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3:35 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.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
The $0.001 DIY iPhone 4 Antenna Fix  —  There's a huge media fuss about a potential failing of the iPhone 4's clever antenna design, with folks concerned it spells radio-drop-out call doom for the phone.  We remain to be convinced.  But here's a $0.001 DIY fix anyway.
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Steve Jobs demonstrates the apparently incorrect way to hold iPhone 4  —  So, in the face of an obvious design flaw that causes the cell signal to fade when the iPhone 4 is held with the skin of your hand touching the bottom left of the steel band, Steve Jobs and Apple scoff at the notion …
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
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.
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.
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?
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Uses BitTorrent, and They Love It  —  Large scale web-services such as Facebook need thousands of servers to manage the flow of updates that are sent out by their millions of users.  As a result, keeping all these servers updated with the latest code can be time and resource intensive.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook “Search War” With Google Mostly Sound And Fury  —  The people running Facebook are an ambitious crew; they see Facebook as a successor to Google in many respects.  In fact many of the executives used to work at Google, including CTO Bret Taylor, COO Sheryl Sandberg …
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Mrinal Desai / AdAge:
Apple Tries to Break Online Advertising in Order to Save It  —  Owning the Product Stack Is a Winning Formula for Apple's Devices.  Can Iit Apply to Advertising?  —  Apple recently released Safari 5.0 with the Reader view which conveniently “removes annoying ads and other visual distractions from online articles.”
Thanks:atul
Alex Faaborg:
Why Tabs are on Top in Firefox 4  —  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.  This is a preference that users can change by right clicking on any of their toolbars.  Moving the default tab position is obviously …
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 Engadget, Thanks:atul
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Flips “Kill Switch,” Deletes And Downplays Botnet Demo Android Apps
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, Thanks:atul
Bryan Jones / Jonesblog:
Apple Retina Display  —  By now it seems that most people on the planet have heard of Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 4 which was released today.  One of the many compelling features of the new phone is the Retina Display.  When Steve Jobs first invoked this term at the WWDC, my eyebrows were raised.
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 …
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 for Windows …
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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