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5:35 AM ET, July 3, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
iPhone 4's supposed signal woes aren't unique, and may not be serious  —  The debate over the iPhone 4's supposed reception problems continues, including a new class-action suit.  Underplayed in the discussion is the fact that all phones are subject to interference from the human who is using them.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Translation From Apple's Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Web Apps Coming Along Quite Well.  Some Already Work  —  One of the big announcements at this year's Google I/O was that a new Chrome Web Store was being built.  Think of it as Apple's App Store or the Android Market but for web apps.  In it, you'll be able to purchase …
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 History's Most Powerful Recommendation Engines
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Facebook Unveils Suggested Interests List
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: The Sexy Russian Spy's Business Plan (And A Video Interview)  —  The bizarre case of Russian Spy ring arrested by the FBI earlier this week just keeps on getting stranger.  In particular, one of the alleged spies, 28-year-old Anna Chapman, is getting a lot of attention because of her …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   Spy suspects allegedly used regular consumer tech
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
How Many Palm Employees Did HP Just Lay Off?  —  I'm not quite sure, but make no mistake, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has cut some former Palm staffers from its ranks as it closes its acquisition of the smartphone maker.  I'm hearing different numbers from sources (once) close to the company, so it's difficult to put a firm number on them.
Roberto / PadGadget:
Will.I.Am Uses “Find My iPad” To Track Down Thief  —  We recently reported about the Find My iPad app and MobileMe service.  It's certainly a cool way to track your iPad if it ever goes missing.  The service works via a dedicated app you can install on any iOS device, or via the web.
Discussion: SOHH.com, The Next Web and CNN
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Steven Levy On Mark Zuckerberg And The Hacker Spirit  —  Twenty-five years after his landmark book, hacker historian Levy revisits the tech revolution he chronicled.  —  Before the Romanian cybercriminals, before Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller breached the Gibson mainframe …
CNN:
Obama announces new U.S. broadband connection funding  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama on Friday announced new government investments in 66 projects to expand broadband connections in rural and poor areas across the country.  —  The $795 million in grants and loans funded …
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Why Did Comedy Central Remove EyePhone Reference from Futurama Online Clip?  —  If you're like us, you're besides yourself with joy about the return Futurama.  Life just wasn't the same without the adventures of Philip J. Fry and his obnoxious friend Bender on our TVs every week.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter to Publish Shopping Deals Through @EarlyBird Account  —  Twitter has rolled out several different advertising systems in recent weeks and we're hearing that the next one will take a page from the Dell Computers playbook.  In December, Dell famously reported $6.5 million …
Discussion: The Next Web
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt talks about threats to Google, paywalls and the future  —  Google chief Eric Schmidt tells Activate summit that the future of newspapers is online - and mobile  —  • Video: Eric Schmidt discusses newspapers and the web with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger
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 …
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
GSA unveils overhaul of USA.gov, featuring mobile apps  —  The General Services Administration unveiled on Friday a refurbished USA.gov, the official home page for federal services and resources.  It now features mobile applications, a more sophisticated search engine and other enhanced navigation aides.
Nate Lanxon / Epicenter:
The Secret To Apple's FaceTime Success Will Be The PC  —  Apple's iPhone 4 video calling stands a good chance at becoming a widely adopted system.  But it'll rely on a catalyst, and I believe it's the PC.  —  I'll just wait for the day I get asked to do a video podcast appearance and I whip out my iPhone to do it.
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: MacNN, AppleInsider and iLounge
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
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Remember Diaspora?  The Would-Be Facebook-Killer Is Still Underway For Some Reason
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The Swype Revolution?  —  It's tough reviewing an Android phone …