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11:20 AM ET, June 25, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way  —  So, we just spoke with Apple and got the straight dirt on the reception issues that have been plaguing users today... and it's a little surprising.  In essence, Apple cops to the fact there are reception issues …
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Spencer Webb / AntennaSys Blog:
Apple iPhone 4 Antennas...  I received a phone call today from PC Magazine.  They were running a story on the new Apple iPhone 4, specifically the reports (PC Mag, Gizmodo, Engadget) that people are experiencing decreased reception on their cell phone when they hold the phone by the metal frame.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
First day sales: 1.5 million iPhone 4s?  —  According to one analyst, Apple has blown past all previous launch-day records  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Oppenheimer  —  “Guessing launch day iPhone sales,” writes Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner in a note to clients issued Friday …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
77% of iPhone 4 sales were upgrades  —  Apple has built a recurring revenue stream from a growing base of loyal users  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Piper Jaffray  —  “Mission accomplished,” writes Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster in a report to clients issued early Friday, the day after Apple's (AAPL) biggest product launch ever.
Bloomberg:
Sony's PlayStation Network Said Close to Deal for Hulu Service  —  Sony Corp. is close to an agreement to carry a paid TV service from Hulu LLC, operator of the second-largest video website, on its PlayStation 3 game console, two people with knowledge of the talks said.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu's Subscription Service Could Come Next Week - For Some of You  —  Some of you may finally get a chance to pay for Hulu.  The video web site is finalizing its plans to launch its subscription service, and people familiar with the company say a beta test of “Hulu Plus” could launch as early as next week.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7 will be an ‘ad-serving machine’  —  Windows Phone 7 apps will be able to send users information, news and offers from their favorite brands, effectively turning Microsoft's next mobile operating system into an “ad-serving machine,” a representative said.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft builds a Windows Phone 7 developer platform, but will the coders come?
Discussion: winextra and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:rawmeet
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Unleashes Open Graph Search Engine, Declares War On Google  —  While there was a lot of speculation about Facebook's search strategy, the company has confirmed with us that “all Open Graph-enabled web pages will show up in search when a user likes them”.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Flips “Kill Switch,” Deletes And Downplays Botnet Demo Android Apps  —  Turns out Google isn't a “Twilight” fan.  At least, not when the film is used to cloak an Android app aimed at demonstrating how easy it would be hijack hundreds or thousands of its users' phones.
Discussion: DailyTech and ReadWriteWeb
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Rich Cannings / Android Developers Blog:
Exercising Our Remote Application Removal Feature
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
How Wi-Fi Drains Your Cell Phone  —  A study finds problems, but also offers software fixes that could help cell phones last significantly longer between charges.  —  Some simple changes to the software running on Wi-Fi access points could significantly extend or even double cell phone battery life.
Alex Faaborg:
Why Tabs are on Top in Firefox 4  —  Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video, but you can still watch the video over at YouTube  —  In the Firefox 4 nightly builds, and in Firefox 4 Beta 1, we are changing the default tab position so that tabs are on top.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Thomas Goetz / Wired:
Sergey Brin's Search for a Parkinson's Cure  —  Several evenings a week, after a day's work at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, Sergey Brin drives up the road to a local pool.  There, he changes into swim trunks, steps out on a 3-meter springboard, looks at the water below, and dives.
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Texas Instruments Blaze Tablet Available This August  —  We've had a lot of things to cover when it comes to Texas Instruments' OMAP4, especially when it has anything to do with that Blaze name.  From our hands-on time with the previously released OMAP Blaze, which happened twice …
David Flynn / APC:
Intel preps ‘Android x86’ for netbooks and slates  —  Intel will ship a fully native x86 version of Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ to developers in the next two months to spur growth of Atom-powered Android netbooks and slates.  —  The highly-anticipated Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ release looks set …
BBC:
Mystery surrounds ‘horse-boy’ on Google Street View  —  The unusual sighting was made in Aberdeen and has proved popular  —  Mystery surrounds a man wearing a horse's head who has been captured on Google's Street View in Aberdeen.  —  The man - who has become known as ‘horse-boy’ - can be seen in the Hardgate area of the city.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bing Tries To Take Over Web Search On Your iPhone By Making It App-Beautiful  —  Bing is on a roll.  Yesterday, it released Bing Entertainment and a new iPhone app.  And today it is following up with an update to its mobile web search at http://m.bing.com.
New York Times:
Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech  —  “Hi, thanks for coming,” the medical assistant says, greeting a mother with her 5-year-old son.  “Are you here for your child or yourself?”  —  The boy, the mother replies.  He has diarrhea.  —  “Oh no, sorry to hear that,” she says, looking down at the boy.
Bloomberg:
Salesforce.com Sues Microsoft Over Cloud Software  —  Salesforce.com Inc. filed a patent- infringement lawsuit today against Microsoft Corp., escalating a fight between the two companies over the growing market for cloud-computing software.  —  Microsoft's products such as .Net platform …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ZDNet
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video Interview: Conde Nast's Bob Sauerberg On Wired For iPad, Take Two  —  Wired sold more than 90,000 downloads of its first stand-alone app at $4.99 but what about the second issue or the third?  Did Conde Nast squander an opportunity to do more with that first wave of interest?
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla: Our browser will not run native code  —  Firefox 4 beta due ‘within days’  —  Velocity Mozilla VP of products Jay Sullivan says that unlike Google, the open source outfit has no intention of bundling Firefox with Adobe Flash —  or with a plug-in that runs native code inside the browser.
Discussion: Podcasting News
 
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
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Discussion: PC World, MarketWatch and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Semantic Web Push: Rich Snippets Usage Growing
Thanks:atul
Tom McNichol / Business Week:
Adobe Battles Flash-Bashing
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Police Your Own Damn Copyrights
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love