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12:40 AM ET, July 16, 2010

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tried To Buy Palm Before HP Won The Bidding War — And RIM Completely Blew The Deal  —  The race to buy Palm earlier this year was fast and hot, with the company's bankers contacting 16 companies about the deal, including five serious potential suitors.  —  HP won the bake-off, acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion in late April.
Bloomberg:
Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls  —  Apple Inc.'s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna could lead to dropped calls, a person familiar with the matter said.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Says Bloomberg iPhone 4 “Antennagate” Report Is “Simply Not True”  —  Apple says that Bloomberg's report from earlier — that Apple's senior antenna expert supposedly warned Steve Jobs that the new iPhone 4's antenna design may “hurt reception” and “lead to dropped calls” — is “simply not true,” the WSJ reports.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The New York Times Algorithm & Why It Needs Government Regulation  —  The New York Times is the number one newspaper web site.  Analysts reckon it ranks first in reach among US opinion leaders.  When the New York Times editorial staff tweaks its supersecret algorithm behind what to cover …
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Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Google Exec Says It's A Good Idea: Open The Index And Speed Up The Internet  —  When I was in Brazil recently, I met with Berthier Ribeiro-Neto, head of engineering at Google Brazil.  During our conversation I mentioned an idea I had about making the Google index into an open database …
Adam Kovacevich / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our op-ed: Regulating what is “best” in search?
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Apple Is Not Expected to Recall Troubled iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Apple prepared to address the mounting controversy surrounding the antenna of the iPhone 4, one thing appeared clear: the company does not plan to recall the popular device.  —  A person with direct knowledge of Apple's plans …
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AppleInsider:
Apple to hold iPhone 4 press conference on Friday
Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.  —  “Google had a strong second quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.  “Solid growth in our core business and very strong growth …
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google earnings: A mixed bag but confidence about future
Discussion: AdAge
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Apple's FaceTime coming to iPod touch, iPad, we detail how  —  One of our reliable Apple connections (not Jason Burford) just let us know some pretty fantastic news.  It's been widely assumed that Apple will start to roll out their FaceTime real-time communication protocol …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Reality Check: Modding the DROID X may not lead to a bricked phone  —  A post by p3Droid on the My Droid World forums claims to shed some light on the rumored locked bootloader of the DROID X. According to the posting, the Droid X ships with an e-fuse chip that locks the bootloader and will brick the phone if the bootloader is modified.
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Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Windows Phone 7: Don't bother with this disaster  —  Microsoft's demos of its great mobile hope shows Windows Phone 7 to be only a tepid knockoff of a 2007-era iPhone  —  There's no kind way to say it: Windows Phone 7 will be a failure.  Announced to much bravado in February as the platform …
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Get Firefox Home on Your iPhone!  —  We are happy to announce that the wait is over.  —  Firefox Home, a free application, is now available for download on your iPhone or iPod Touch.  —  Firefox Home provides access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
MySpace gets a huge update with really slick profile pages.  —  Yes, really.  —  The social media maven that time seems to have forgotten has perhaps just thrown down the gauntlet in the world of social profiles.  To be honest, this is the one place where MySpace always really excelled, and something that Facebook is sorely missing.
Discussion: Mashable
John Cook / TechFlash:
Billionaire Paul Allen to give the majority of his money to charity  —  Billionaire Paul Allen said today that he plans to give away the majority of his money to charity, following in the footsteps of his Microsoft co-founder and celebrated philanthropist Bill Gates.
AppleInsider:
US Sen. Schumer writes letter to Apple CEO over iPhone 4 antenna  —  Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer on Thursday issued an open letter to Steve Jobs regarding the iPhone 4 antenna issues, calling Apple's current solutions “insufficient” and asking the company to provide a free fix for consumers.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple Releases iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G  —  Apple today has released iOS 4.0.1 in a bid to fix the reception issue which has been plaguing iPhone 4 users since its launch last month.  This new update addresses the reception issue which is experienced when the phone is tightly griped in the left hand.
Discussion: MacRumors, Thanks:taimurasad
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues To Help You Figure Out Who Exactly Is Following You  —  It looks like Twitter's notification emails that are sent when you have a new follower are getting a much-needed makeover.  A search on Twitter has confirmed that the new emails are being rolled out to users.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4: Consumer Reports Needs To Get It Together  —  Sometimes I want to buy something like a blender or a car or a washing machine.  And sometimes my wonderful and loving mother (her birthday is coming up) finds out because I accidentally tell her, or my dad does, or she uses that mom ESP thing …
Discussion: Bits, Oddly Together, Gearlog and Gadget Lab
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Cans 1 Vs. 100 for Xbox 360 [Updated]  —  Just as we suspected, Microsoft confirmed today that there will be no third season for their Xbox 360 version of 1 Vs. 100 and that the game won't be returning.  More » … Hello, Ladies...the Old Spice Man Is Back and Smelling Fresher Than Ever
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ze Frank Gets $500,000 To Play Games From Andreessen Horowitz …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
‘Junkware’ comes standard on Verizon, T-Mobile smart phones
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP shutting its Cupertino campuses and moving employees to Palo Alto (internal memo)
Aaron Goldman / MediaPost:
Why Google Me  —  The world may not need another social network.
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Steve Blank:
Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO's and VC's)
Discussion: Lessons Learned, Thanks:atul
Mathieas McNaughton / Tubefilter News:
The Rise and Fall of Bebo: The Video Network That Could Have Been (Part 1)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MySpace acquiring team and assets of social messaging service Threadbox (exclusive)
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD reports record Q2 revenue as it rides PC market recovery
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Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Spotify ‘growing healthily and on track for US launch’
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Ford Sync voice recognition explodes to more than 10,000 commands
Discussion: Engadget, Technologizer, Gizmodo and GigaOM
Agence France Presse:
Tokyo trials digital billboards that scan passers-by
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Begins Testing Bing Powered Results This Month
Discussion: Techie Buzz and MediaPost
Mike Loukides / O'Reilly Radar:
App Inventor and the culture wars
Discussion: Smarterware
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: HP's Android Tablet Tabled
 

 
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

 
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