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1:55 PM ET, June 26, 2010

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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
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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” …
TechnoBuffalo:
Blackberry Curve 9300 Prototype - Hands On  —  The good folks at Negri Electronics managed to hook us up with an unannounced Blackberry Curve 9300 prototype.  This little guy packs quite a redesigned punch, featuring an optical trackpad, flush control buttons on the front, new media buttons on the top …
Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft by the numbers  —  You probably saw the news this week that we've sold 150 million Windows 7 licenses in 8 months.  That's more than 600,000 per day.  And, perhaps fittingly for a product called Windows 7, it adds up to 7 copies every second of every day since launch.
Chris / cdixon.org:
Competition is overrated … Suppose you have an idea for a startup, and then do some research only to discover there are already similar products on the market.  You become disheartened and wonder if you should abandon your idea.  —  In fact, the existence of competing products is a meaningful signal …
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
White House abolishes decade-old cookies ban  —  As expected, White House officials on Friday rolled back a 10-year-old prohibition on web-tracking devices called cookies, a policy that online experts said prevented agencies from personalizing online services to engage the public.
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 …
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: CloudAve and VentureBeat
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Expands Offices — Wonder How They're Paying For It?
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A New Suffix for X-Rated Web Sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO — What if the Web held a sex party and no one showed up?  —  That's what could happen now that the agency governing the Internet address system all but approved the creation of a new red-light district on the Web.
Discussion: The Informer, ICM Registry and ZDNet
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
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 …
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La Quadrature du Net:
Leak: EU pushes for criminalizing non-commercial usages in ACTA
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Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
Palm shareholders approve HP takeover plans
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
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Christina Warren / Mashable!:
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Red Hat CEO: VMware Our Biggest Competitor
Howard A. Schmidt / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Discussion: Pulse2 and PC World