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4:10 AM ET, July 15, 2010

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to hold special iPhone 4 press conference on Friday  —  Apple on Wednesday invited select press to a special press conference to be held this Friday in California.  —  Apple would only say that the press conference would be regarding the iPhone 4.  No other information was available when I spoke with them tonight.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft exec mocks iPhone 4, dubs it Apple's Vista  —  Consumer Reports urges Apple to provide free cases to all iPhone 4 owners  —  Computerworld - A top Microsoft executive today compared Apple's iPhone 4 to his own company's problem-plagued Vista operating system.
Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Apple's Bumper case alleviates the iPhone 4 signal-loss problem  —  Apple's Bumper, a frame-like cover sold by the company to add a “dash of style” to the iPhone 4, has been flagged by some bloggers and consumers as a possible fix for the phone's signal-loss problem.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Video: David Letterman's Top 10 Signs You've Purchased A Bad iPhone 4  —  Okay, the iPhone 4 death grip fiasco has official hit a new level now that it's a late night punch line.  There's no turning back after both Letterman here in the states and Top Gear across the pond have both done bits on it.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:   As long as reviewing is a race, death grips will always go unnoticed
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Every week Apple doesn't act on iPhone 4 antenna could cost $200M
Arn / MacRumors:
iOS 4.1 Beta Includes Apple's Announced Signal Bar Changes, New Modem Firmware  —  The new iOS 4.1 beta that was just released today to developers appears to include the signal bar changes that Apple had previously described: … The new signal bars appear slightly taller than the previous ones …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Nope, iOS 4.1 doesn't fix the iPhone 4's death grip antenna issue.  —  And now, to answer the question that's on everyone's mind: Does the just released iOS 4.1 update fix the iPhone 4's death grip issue — or at least appear to?  —  No, no it does not.  At least in our testing of iOS 4.1 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made  —  How do you take the social web by storm in a day, winning over even the coldest of hearts and gaining international acclaim - with commercials?  —  A team of creatives, tech geeks, marketers and writers gathered in an undisclosed location in Portland …
New York Times:
With Google as Partner, Verizon May Not Need iPhone  —  It is a question that the nation's early adopters keep hearing from friends: when is the iPhone coming to Verizon?  —  The combination of the biggest cellphone carrier in the United States and Apple's smash-hit phone would certainly be a powerful one.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Trouble at Twitter Inc.  —  Running Twitter Inc. sounds like any entrepreneur's dream: Cash flows freely.  The press is smitten.  Celebrity users abound.  But CEO and co-founder Evan Williams is said to be on the verge of being ousted from his microblogging paradise.  —  These should be Williams' glory days.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Founders Take Home $4.6 Million From Series B Round  —  The SEC filing for Foursquare's $20 million Series B round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, just hit the wire.  —  From the filing, we learn:  — The total offering is actually $19,999,996.  (The other $4 must have gone to Starbucks.)
Matt Graves / Twitter Blog:
@earlybird: Ready to Fly  —  Businesses already use Twitter as a great way to connect people with special promotions.  People already use Twitter to find and share deals on their favorite products & services.  —  Last week, we unveiled @earlybird, a new account that brings those worlds together …
Emily Price / PC World:
Verizon Says No Droid X Shortage Thursday  —  Good news for those salivating for the Droid X; Verizon says there will be no shortage for the much anticipated phone.  Launch day for Motorola's Droid X is Thursday, and despite long delays for the HTC Droid Incredible, Verizon insists retail shoppers …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Washington Post acquires iCurrent, a personal news aggregator (exclusive)  —  The Washington Post Company has acquired iCurrent, an online tool that allows users to collect news automatically according to their interest.  The purchase price was not disclosed, and while not a big deal, it was likely north of $5 million.
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
DigiTimes:
Acer to offer 7-, 10-inch tablet PCs in 4Q10  —  Acer will launch a 7-inch and a 10-inch tablet PC in the fourth quarter, both based on the ARM architecture and Android, according to sources from notebook players.  Acer is talking with mobile telecom carriers for cooperation to market the two models, the sources added.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Asus breaks into PC makers' Top 5  —  The maker of the tiny Eee PC Netbook has joined the giants of computing.  —  For the second quarter of 2010, Asus shipped 4.3 million PCs, good enough for 5.3 percent of the worldwide market, according to IDC.  The Taiwanese manufacturer's PC shipments …
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Register
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Launches Channelroulette and Localroulette  —  Chatroulette introduced a number of new features this week, including local channels dubbed Localroulette that allow users to connect to other participants in the same country or region.  Another feature dubbed Channelroulette …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Omnicom Will Funnel Hundreds Of Millions Of Display Dollars Through Google  —  Although Omnicom, the world's largest ad holding company, already spends many millions of dollars worth of display ads through Google (NSDQ: GOOG), a new agreement between the two guarantees that the amount will grow significantly higher.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Multiple Accounts Sign in  —  Google tests a feature that allows you to sign in to multiple Google accounts in the same browser.  Multiple sign-in only works for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Code, but it's likely that other Google services …
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) …
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Even US Intellectual Property Organization Concerned About ACTA …
Discussion: Public Knowledge
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