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3:20 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.
C.K. Sample III / Sample the Web:
Steve Jobs to Lefties: Hold the iPhone 4 differently or buy a case  —  I received my iPhone 4 today and just as it arrived, I started seeing reports of the new antenna configuration not being so friendly to left-handed users.  Being left-handed myself, I was concerned about this issue …
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7's October release casually mentioned in Microsoft ad presentation
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and MobileCrunch
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft builds a Windows Phone 7 developer platform, but will the coders come?
Discussion: winextra and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:rawmeet
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Google Remotely Removes Android Apps  —  Google disclosed in a blog post on Thursday that it remotely removed two applications from Android phones that ran contrary to the terms of the Android Market.  —  A security researcher built and offered the free applications “for research purposes …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
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Rich Cannings / Android Developers Blog:
Exercising Our Remote Application Removal Feature  —  Every now and then, we remove applications from Android Market due to violations of our Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or Content Policy.  In cases where users may have installed a malicious application that poses a threat …
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.
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”.
Discussion: Beyond Search and The Next Web
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.
Alexander Macgillivray / Twitter Blog:
FTC Announcement  —  Early in 2009, when Twitter employed less than 50 people, we faced two different security incidents that impacted a small number of users.  Put simply, we were the victim of an attack and user accounts were improperly accessed.  There were 45 accounts accessed …
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Federal Trade Commission:
Twitter Settles Charges that it Failed to Protect Consumers' Personal Information;
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.
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews:
RIM Sales Miss Expectations On Disappointing Shipments; Plans Buyback  —  Research In Motion, the makers of the Blackberry, reported first quarter sales today that missed analyst expectations, amid evidence that the increased competition in the smartphone sector was taking its toll.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Facebook snags White House economic advisor Levine as global policy head  —  Facebook said Thursday that it is expanding its global policy team and poached from the White House, hiring as its new vice president of global public policy, Marne Levine, chief of staff of the National Economic Council.
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
iPhone 4: queues everywhere, selling out  —  iPhone-mania this morning as queues form across the US for Apple's must-have product, even as shops across the UK, France, Germany and Japan have already sold out following huge demand.  —  Video above: The queue outside Apple's flagship Regent Street, London store this morning.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Might Sell 1 Million IPhones in New Model's Debut
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Invincible Apple: 10 Lessons From the Coolest Company Anywhere  —  On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, just after 2:30 p.m., the unthinkable happened: Apple became the largest company in the tech universe, and, after ExxonMobil, the second largest in the nation.  For months, its market capitalization …
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love  —  Neuroeconomist Paul Zak has discovered, for the first time, that social networking triggers the release of the generosity-trust chemical in our brains.  And that should be a wake-up call for every company.  —  The essence of affection.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Continues Shopping Spree; Acquires Social Gaming Startup Hive7  —  Fresh off a $33 million funding round, Playdom is making its fifth acquisition of the year today.  The gaming giant is buying social gaming startup Hive7.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
Visa's payclick takes on PayPal for micropayments  —  Credit card giant Visa has entered the micropayment processing space with payclick, a pre-paid hosted service aimed at teenagers purchasing online line content such as music and games.  —  Like PayPal, payclick is an online money repository …
 
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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Senate panel approves controversial cybersecurity bill
Discussion: eWeek and Maximum PC
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's VP Of Search Consumer Products, Cornett Leaves
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Chicago is Not the Next Silicon Valley, But at These Prices, What a Shame
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Oracle's net jumps 25 pct in first full Sun qtr
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Semantic Web Push: Rich Snippets Usage Growing
Thanks:atul
Tom McNichol / Business Week:
Adobe Battles the Flash-Bashing
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Twitpic Adds Twitter Places
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Police Your Own Damn Copyrights
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon CTO Vogels counters ‘private cloud’ pitch
Esther Dyson / The Moscow Times:
Growing a Silicon Garden
Discussion: Gizmodo and PE Hub Blog
Marco Tabini / PC World:
Tweetie Gets First Update Since Twitter Acquisition
Discussion: Mashable! and MacStories
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 4's yellow spot issue goes away with a bit of time?