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4:00 AM ET, June 26, 2010

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Did Disguising the iPhone 4 Mask a Temperamental Antenna?  —  Did Apple know before this week that there is a right way and a wrong way to hold the iPhone 4?  —  The incorrect left-handed way, which even Steve Jobs has been known to use, apparently can cause “attenuation” …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Death Grip hysteria may end Monday with iOS 4.01  —  Reception issues observed by new iPhone 4 owners, derided as the “Death Grip” by bloggers, appears to actually be a software issue that an iOS update is expected to resolve early next week.  —  Identifying the problem
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 …
Discussion: Geek.com, Electronista and ZDNet
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Going, Going, Almost Gone: Foursquare Poised to Get New VC Funding, After Being “One Inch” From Sale to Facebook  —  According to numerous sources close to the situation, Foursquare is in the final stages of striking a funding deal with the very venture firm-Andreessen Horowitz-that had publicly dissed …
Discussion: VentureBeat and CloudAve
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Expands Offices — Wonder How They're Paying For It?
Discussion: The Next Web
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Google Isn't Just Reading Your Links, It's Now Running Your Code  —  It's long been observed that Google's search indexer can read JavaScript code, the lingua franca of dynamic Web applications.  But for years it's been unclear whether or not the Googlebot actually understood what it was looking …
Thanks:bcaulfield
Jennifer Lawinski / CNNMoney.com:
Where old iPhones go to die  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — In the wake of Thursday's iPhone 4 launch frenzy lies as trail of unloved, no-longer-needed iPhones cast off by owners trading up for the shiny new model.  —  Analysts estimate that as many as 1.5 million iPhone 4s were sold on the first day …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
First day sales: 1.5 million iPhone 4s?
Heather Kelly / Macworld:
iPhone 4 camera beats the smartphone competition  —  Camera quality is a competitive area for the current crop of smartphones.  With each new device, the gap between phones that happen to have cameras, and actual point-and-shoot cameras, shrinks.  —  To accurately see how good the iPhone 4's 5-megapixel …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: First Teaser For “The Social Network” [VIDEO]  —  Columbia Pictures has just released the very first teaser trailer for its upcoming film, The Social Network.  Like the poster that debuted last week, the teaser is sparse in its detail, but intriguing and provocative at the same time.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Traditional Media Is Having A Field Day On Tumblr  —  Tumblr, the innovative blogging platform created by young web entrepreneur David Karp in 2007, had a bit of a media moment on the afternoon of Thursday, June 24.  —  Around 1 p.m., we reported that The New York Times had recently created a Tumblr …
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?
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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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Plastic Logic delays QUE proReader ‘a bit longer,’ cancels pre-orders  —  Not good news for those looking for a different e-reader.  Back in April, Plastic Logic told those who pre-ordered its QUE proReader that they'd have to wait until June 24 — after already having been delayed to April.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million  —  When Alex Karp needed funding for a young start up named Palantir in 2005, dozens of investors said “No.”  —  He was trying to sell them on the idea of a high-powered analysis platform that could scan multiple databases simultaneously …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Automattic Buys Up Thing Labs' Plinky To Help Bloggers Overcome Writer's Block  —  WordPress developer Automattic has acquired Plinky from Thing Labs, the creators of social media application Brizzly.  Plinky essentially aims to inspire content creators.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Daily Start-Up: Carried Interest Tax Dies (For Now)  —  This morning's roundup of the latest venture capital news and analysis across the Web:  —  Senate Democratic leaders gave up trying to push through a spending bill that would have taxed much of the carried interest earned by VCs …
Bertrand / Erictric:
Sprint to Update HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.2, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero Left Behind  —  HTC EVO will be updated to Android 2.2; Samsung Moment & HTC Hero will not.  Future devices launching w/ 2.1 will be also be updated to 2.2.less than a minute ago via CoTweet Sprint  —  sprint
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.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
IPhone Gyroscope To Rev Up Location Apps  —  Developers say the iPhone's new gyroscope will boost navigation and augmented reality applications.  —  For developers who work with location data, the iPhone 4's most exciting feature is one of its most hidden: the gyroscope.
Howard A. Schmidt / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace  —  Cyberspace has become an indispensible component of everyday life for all Americans.  We have all witnessed to how the application and use of this technology has increased exponentially over the years.
Discussion: Pulse2 and PC World
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Red Hat CEO: VMware Our Biggest Competitor  —  When it comes to enterprise open source software vendor Red Hat, one might assume its biggest competitors to be Oracle, Novell, Microsoft, or even IBM.  —  However, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees virtualization software vendor VMware as …
Discussion: ZDNet and PC World
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: Mashable!, VentureBeat and MediaMemo, Thanks:tim
 
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
Palm shareholders approve HP takeover plans
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Government sites to track behavior, target content
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Statistics Update Reveals that More Than One Million Web Sites …
Jonathan Allen / Search Engine Watch:
Mobile Maps Usage Surges; Apps Trump Mobile Browsers
Discussion: comScore, Inc. and CNET News
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia loses top tech brain
Erica Ho / Lifehacker:
Gmail Can Now Open All Word Documents in Your Browser
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 Earlier Items: 
Mrinal Desai / AdAge:
Apple Tries to Break Online Advertising in Order to Save It
Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Uses BitTorrent, and They Love It
Jacquelyn Krones / Search Blog:
The News About Bing News  —  Search data indicates …
Rafael Mesquita / Associated Press:
Frenchman convicted for hacking Obama's Twitter
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Where Gmail Is Going  —  A Google staff engineer outlines a few …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Download Squad, Thanks:atul
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