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7:35 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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Pays $700 Million In Cash For Flight Info Provider ITA  —  Google is now in the flight information business.  The search giant just announced it is paying $700 million in cash for ITA Software, an essential provider of flight information to airlines, travel agencies, and online reservation systems.
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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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: The Loop
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
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’
Discussion: everythingiCafe
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Apple All The Tech Press is Talking About?  (Stats)  —  You may feel like all the tech press has talked about this week is Apple's new iPhone 4.  If you thought that was literally the case, though, you'd be wrong.  We did some counting and dividing and looked at the number of headlines containing …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches Mobile Express Checkout To Enable One-Click Buying On Smartphones
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Gustav Sandstrom / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Turns to MeeGo to Bolster Handheld Offerings
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Hands-on with Hulu Plus via Samsung HDTV, iPhone and iPad
Discussion: MediaPost
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Only Microsoft and Red Hat have all the pieces to build clouds, Red Hat says
Discussion: internetnews.com and Datamation
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Big Body, Big Screen: Droid X Is This Month's Superphone