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11:30 AM 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  —  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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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: Softpedia News and The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: TUAW, Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
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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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
France Calls Google a Monopoly
J.R. Bookwalter / Mac|Life:
Chase Mobile Update Brings iPhone Check Deposit
Discussion: Engadget, Mashable! and IntoMobile
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Only TV-Show Becomes Huge Success
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Techdirt
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Blockbuster To Be Delisted from NYSE