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10:10 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.
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Conversation with Steve Jobs on the iPhone 4 antenna problems
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
J.P. Morgan ups Apple target to $390
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over iPhone 4 reception issues
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
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
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: Techie Buzz and Gizmodo, Thanks:sameerpatel
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
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
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 …
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.
 
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 More Items: 
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
iPads in the Board Room
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacStories
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell Speaks About Its Struggles With Faulty PC Components
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Goes iOS 4 Native: Brings A New Map View, But No Background Location
Discussion: The Next Web
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
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches Mobile Express Checkout To Enable One-Click Buying On Smartphones
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and WebProNews
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
Discussion: MediaPost
hp.com:
HP Completes Palm Acquisition