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1:55 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 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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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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors and TUAW
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.
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.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Where Gmail Is Going  —  A Google staff engineer outlines a few of the Web application's next steps.  —  Google staff engineer Adam de Boor gave a keynote this morning at Usenix WebApps '10 in Boston, where he outlined a few of Gmail's next steps.  The webmail application, which launched in 2004 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Gmail Blog, Thanks:atul
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Android Also Gives Google Remote App Installation Power  —  The remote-wipe capability that Google recently invoked to remove a harmless application from some Android phones isn't the only remote control feature that the company built into its mobile OS.  It turns out that Android also includes …
Discussion: eWeek and ZDNet, Thanks:atul
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Flips “Kill Switch,” Deletes And Downplays Botnet Demo Android Apps
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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 …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Coke sees ‘phenomenal’ result from Twitter ads  —  Coca-Cola saw “phenomenal” results from its first experiment with paid advertising on Twitter, the drinks company's digital marketing chief told the Financial Times.  The US soft drinks company is only the second brand to sponsor a …
Discussion: MediaMemo, VentureBeat and Mashable!, Thanks:tim
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?
Jacquelyn Krones / Search Blog:
The News About Bing News  —  Search data indicates that people expect search engines to stay up-to-date on news: 60% of our customers use a search engine to get the details about a news story and 40% say their search engine is their “most important” resource for this key task.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Bryan Jones / Jonesblog:
Apple Retina Display
Zeeshan Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan to monitor Google, others for blasphemy
Rafael Mesquita / Associated Press:
Frenchman convicted for hacking Obama's Twitter
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Register
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Discussion: The Seattle Times and WebProNews
New York Times:
Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech
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Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
Visa's payclick takes on PayPal for micropayments
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla: Our browser will not run native code
Discussion: Softpedia News and Podcasting News
BBC:
Mystery surrounds ‘horse-boy’ on Google Street View
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Chicago is Not the Next Silicon Valley, But at These Prices, What a Shame
Adam L. / Fast Company:
Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love
Discussion: GMSV and Off On A Tangent