an online editor who's gained recognition recently for building up the magazine's Tumblr blog, announced today on his own Tumblr blog that he's leaving Newsweek to go and work for, well, Tumblr!
 
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