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12:00 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” …
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Rumor: iOS 4.01 Update Coming on Monday, Will Fix Reception Problems  —  You hold your iPhone a certain way and poof!  There goes your reception.  According to Apple Insider, the issue may not be hardware-related but rather a software quirk: … An iOS update Monday—or during next week …
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 …
Chris Dixon / Silicon Alley Insider:
Competition Is Overrated: Stop Worrying About It And Just Build A Better Product  —  Your #1 competitor starting out will always be the BACK button, nothing else.  - Garry Tan  —  Suppose you have an idea for a startup, and then do some research only to discover there are already similar products on the market.
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
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
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
MacRumors Poll: iPhone 4 Signal Loss by Region  —  The success of the iPhone 4 launched has been otherwise marred by widespread reports of signal loss.  The signal loss seems to occur when the iPhone 4 is held in a certain position resulting in the bridging of the two antenna on the bottom left of the device (see video above).
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
La Quadrature du Net:
Leak: EU pushes for criminalizing non-commercial usages in ACTA  —  Paris, June 23rd 2010 - A document leaked from the Presidency of the EU reveals that Member States are pushing for new criminal sanctions into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a few days ahead of the next negotiation round.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
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Howard A. Schmidt / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Discussion: Pulse2 and PC World
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia loses top tech brain
Erica Ho / Lifehacker:
Gmail Can Now Open All Word Documents in Your Browser
Discussion: Gmail Blog
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
Discussion: Download Squad and Techie Buzz
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Coke sees ‘phenomenal’ result from Twitter ads