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12:15 PM 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:
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.
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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 …
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 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”.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook “Search War” With Google Mostly Sound And Fury
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.
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
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Flash arrives in Google's Chrome browser  —  Google has fulfilled a promise to build Adobe Systems' Flash Player into Chrome, a move that helps keep the beleaguered plug-in relevant despite significant efforts to replace it.  —  Chrome 5.0.376.86, the stable version of Chrome released Thursday …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola's Droid X up for pre-order today at Best Buy: $200, no pesky mail-in rebates  —  Sweatin' those iPhone 4 reception issues?  Got a thing for beastlier phones?  Still perturbed that your white iPhone 4 pre-order didn't exactly “work out” as expected?
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Softpedia News and Podcasting News
Will Brockman / Google Book Search Blog:
Google releases 500 scans of Ancient Greek and Latin texts for research  —  As an undergraduate I dabbled in Classics, and I remember being surprised by the term hapax legomenon (παξ λεγμε νον).  That's “written once” — a word that occurs in only one place in the written record.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Don't have any friends?  Call 1-888-FACETIME to test Facetime on the iPhone 4  —  The biggest problem with testing Facetime is the dearth of real, hard-core nerds out there with iPhone 4s.  I've been able to talk to Greg and my buddy Tom, but that's about it.
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.
 
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Where Gmail Is Going  —  A Google staff engineer outlines a few …
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Thanks:atul
Tom McNichol / Business Week:
Adobe Battles the Flash-Bashing
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Police Your Own Damn Copyrights
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