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1:45 PM ET, July 3, 2010

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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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone 4 antenna woes prompt Apple to dump return fee
New York Times:
Top World Cup Players on Facebook, Day by Day  —  Millions of people around the world have been actively supporting - or complaining about - their favorite teams and players.  Below, players are sized according to the number of mentions on Facebook during each day of the World Cup.
Discussion: Mashable! and Brian Solis
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 …
Christopher Jung / Blog of Metrics:
Firefox Main Window Study: A Heatmap Visualization  —  Last month, Mike Beltzner shared an early product plan for the next version of Firefox with the Mozilla community and presented our vision for Firefox 4.  A big upgrade coming with Firefox 4 is the new theme project: creating a new, sleek, and simpler default theme for the browser.
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won't Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain  —  In a speech at the American University last Thursday, President Obama highlighted the incredible economic rewards that America has gained from its immigrants.  He spoke of new waves of immigrants …
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 …
Michael Greene / InformationWeek:
Ray Kurzweil On ‘The Singularity’ Future  —  The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences. … Tech professionals have become somewhat inured to descriptions of the exponential rise …
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes  —  The halcyon days of tax-free Internet shopping will, if Rep. Bill Delahunt gets his way, soon be coming to an abrupt end.  —  Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would rewrite the ground rules for Internet …
Discussion: rila.org, Dispatches and NCSL
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 and Associated Press
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   Spy suspects allegedly used regular consumer tech
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Reports: BlackBerry, Skype, Google face India data demand  —  India's Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has been asked by the government to serve a notice to Skype and Research In Motion (RIM) to ensure that their email and other data services comply with formats that can be read by security …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why You'll Pay to Watch Ads on the iPhone and iPad  —  The new iAds that Apple (AAPL) launched yesterday are interesting.  But they had better be: You're going to pay to see them.  —  This isn't news, exactly.  But consider it a reminder: AT&T's (T) switch from an unlimited data plan …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Unveils One of History's Most Powerful Recommendation Engines  —  Facebook just announced the availability of a new feature for users creating accounts on the social network: Suggested Interests.  Facebook will now recommend that new users sign up for updates from ("Like") …
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US largely ruling out NKorea in 2009 cyberattacks
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
GSA unveils overhaul of USA.gov, featuring mobile apps
Roberto / PadGadget:
Will.I.Am Uses “Find My iPad” To Track Down Thief
Discussion: SOHH.com, The Next Web and CNN
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Why Did Comedy Central Remove EyePhone Reference from Futurama Online Clip?
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla: 2 billion Firefox add-ons downloaded
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Now live on DirecTV: TV's first set of 3D-only HDTV channels
Discussion: Crave
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer (even IE6!) gains market share
Discussion: internetnews.com