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9:25 PM ET, July 1, 2010

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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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Google:
Facts about Google's acquisition of ITA Software  —  On July 1, 2010, Google announced an agreement to acquire ITA Software, a Cambridge, Massachusetts flight information software company, for $700 million, subject to adjustments.  — Google's acquisition of ITA Software will create a new …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple PR: Steve Jobs iPhone 4 “conversation” is a fake  —  Apple's CEO did not tell an angry customer “calm down,” “retire,” “it's just a phone”  —  An e-mail exchange being attributed to Steve Jobs is a fake, and was not written by him, according to Apple (AAPL) public relations.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Exclusive conversations with Steve Jobs up for sale  —  A Virginia man who apparently posted a YouTube video demonstrating his ability to block signal on an iPhone 4 was contacted by Apple, resulting in an email exchange that was later shopped around to the tech media as a paid story.
Discussion: MacRumors and The Loop
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.
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.
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The Walt Disney Company:
DISNEY ACQUIRES TAPULOUS  —  Tapulous, a leading mobile gaming company, to strengthen Disney Interactive Media Group's Mobile Business — The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Palo Alto-based Tapulous, Inc., a leading developer of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Best Buy Trying To Fire Employee Over Those Hilarious EVO Versus iPhone Videos  —  By now it seems like just about everyone has seen the iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO video (and the rebuttal video).  The video portrays an electronics store employee trying to convince a person looking for an iPhone 4 to buy an HTC EVO 4G instead.
Discussion: Maximum PC
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: Guardian and Maximum PC
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Can't Beat Facebook At Social, Valley Insiders Agree (GOOG)
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 …
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.
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9 to 5 Mac:   iAds going international ‘in a few months’
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair  —  Would-be whistle-blowers hoping to leak documents to Wikileaks face a potentially frustrating surprise.  Wikileaks' submission process, which had been degraded for months, completely collapsed more than two weeks ago and remains offline …
Discussion: MediaShift and Hillicon Valley
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video Of Unreleased Google Voice Desktop App  —  When Google acquired Skype competitor Gizmo5 in November 2009 it wasn't much of a stretch to anticipate a soft phone application for Google Voice to be coming soon.  A few months later we heard that Google was dogfooding Google Voice Desktop internally.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:sameerpatel
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 …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Colour closer with E Ink Pearl on Kindle DX  —  Amazon's new Kindle DX, available on July 7, is the first eReader to feature E Ink's Pearl technology, enabling a contrast ratio 50 per cent better than the previous DX.  The improvement is a necessary upgrade in order for E Ink to produce its first colour screens by the end of the year.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Goes iOS 4 Native: Brings A New Map View, But No Background Location  —  The iOS 4-compatible apps continue to roll-in.  The latest is Foursquare which now includes fast app switching and high resolution artwork for the iPhone 4′s retina display.
Discussion: The Next Web
PJ Jacobowitz / PC Magazine:
Is The iPhone 4's LCD the Best?  —  If you place the latest smartphones side by side the first thing you'll probably notice is that all their displays dazzle—but why?  Image quality can be difficult to express but there is a way to measure it.  To evaluate and help you understand the strengths …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile kills off current Sidekicks, Kin says ‘welcome to the club’  —  It's truly remarkable to see almost every trace of a successful, well-established Valley start-up's work wiped out in the span of 24 hours, but here we are: T-Mobile's discontinuing the Sidekick line as of tomorrow …
 
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell Speaks About Its Struggles With Faulty PC Components
Discussion: en.community.dell.com and PC World
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Is Hulu Plus Another Nail in the DVD Coffin?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Apple All The Tech Press is Talking About? (Stats)
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
WordPress lets you leave a voice message on your blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digital's Deadliest Catch, Part One: The MicroHoo Search Integration …
Fred / A VC:
Bilski and Patent Reform
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
J.P. Morgan ups Apple target to $390
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches Mobile Express Checkout To Enable One-Click Buying On Smartphones
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Gustav Sandstrom / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Turns to MeeGo to Bolster Handheld Offerings
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Kin: More proof that warring fiefdoms rule at Microsoft
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Hands-on with Hulu Plus via Samsung HDTV, iPhone and iPad
hp.com:
HP Completes Palm Acquisition
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First iPhone 4 Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple and AT&T