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2:00 AM ET, July 19, 2010


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Jean-Louis Gassee / Monday Note:
Antennagate: If you can't fix it, feature it!  —  ...and don't diss your customer, or the media!  —  Rewind the clock to June 7th 2010.  Steve's on stage at the WWDC in San Francisco.  He's introducing the iPhone 4 and proudly shows off the new external antenna design.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
HTC: Droid Eris complaints nothing compared to iPhone 4  —  EXCLUSIVE: HTC starts its fightback against Apple  —  While HTC?hasn't yet come back with an official comment in respect to Apple's decision to highlight the Droid Eris' performance at its emergency press conference …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
The Taiwanese News Animates the iPhone 4 Antenna Saga (With Very Special Bonus)  —  The same Taiwanese outlet that does those Sims-style animations to better illustrate the news has done it again for Steve Jobs and the iPhone 4 antenna saga.  No spoilers, but there's a very special guest this time.
Discussion: Gawker.TV
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 in-depth preview  —  It's been a long road, hasn't it?  Well, in some respects, it hasn't — in fact, it's only been about two years since development of Windows Phone 7 as we know it today kicked off — but when you consider that this product will be replacing Windows Mobile 6.5, that put things in proper perspective.
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Zune Pass coming to the UK soon
Larry Hardesty / MITnews:
Broadband picture may not be so bleak  —  In March, the Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan, in which it reported that “the actual download speed experienced on broadband connections in American households is approximately 40-50% of the advertised ‘up to’ speed to which they subscribe.”
Discussion: Dr.Dobb's
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
WSJ's Mossberg wants a broadband plan with teeth
Discussion: Slashdot
Washington Post:
A new America through broadband
Discussion: Mobility Site
Om Malik / GigaOM:
OpenStack: An Open Source Cloud Project Emerges  —  Say hello to OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform, which hopes to compete with several proprietary cloud platforms including those being developed by Microsoft and VMware.  RackSpace is spearheading the project and is donating the code …
Malatesta / WMExperts:
All KIN sales being stopped, being sent back tomorrow (July 18th)  —  We already know that Verizon and Microsoft have pulled the plug on the whole KIN series (see our review), the question then becomes what to do about existing supplies?  —  We're getting word, confirmed though two sources …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon's LTE rollout is imminent, computers updated for 4G SIM cards  —  We just got some alleged (but very convincing) internal documents on Verizon's 4G plans, and it's mostly stuff we've already heard — 5-12Mbps down, aircards before smartphones, and plans to roll out in 30 cities in 2010.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In a World of Online News, Burnout Starts Younger  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — In most newsrooms, the joke would have been obvious.  —  It was April Fools' Day last year, and Politico's top two editors sent an e-mail message to their staff advising of a new 5 a.m. start time for all reporters.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Web host shut down 73,000 blogs a mystery  —, a little-known WordPress platform used by more than 70,000 blogs, was shut down by its Web hosting company mroe than a week ago and nobody seems willing to say why or who is responsible.  —  BurstNet, the Web-hosting company …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Pulse2 and TorrentFreak
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Conan O'Brien's Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet  —  Back in January Conan O'Brien was supposed to come to San Francisco for a SF Sketchfest Tribute and Q&A about his career.  And then, he lost his dream job as he said, “s**t really hit the fan” and he had to cancel.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel needs to build its own iPad, iPhone  —  Intel is wasting precious time waiting for its “partners” to build the equivalent of an iPad and iPhone.  —  In the wake of Intel's hiring of a former Palm and Apple executive Mike Bell, Intel should short-circuit the ugly process of watching customers …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Four Business Tips From Apple & Steve Jobs  —  This morning, Apple hosted a press event which included a 45-minute Q&A session with CEO Steve Jobs.  (Watch the video.)  Jobs, who returned from a vacation in Hawaii to host this conference, was pretty open (i.e. he was spinning a little less and was fractionally more candid.)
Esther Dyson / The Huffington Post:
Release 9.0: User-Managed Privacy Tools  —  The NY Times has an interesting piece today by Steve Lohr about Bynamite, a service that lets users manage their own data for themselves.  —  I love this idea... but I have loved it for more than 10 years!  What makes Ginsu Yoon more likely …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:   You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me for It
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