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3:30 PM ET, July 12, 2010

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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Lab tests: Why Consumer Reports can't recommend the iPhone 4  —  Lab test: Apple iPhone 4 design defect confirmed  —  It's official.  Consumer Reports' engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Consumer Reports Says iPhone 4 Has Design Flaw  —  Consumer Reports said in a blog post and accompanying video on Monday that widely reported signal problems with the iPhone 4, Apple's latest mobile phone, are a result of a flaw in the phone's antenna design, and that it cannot recommend purchasing the phone.
Discussion: Computerworld, Boing Boing and Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Ballmer: Windows 7 slates are coming this year  —  Microsoft isn't going to sit idly by and let slates from Apple and various Android backers run away with this market.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the 14,000 partners during his July 12 keynote at the Worldwide Partner Conference …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's new Windows Azure ‘appliance’ to be tested by eBay  —  Microsoft is looking spread the reach of its fledgling Windows Azure cloud-computing initiative with the announcement of a “platform appliance” that its industry partners and large customers will be able to use to run …
Alex Heaton / The Windows Blog:
Windows Intune Second Public Beta Available Today  —  Hi, I'm Alex Heaton, Group Product Manager for Windows Intune at Microsoft.  Today, I'm happy to share some news about Windows Intune, which is our forthcoming solution for PC management and security.  Windows Intune brings together …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches a CRM app store
Discussion: Softpedia News
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google's Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software  —  Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.  —  The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.
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Mark Friedman / The Official Google Blog:
App Inventor for Android  —  App Inventor is a new tool in Google Labs that makes it easy for anyone—programmers and non-programmers, professionals and students—to create mobile applications for Android-powered devices.  And today, we're extending invitations to the general public.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Blocks, Threatens To Sue Fring (Update: Skype Says Fring Is Lying)  —  Late last week, mobile communication services provider fring released an updated iPhone app that enabled iPhone 4 owners to engage in unrestricted 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G internet with other iPhone, Android or Symbian devices.
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Robert Miller / The Big Blog:
Fring's mis-use of Skype software was damaging to our brand and reputation  —  An hour or so ago, Fring reported on their blog that we had blocked their access to Skype.  I want to make one thing absolutely clear: this is untrue.  —  Fring was using Skype software in a way it wasn't designed to be used …
Tom / fring:
Skype Cowardly Blocks fring  —  For 4 years we have led mobile communication innovation, most recently with video calling on any advanced Smartphone and network.  —  Now that fring expanded capacity to support the huge demand for video calling for all users, Skype has blocked us from doing so.
Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry 6: Another Sneak Peek  —  In the almost ten years I've worked at Research In Motion (RIM), I've never been as excited about a BlackBerry® software launch as I am for BlackBerry 6, which is on track for release this summer.  I'm absolutely in love with the BlackBerry 6 experience …
Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Shortages of Phone Hindering Sprint 4G  —  Sprint Nextel Corp.'s big bet on its super-fast 4G network is running into stronger-than-expected head winds, Chief Executive Dan Hesse said in an interview.  —  Sprint is still the only U.S. carrier with a 4G network, which offers users faster speeds for data and video.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Sprint 4G Arrives in More Cities, But Where Are the 4G Phones?
Discussion: eWeek, Sprint and Unwired View
Niraj Sheth / Digits:   Draining Power on the Evo 4G? Sprint Suggests Another Battery
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Daniel Emery / BBC:
Facebook unveils child safety ‘panic button’  —  Facebook has announced it will allow a “panic button” application on its social networking site.  —  The button, aimed at children and teenagers, will report abuse to the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) and Facebook.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Rolls Out Four More iPhone 4 Ads — Each About FaceTime  —  Yesterday, I broke down Apple's minute-long FaceTime commercial for iPhone 4, noting how it seemed almost as if Don Draper from the hit AMC show Mad Men had created it.  Now Apple has four other 30-second spots for the iPhone 4 …
Steve Souders / High Performance Web Sites:
Diffable: only download the deltas  —  There were many new products and projects announced at Velocity, but one that I just found out about is Diffable.  It's ironic that I missed this one given that it happened at Velocity and is from Google.  The announcement was made during a whiteboard talk, so it didn't get much attention.
Discussion: techno.blog
John Cook / TechFlash:
The venture capital well is running dry ... for the VCs  —  Entrepreneurs aren't the only ones struggling to find capital in these choppy economic times.  The venture capitalists who write the checks are encountering their own hard realities on the fundraising trail.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Boom!  Foursquare Crosses 2 Million Users  —  It appears that Foursquare has just crossed the 2 million users mark this morning.  The location based social network has been growing fast, adding 100,000 users per week.  Only three months ago, Foursquare passed one million users after taking a year to accumulate one million members.
Discussion: Xconomy and Softpedia News
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Working On Secret New Ad Format: “Interactive Video Ads”  —  Google is still casting around trying to find another revenue stream that will carry the company now that search is maturing.  —  The latest idea?  —  “Interactive video ads.”  —  Eric Schmidt pitched the idea …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
After Some Flashy Investing, Is Andreessen Horowitz's Next Move a Big New Fund?  —  Since it launched almost exactly a year ago with a $300 million fund, the venture firm of Andreessen Horowitz has cut a rather high-profile path through the Silicon Valley investing community.
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
mSpot debuts mobile Movies for iPad application  —  There's yet another way to stream movies on your iPad now, with the latest release of mSpot's Movies app for Apple mobile devices today.  —  Last month, mSpot rolled out its initial Movies app for the iPhone last month …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: CNET News and Gadget Lab
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TwitVid Launches SocialAds — You Can Buy Twitter Followers and Retweets
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
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Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Cult of Mac and Geek.com
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Owen Fletcher / Digits:
Apple's Wi-Fi-Enabled iPhone Clears a Hurdle in China
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Innovation: Shrewd search engines know what you want
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So, Why is Twitter Really Not Using Cassandra to Store Tweets?
Discussion: Mashable!
Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
The era of simplified computing
Kevin Lisota / TechFlash:
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Aron Trimble / TUAW:
How To: Use iPhone 4 data plan with iPad 3G
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC broadband plan will put US in “second tier of countries”
Discussion: SiliconANGLE