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5:40 PM ET, July 1, 2010

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Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Conversation with Steve Jobs on the iPhone 4 antenna problems  —  One of our readers has a pretty interesting story to share.  It is one that involves his passion for Apple products, an Apple engineer, Steve Jobs, and reported problems with the iPhone 4's antenna placement.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs To Furious Customer: 'It's Just a Phone'  —  In Apple's marketing, the new iPhone “changes everything” and is “indispensable.”  But when responding to an irate customer, CEO Steve Jobs had a more detached take, writing, “relax, enjoy your family — it is just a phone.”
Discussion: Fast Company
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Taking off with ITA  —  Today, almost half of all airline tickets are sold online.  But for many people, finding the right flight at the best price is a frustrating experience; pricing and availability change constantly, and even a simple two city itinerary involves literally thousands of different options.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Pays $700 Million In Cash For Flight Info Provider ITA
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Apple iTunes in the cloud definitely happening soon, wireless syncing!  —  One of our reliable Apple sources has just filled us in on some of the company's iTunes plans, and they're exciting.  We have been told iTunes will be getting a huge cloud capability that many people have been asking for …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's War With Google Takes To The Skies With iTunes In The Cloud
Discussion: CrunchGear
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Tapulous Acquired By Disney  —  Tapulous has been acquired by Disney.  The iPhone gaming startup with several hits on its hands was founded by Bart Decrem, who will join Disney as a VP.  Disney is very interested in social and mobile gaming, having recently invested in Playdom's $33 million round.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First iPhone 4 Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple and AT&T  —  The first iPhone 4 class action suit against Apple and AT&T has been filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  The lawsuit focus on the antenna design problems, making several claims:
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Bob Sutor:
Saying it out loud: IBM is moving to Firefox as its default browser  —  I talk a lot about software in this blog but most of the discussion is at the personal level: I tried this, I experimented with that.  I hardly ever talk about what I use for doing my IBM business and more rarely still …
The Guru / Symbian-Guru.com:
Symbian-Guru.com Is Over  —  As of today, I will no longer be updating Symbian-Guru.com, and will be purchasing an Android-powered smartphone - my new Nexus One should arrive tomorrow.  I've been a Nokia fanboy since 1999, and a Symbian fanboy since I got my Nokia 6620 in summer of 2004.
Heather Kelly / Macworld:
Some iPhone 4 cameras have yellowing problem  —  Some iPhone 4 owners have reported color oddities with photos they've taken with the camera on the back of the newly released phone.  The iPhone's 5-megapixel camera will take crisp daylight and brightly lit indoor photos that show colors accurately …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and SlashGear
John Cook / TechFlash:
Amazon cuts Kindle DX price to $379, improves e-ink display  —  It's been a big news day for Amazon.com's Kindle electronic reading device, with the company announcing a new royalty program for authors and support of HTML5 to preview book titles.  Now, word comes that Amazon.com is chopping …
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Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Colour closer with E Ink Pearl on Kindle DX
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Suggests Blu-ray Not Coming to Mac Anytime Soon  —  Amongst the emails that Steve Jobs has been responding to, he also responded to an inquiry by a MacRumors reader Siva about future of Blu-ray on the Mac.  While Blu-ray has been a long requested feature for Macs …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Starbucks begins offering free two-click WiFi access in US and Canada  —  Mmm... nothing like the smell of a warm caramel macchiato in the morning being masked by the smell of fresh greenbacks being burned, right?  All jesting aside, we're pretty stoked about the world's …
Discussion: Pulse2, Erictric and Switched
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google CEO Schmidt gives crafty non-denial on forthcoming social network  —  Google chief executive Eric Schmidt wouldn't publicly deny that the company is set to hatch a rival social network to Facebook during a speech today in London, adding fuel to rumors that the search giant may launch …
Discussion: paidContent and Guardian
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Hands-on with Hulu Plus via Samsung HDTV, iPhone and iPad  —  After months of speculation the wait is almost over and Hulu Plus is just about upon us.  Hulu was nice enough to share an invite with us so we could to try it out — sorry, we don't have any extras — and we happen to have a Samsung LED LCD TV in the lab to give it a go.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's iAds Slowly Begin to Appear, Led by Nissan Leaf  —  Last week, we noted that developers had begin incorporating support for Apple's iAd mobile advertisements into updates for their applications, with a few applications starting to show placeholder banners and test ads ahead of the program's official launch on July 1st.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tech lets batteries load in either direction  —  Microsoft has started licensing a technology that could come in handy for anyone who as ever tried to put new batteries in a flashlight in the middle of the night.  —  The company said Thursday it has a patent for designing devices …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Kin: More proof that warring fiefdoms rule at Microsoft  —  We Microsoft watchers are all armchair quarterbacking today, the day after Microsoft basically pulled the plug on its short-lived Kin phones for the teen/twenty-something market.  —  The pricey Verizon data plan killed it, some say.
Discussion: GigaOM and Softpedia News
hp.com:
HP Completes Palm Acquisition  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., — HP today announced it has completed its acquisition of Palm Inc. at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash.  —  HP today announced it has completed its acquisition of Palm Inc. at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash.
MacDailyNews:
Steve Jobs email: Over the air iPhone 4 HD video uploads coming ‘in the future’  —  MacDailyNews reader “Chris T.” reports the following email exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently: Steve, I'm a HUGE fan of your products... MBP, Ipad 64gb WIFI, 2 iphone 3g's and now 2 iphone 4's …
DigiTimes:
Intel backs off WiMAX industry, dismisses WiMAX Program Office, say sources  —  Intel has announced in an internal meeting it will dissolve its WiMAX Program Office, which was set up to promote the development of related WiMAX technologies, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Discussion: GigaOM, dailywireless.org and PC World
BBC:
Finland makes broadband a ‘legal right’  —  Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.  —  From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.  —  Finland has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Nokia Turns to MeeGo to Bolster Handheld Offerings
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Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches Yahoo!(R) Mail and Yahoo! Messenger Apps for Android
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Only Microsoft and Red Hat have all the pieces to build clouds, Red Hat says
Discussion: Datamation
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Playstation Plus: Required for Hulu Plus?
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Judge Orders User-Friendly Notices for Does Targeted By USCG Suits
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Big Body, Big Screen: Droid X Is This Month's Superphone
Discussion: USA Today and Yahoo! News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of iPad Satisfaction