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6:05 PM ET, July 2, 2010

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Apple:
Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4  —  The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple's history.  It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it.  So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Translation From Apple's Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the ‘Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4’  —  Source: “Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4”. … We cannot believe we had to write this f**king letter. … We cannot believe we're getting s**t for this. … (No translation necessary.)
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Why Apple's iPhone 4 Update Won't Fix Your Reception Problem  —  This graphic shows why some people experience the iPhone 4 signal drop problems while others haven't been able to reproduce it.  It also explains why Apple's incoming software update—which promises more accurate signal bars—won't fix the antenna problem.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone 4 antenna woes prompt Apple to dump return fee  —  Move to mollify dissatisfied customers by ditching 10% restocking fee also aimed at quelling lawsuits  —  Computerworld - Apple has dropped the usual restocking fee for iPhone customers who want to return their smartphones, the company confirmed on Friday.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Apple Hopes to Re-enter the Living Room  —  Knock, Knock.  Who's there?  Apple TV?  Apple TV who?  —  In September 2006, Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, announced news of the company's latest offering: the Apple TV.  Mr. Jobs had high hopes for his latest creation …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple “well positioned” to enter the connected TV market in 2 to 4 years
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Life and death of Microsoft Kin: the inside story  —  Since our piece on Wednesday, we've had more trusted sources step forward to fill in some blanks and clarify the story behind the amazingly swift fall from grace that Microsoft's Kin phones have experienced since their launch just a few weeks ago.
Mingyao Yang / The Facebook Blog:
Helping Newcomers Connect to Interests  —  Friends on Facebook are constantly helping each other connect with more of the people and interests that matter in their lives.  As more of your friends like the Facebook Pages of their favorites celebrities, public figures, businesses and organizations …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Unveils One of the History's Most Powerful Recommendation Engines
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Facebook Unveils Suggested Interests List
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
“Arc Touch Mouse” surfaces - Microsoft to launch multi-touch mouse?  —  Microsoft might be introducing a multi-touch mouse of its own tomorrow as several European retailers (specifically those in Norway and Denmark) have begun publishing listings for a product dubbed the “Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse” with the product code RVF-00003.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Lets Google Sell Targeted Ads  —  Apple Inc. doesn't appear to have barred Google Inc. and others from selling targeted ads inside iPhone and iPad applications, after implying several weeks ago that it might do so.  —  Software developers say their new and updated applications …
Zach Epstein / knowyourcell.com:
Google to launch music service alongside Android 3.0 - Q4 2010  —  Google is targeting the holidays for the debut of its much anticipated digital music offering  —  When Google's VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced that the company had acquired music-streaming service Simplify Media …
Ten One Design:
Pressure-Sensitive Drawing on iPad  —  The iPad is great for sketching and taking notes, but could it be even better if it was able to respond to pen pressure?  —  We plan to release this capability as a free software library so it can be included in any application.
Sam Odio / Facebook Blog:
Making Facebook Photos Better  —  We're constantly working on making Facebook better, and one area where we've been spending a lot of time is on photos.  —  Coming to Facebook two months ago from Divvyshot (a tiny little photo startup) I was amazed at how much people are using Facebook Photos.
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID Incredible to Receive OTA Update Adding 720p and Mobile Hotspot  —  Droid Incredible owners, prepare yourselves to become upgraded.  According to our sources, an OTA update is readying for deployment to the DI which will add some much needed features that were missing during the device's initial launch.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer (even IE6!) gains market share  —  Another month into 2010, and most of the browser trends we've noted over the past several months are continuing: Firefox and Opera remain static, Safari is slowly creeping ahead, and Chrome roars forward at breakneck speeds.
Discussion: internetnews.com
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Mary Jo Foley / Redmond Mag:   How Microsoft Is Busting Its Own ‘The Browser Is Part of the OS’ Myth
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party to Run Pirate Bay from Swedish Parliament  —  When the Swedish Pirate Party announced, back in mid-May, that they were the new ISP of The Pirate Bay, it surprised a lot of people.  With their latest announcement, that they will run The Pirate Bay from inside the Swedish Parliament …
Discussion: Techdirt, Erictric and Maximum PC
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's cloud service not fully baked  —  A story about how Apple planned to “soon” launch a cloud service featuring music and movies stirred a great deal of speculation on Thursday.  —  The blog Boy Genius Report, citing an anonymous source, wrote that Apple will offer …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Get Timely Suggestions on Yahoo! Search  —  We've recently enhanced Yahoo! Search Assist to provide near real-time suggestions as you type your query.  —  You probably already use Yahoo! Search Assist to conduct your searches quickly, but now you can get even fresher suggestions …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
InDinero launches easy finance tools for small businesses  —  A Berkeley, Calif.-based company called InDinero is launching its new service today, which it says offers a simple approach to help small businesses, including startups, understanding their finances.
Andy Grove / Bloomberg:
How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late  —  Recently an acquaintance at the next table in a Palo Alto, California, restaurant introduced me to his companions: three young venture capitalists from China.  They explained, with visible excitement, that they were touring promising companies in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SmoothSpan Blog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
iPad blasts past Android in usage share  —  According to data collected by web metrics firm Net Applications, the iPad OS has blasted past Android in terms of usage share in three months.  —  The data says it all:  —  Remember, this is usage share, not market share, and since the Android platform …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Remember Diaspora?  The Would-Be Facebook-Killer Is Still Underway For Some Reason  —  Two months ago, four NYU undergrads created a stir in the tech world by raising $200,000 for an open, distributed, and all-around feel-good Facebook alternative called Diaspora.
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ.co.uk:
TV business kisses HDMI goodbye  —  TV business kisses HDMI goodbye Just use a standard network cable instead HDMI's short-lived reign over the TV cable racks could soon be over, thanks to a new usurper that combines several connections into a single, standard network cable.
 
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Gartner:
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