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11:30 AM ET, July 14, 2010

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acquires online mapping company Poly9 - report  —  Apple has purchased a Web-based mapping company from Quebec, Canada, that creates interactive 3D software for use in a browser, according to a new report.  —  French-Canadian news site cyberpresse.ca reported Wednesday (via Google Translate) …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Analyst: iPhone 4 recall would cost $1.5 billion  —  The iPhone 4's antenna design has been blamed for reception problems.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET)  —  In the wake of Consumer Reports announcing that it would not be recommending the iPhone 4 due to the much-discussed antenna problems …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Every week Apple doesn't act on iPhone 4 antenna could cost $200M  —  A new analysis has found that resolving the much publicized iPhone 4 antenna issues could cost Apple up to $900 million, and each additional week that Apple takes to resolve the issue could add another $200 million as sales increase.
Discussion: Associated Press
Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Why Apple—and not its customers—should fix the iPhone 4  —  In our reporting and a video yesterday, we made the point that the signal drop that iPhone 4 customers have observed when they hold their phones the “wrong” way is real—and we've called on Apple to do something about it.
Markus Mühlbauer / Google LatLong:
Google Maps can now send destinations directly to more than 20 car brands worldwide  —  When we started the “Send-To-Car” service on Google Maps more than three years ago with BMW, only a few car makers offered connected services to their drivers.  The industry has come a long way since then.
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Verizon Wireless Summer device catalog leaked  —  One of our Verizon Wireless connects sent us in a pretty nice document just moments ago... It's Verizon Wireless' summer device catalog, and we have it in its entirety.  What's most surprising is the inclusion of the Motorola Droid 2 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Name Dropping In Search Results — Huge For User Discovery  —  Admit it, 99% of your Twitter searches are for vanity purposes.  You do it, I do it, we all do it.  And such a search revealed a potentially very useful and powerful new feature today.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's New Name Search Isn't For Buying Followers — At Least Not Yet
Discussion: Go Rumors, Thanks:bobcaswell
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple SVP Scott Forstall Just Signed Up For Twitter — But Why?  —  Everyone knows that Apple is an extremely secretive company.  Some would say to a fault.  But it seems to have served them well over the years.  That's why it's not surprising at all to see that none of Apple's key executives use public social networking services.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Ha ha ha ha ha.  RIAA paid its lawyers more than $16,000,000 in 2008 to recover only $391,000!!!  —  The RIAA's “business plan” is even worse than I'd guessed it was.  —  The RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9,364,901 in 2008, Jenner & Block more than $7,000,000, and Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Squarespace Gets $38M to Compete With WordPress and Six Apart  —  Squarespace, a hosted content service that competes with companies such as WordPress (see disclosure below) has closed a $38-million financing round from two leading technology VCs — Accel Partners and Index Ventures …
Minnie Ingersoll / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing our Google Fiber for Communities website  —  In February we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra-high speed broadband networks.  Over the past several months, our team's been hard at work reviewing the nearly 1,100 community responses to our request for information …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Old Spice Man Answers Tweets On YouTube—Ropes In Kevin Rose, Alyssa Milano, And Justine Bateman  —  What if commercials really did talk to you?  What if a familiar spokesperson addressed you by name and responded to your thoughts and feelings.  In what is definitely one of the more creative …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Pays Mobile App Developers to Help It Catch Apple  —  Microsoft Corp. is paying developers to build mobile applications for its Windows Phone 7 system to help it narrow a lead by rival products from Apple Inc. and Google Inc.  —  The company is providing financial incentives ranging …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Reports: alleged 12th Russian spy worked at Microsoft  —  The Russian spy ring scandal is rippling through the Seattle technology community.  News reports indicate an alleged 12th Russian spy, identified as Alexey Karetnikov, worked at Microsoft and lived in Redmond.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's MP3 Store On Hiring Spree, May Be Planning Major Relaunch  —  When it comes to buying music online, there's iTunes, which is ahead by a mile, and then there's everyone else.  According to a recent report published by Billboard, iTunes accounts for 26.7% of US music sales …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook to write “new chapter” of its mobile strategy  —  Facebook is going to go beyond rolling out standalone applications for iPhones, Google Android devices or feature phones and start considering itself a platform for developers to distribute mobile apps with.  —  “Where we're going from here is a platform strategy.
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Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
Facebook: ‘We really see mobile as the future’
Discussion: CIO.com
Kara Swisher / CNET News:
Facebook's Russian investor gets $388 million infusion  —  Naspers, a South African international media group, says one of its subsidiaries is taking a nearly 30 percent stake in Digital Sky Technologies.  —  Russia-based DST has made a splash in Silicon Valley by investing massive gobs …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Tour the Cruz Reader, a $200 Android Tablet  —  The iPad's the best tablet around right now because it's the only tablet around, but you can bet that a whole legion of Android tablets, like Velocity Micro's Cruz Reader, are on their way.  For $200, it looks pretty good.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Windows Live Introducing Centralized Contacts  —  Some interesting news coming out of the Windows Team Blog today.  With the recent Microsoft push into the cloud, it's no wonder we're seeing this, however.  —  According to the blog, you can now access all of your contacts …
Guillermo / Clicker Blog:
How Much Network Programming Was Actually “On Online” This Season?  —  How much network programming was really made available online during the 2009-10 broadcast TV season?  — 90% of shows became available online  — 50% of episodes came online within a day of their original air date
Discussion: USA Today, NewTeeVee and blogs.ft.com, Thanks:oscalito
The Mac Observer:
Apple Responds to Psystar Appeal in Mac Clone Battle  —  News about Psystar's appeal battle against Apple over Mac clones has been thin thanks to the PC maker's move to keep its Opening Brief sealed.  Apple's Answering Brief, however, wasn't sealed and offers some insight into Psystar's tactics.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Reporting with Data: How the New York Times Uses APIs  —  A couple of recent posts give great insight into how the New York Times uses APIs to enhance its news coverage.  It uses its own APIs, both internal and open, to create responsive applications that can explain sports, politics and more.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts  —  As millions of Americans have fallen behind on paying their bills, debt collection law firms have been clogging courtrooms with lawsuits seeking repayment.  —  Few have been as prolific as Cohen & Slamowitz, a Woodbury, N.Y. …
Discussion: Law Blog
 
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Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On The Seed Fund Phenomenon
Discussion: BlindReason, Thanks:atul
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A New Way to Outwit Internet Fraudsters
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Brand Marketing Firm Involver Launches ‘AMP’ Social Media Dashboard
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How your cell phone's autocorrect software works, and why it's getting better.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel has its best quarter ever, brings in $2.9b profit
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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