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11:05 PM ET, June 27, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs on iPhone 4 Signal Issue: ‘Stay Tuned.’  —  One MacRumors reader emailed Steve Jobs in a followup about the widely publicized iPhone 4 signal issues that have been reported across the web.  In particular, rfbandit was asking about Apple's policy on giving free bumper cases to alleviate the issue.
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
There is no spoon  —  It's a pretty safe assumption that if you're reading this blog, you've seen “The Matrix.”  And you may or may not remember the scene where a kid explains to Neo that the trick to bending a spoon with your mind is simply to remember that, “There is no spoon.”  —  So it is with marketing.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Death by Gadget  —  “Blood diamonds” have faded away, but we may now be carrying “blood phones.”  —  An ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo.
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Financial overhaul targets minerals used by Intel and Apple  —  An amendment included in the financial overhaul bill completed on Friday aims to force high-tech manufacturers to reconsider the use of minerals that could be fueling violence in Congo.  —  The language mirrors a bill introduced …
Fritz Nelson / InformationWeek:
iPhone 4 Teardown Telegraphs Future iPad Gyro  —  The first true teardown of Apple's iPhone 4, performed by UBM TechInsights, reveals its internal A4 processor and points the way to a related iPad slot that might soon host the handset's digital gyroscope.  —  In the first teardown to reveal …
Discussion: EE Times, TG Daily and CNET News
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Motorola Charm coming to T-Mobile with ‘enhanced’ Android 2.1 Motoblur?  Update promised for CLIQ and CLIQ XT?  —  Usual rules apply — we can't independently confirm this at the moment — but a tipster has sent us what appears to be T-Mobile training materials for an upcoming Motoblur-infused candybar smartphone, the Motorola Charm.
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
Is Google About to Launch a Facebook Killer?  Kevin Rose Says So.  —  Should we brace ourselves for another round of tech news headlines with the word “killer” in them?  According to Digg founder Kevin Rose, Google is about to launch a social profile service called, aptly, “Google Me.”
Paul Kedrosky / Infectious Greed:
The Web isn't Brought to You By the Letter “T”  —  Mostly because I had too much time this week on planes, plus I had some data, I got to thinking about domain name frequency.  Does the first-letter frequency among the top 1,000,000 web domains by traffic match the first-letter frequency of words in the English language?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 4 Video Sex Chat Services Already Staffing Up  —  That was quick: Just a few days after Apple's iPhone 4 went on sale — featuring video chat capabilities — the “FaceTime” sex chat services are already starting up.  —  Here's a Craigslist ad offering a free iPhone 4 and a …
Paul Smalera / The Big Money:
Why the future of paid dating sites is rocky.  —  How many marriages per day do Internet dating Web sites generate?  If that sounds like a simple question to answer, it is not.  Last year the Wall Street Journal tried to cut through the hype and found, unsurprisingly, the claims put forth …
Discussion: Washington Post
Zee / The Next Web:
DailyFail: Newspaper quotes (Fake) Steve Jobs tweet in story about iPhone 4 recall  —  Above is a screenshot of the opening to an article in the UK's DailyMail this morning (full screenshot in case they pull it, which they have) claiming that Steve Jobs had confirmed an iPhone 4 recall …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Android vs. iPhone: How Google is winning hearts of developers  —  Software engineer Alberto Fonseca considered making apps for Apple's iPhone after his job at Microsoft was cut during the company's layoffs last year.  After studying the situation, and the market, he made Google's Android phones a priority instead.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
For 1 billion speakers, domain names officially go Chinese
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US unveils plan to make online transactions safer
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Intel's bold bet against ARM: visionary or myopic?
Drew Wilson / ZeroPaid.com:
Creative Commons Responds to ASCAP
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
iPhone 4 upgrades to HSDPA/HSUPA can double 3G bandwidth speeds
Discussion: MacRumors, Thanks:jasonhiner
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Sen. Bond says DHS shouldn't oversee cybersecurity
Discussion: Slashdot
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
[Updated] The Coming Super-Seed Crash
Brent Csutoras / BlueGlass:
The New Digg Version 4.0 Alpha
 

 
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
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