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6:15 AM ET, July 2, 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.
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
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: displayblog, Techie Buzz and Gizmodo, Thanks:sameerpatel
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Found Footage: iPhone 4 takes to the skies  —  If you're afraid of heights, do not watch this video.  A few guys in Los Angeles convinced a friend to loan them his new iPhone 4 for a risky little experiment: A balloon-powered flight into the air, tethered by kite string, with the video camera recording the whole time.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Switched
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell on the Nichicon Capacitor Issue  —  Some of you may have been reading about faulty capacitors in some of our older OptiPlex desktops.  Before I get into more details, I want to make some points clear:  — This is an issue we addressed with customers some years ago.
Discussion: SlashGear and Bill Snyder's blog
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:   Dell Speaks About Its Struggles With Faulty PC Components
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA To Resurrect Sidekick Brand On Android?  —  T-Mobile USA will stop selling the Sidekick tomorrow, ceremoniously ending the era in which celebrities and teenagers alike feverishly sought after one of the first consumer devices built for texting.  —  Many mourned the death …
Discussion: TmoNews
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile kills off current Sidekicks, Kin says ‘welcome to the club’
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 …
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: Maximum PC and Guardian
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Can't Beat Facebook At Social, Valley Insiders Agree (GOOG)
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Face Detection To Photos  —  This afternoon Facebook saw the first improvement to its photo application thanks to its recent acquisition of Divvyshot: the addition of face detection to photos.  Now when you upload photos to various areas of the site, including the homepage …
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 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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Real-Time Stats To Blogger - To Google Analytics Next?  —  Blogger, Google's blog publishing platform, has just been given a useful new feature many a Blogger user will appreciate: near real-time statistics (via Louis Gray).  —  Dubbed Blogger Stats, the feature is available for all non-private Blogger blogs.
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 …
Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
How Netflix Shaped Skype's Platform Strategy  —  Skype quietly announced SkypeKit, an SDK for CE manufacturers last week, to push Skype services beyond the PC.  However, it wasn't until the following day when Jonathan Christensen, the General Manager and Head of Platform at Skype …
 
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens
Discussion: Fudzilla
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge “rejected all of the EFF's arguments” on P2P cases
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Asia Now First, Fastest-Growing Region for Twitter
Discussion: Semiocast and GigaOM
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google researcher says friend groups may give it a window to best Facebook
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Dell to Acquire Data Center Automation Specialist Scalent Systems
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
iPads in the Board Room
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacStories
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Goes iOS 4 Native: Brings A New Map View, But No Background Location
Discussion: The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
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)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digital's Deadliest Catch, Part One: The MicroHoo Search Integration …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over iPhone 4 reception issues
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Starbucks begins offering free two-click WiFi access in US and Canada