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4:50 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
Discussion: Computerworld
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
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Facebook Unveils Suggested Interests List
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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Face Detection To Photos
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: BetaNews and Geek.com
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebWorkerDaily
J.R. Bookwalter / Mac|Life:
Chase Mobile Update Brings iPhone Check Deposit  —  If anyone needs proof that we're all living in the future, look no further than the latest update to the Chase Mobile iPhone app, which now allows not only person-to-person QuickPay to any e-mail address, but also the ability …
Discussion: Engadget
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Blockbuster To Be Delisted from NYSE  —  More bad news for Blockbuster: the DVD rental firm announced yesterday that it will lose its place on the New York Stock Exchange next Wednesday, after it failed to get enough shareholder votes on proposals designed to help it comply with NYSE requirements.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / Redmond Mag:
How Microsoft Is Busting Its Own ‘The Browser Is Part of the OS’ Myth
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