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11:40 AM ET, June 30, 2010

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Boy Genius Report:
Leaked: Apple's internal iPhone 4 antenna troubleshooting procedures  —  The antenna issues plaguing the iPhone 4 have infuriated many iPhone users (and rightfully so), but have you ever wondered how Apple is training its employees to deal with the fiasco?  Well thanks to one of our Apple connects …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason  —  Three Apple job postings for iPhone / iPad antenna engineers to “Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.”  All three were posted on June 23rd …
Richard Gaywood / fscked.co.uk:
More on the iPhone 4 signal issue  —  Previously, I did some simple testing of reception strength on my iPhone 4 and concluded that I couldn't see any problems.  I've now done some more thorough testing, however, and have reason to think I was wrong.  Warning: this is very long and nerdy.
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac, blogs.chron.com and displayblog, Thanks:atul
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Five new questions that stem from Bloomberg's Verizon-iPhone report
Discussion: Electronista, Phones Review and 901am
foursquare:
We're just getting started...  Hey all -  —  It's been quite the year for foursquare.  Last year at this time, Naveen and I - tired of working around my kitchen table - borrowed a desk from our friends at Curbed.com and Hard Candy Shell.  Two months later we brought on our first hire …
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Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Foursquare  —  Our portfolio company Foursquare closed a second round of financing yesterday.  This was a much covered financing process and also much criticized.  I think it makes an excellent case to talk about some conventional notions and why they might not be right.
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Andreessen Horowitz Invested in Foursquare … Today we are extremely excited to announce that we are investing in Foursquare, a service that mixes social, locative, and gaming elements to encourage people to explore cities in which they live.  —  Here are the three reasons we invested.
Kuan Yong / YouTube API Blog:
Flash and the HTML5 tag  —  There's been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not the HTML5 <video> tag is going to replace Flash Player for video distribution on the web.  We've been excited about the HTML5 effort and <video> tag for quite a while now, and most YouTube videos can now be played via our HTML5 player.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
YouTube: Why the Flash era isn't over
Discussion: Digital Daily
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon to launch LTE network on November 15th, handsets on Black Friday  —  This information comes from a new tipster, but we have very good reason to believe that Verizon will begin rolling out its LTE network in 25 markets starting on November 15th.  While 25 markets might not sound like a lot …
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Introducing Hulu Plus: More wherever.  More whenever.  Than ever.  —  Everyone on the Hulu team shares three things in common.  I'll cover two of those immediately.  We'll get to the last one at the end of this post.  —  First, we are proud to say that we love TV shows.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar: We're No Cable Killer! We Swear!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Introduces 70% Royalty Option For Kindle Digital Text Platform  —  Right off the heels of announcing an expansion of its Kindle Digital Text Platform to authors and publishers around the world, Amazon announced back in January that it would introduce a new 70 percent royalty option …
Discussion: BetaNews and Associated Press
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
4  —  The first thing you notice is that the iPhone 4 feels smaller in hand — the decrease in width, even more so than thickness, is quite noticeable.  It feels tight.  —  Then you turn it on, and you see the screen.  —  Apple seems very confident about the precise size and dimensions …
Thanks:atul
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Meet Cisco Cius: Android tablet for workers, students.  Watch out, iPad?  —  It's not quite an iPad - or better yet, the iPad isn't quite this.  —  Cisco CEO John Chambers today unveiled the Cisco Cius, a “mobile collaboration tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Blocks Posterous' Import Tool; Out Come The Lawyers  —  Well that didn't take long.  Halfway into their big 15 importers in 15 days campaign, Posterous has managed to make one of their competitors very angry.  Twitpic is so angry, in fact, that they're blocking the service and threatening legal action.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Clarifies Policy On Site Scrapers As Robots.Txt Gets Updated  —  Want to scrape Facebook's site for content?  You may want to reconsider how you do so as Facebook has updated their Robots.txt file to be a bit more restrictive.  If you aren't aware of what a Robots.txt file is, you can read more here.
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
R.I.P. Chatroulette, 2009-2010  —  A few months ago, it was the Web's hottest trend.  Then users took their self-exposure way too far  —  It always seems the stars that burn the brightest are the ones to flame out the fastest.  So it was as unsurprising as it was sad when the news broke early Tuesday …
Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Andy Ihnatko reviews/drops/breaks iPhone 4  —  Andy Ihnatko does a pretty solid iPhone 4 review for the Chicago Sun Times.  One kind of surprising thing however: 10 hours after getting his demo unit, he drops it and shatters the glass back panel.  He seems like a pretty responsible fellow …
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
‘Google Me’ is Real, Will Launch in 2010  —  A source very close to the matter told SF Weekly that ‘Google Me’ does in fact exist, and that Google already has many engineers on the project, a potential rival to Facebook.  The search engine is “getting very serious about social,” …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google to Push Android Deeper into Asia  —  Stepping up its rivalry with Apple and Nokia, Google outlines plans to court developers and put its operating system on lower-priced phones in China and India  —  Google (GOOG) plans to push its Android mobile software in India and China …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Cisco and video: Wi-Fi for Flip, end to Flash debacle, video client for App Store  —  For Cisco, video technologies ‘are definitely a pervasive play,’ says exec  —  Computerworld - LAS VEGAS — If you didn't realize how pervasive video technology research is at Cisco Systems …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
 
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