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11:35 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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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
You Are Not Your Phone  —  Is there anything the typifies the sybaritic complacency of the American consumer than feeling personally slighted when somebody criticizes your phone?  Put away your slings and arrows, mailroom pundits, and remember these f**kers work for us.  —  Heard the one about Gizmodo and Apple?
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Consumer Reports Says iPhone 4 Has Design Flaw  —  Updated Added link to earlier Consumer Reports blog post and comments from Michael Gikas, senior editor of electronics at Consumer Reports.  3:14 p.m. Added request for comment from AT&T and Apple.  —  Consumer Reports said in a blog post …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Consumer Reports: By the Way, the iPhone 4 is Also the Best Smartphone on the Market
Discussion: MacRumors and The Loop
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 …
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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.
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Alive! Taking Android's App Inventor For A Spin
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Sharon Machlis / Computerworld:
Google's App Inventor for Android is a game-changer
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020  —  With 74% of business PCs running XP, the move is more proof that it's the OS that won't die  —  Computerworld - Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday …
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows 7 SP1 public beta released  —  Microsoft announced on Monday that the first Windows 7 Service Pack 1 public beta is now available.  —  Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, Corporate Vice President of Windows & Windows Live - Tami Reller announced the public beta.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Techmeme Offers Tech News at Internet Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — News lovers in Washington can't live without Mike Allen at Politico.  Hollywood squabbles over the relative merits of Sharon Waxman's TheWrap versus Nikki Finke's Deadline.  The newspaper industry reads the news collected by Jim Romenesko.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Man Claims Ownership of Facebook  —  A New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order restricting the transfer of Facebook Inc.'s assets, following a suit by a New York man who claims to own an 84% stake in the social-networking company.  —  Paul D. Ceglia filed a suit in the Supreme Court …
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 …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft releases WP7 tools beta; preview phones coming next week  —  Actual phones are due out later this year  —  Computerworld - Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is coming later this year and today Microsoft released a beta version of developer tools to enable software makers to build applications and games for WP7 devices.
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
WPC: ‘We missed a generation with Windows Mobile,’ Ballmer says
Discussion: Electronista and Bob Caswell
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
AT&T CTO: ‘We will move heaven and Earth’ to improve our network  —  AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan described his vision for a future where more and more data is flowing through mobile networks.  He made the comments at VentureBeat's MobileBeat 2010 conference today in San Francisco.
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Open mobile still on the way, AT&T's CTO says
Discussion: IntoMobile
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Blackberry Tablet confirmed, will support Flash  —  Rumors of a BlackBerry tablet have been circulating for months, and statements from Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar on Friday have rekindled the discussion with a little bit more accuracy.  —  A source close to RIM confirmed to Betanews …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
June ComScore Search Numbers Out: Google Share Down, Bing And Yahoo Up  —  ComScore's June U.S. search data is out.  —  Once again, Yahoo and Microsoft gained share at Google's expense because of contextual search tricks on the sites that turn users' click-by-click browsing into extra search queries.
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Casualties Of War: OfferPal Downsizes As Facebook Chooses Competitor  —  Facebook is steadily converting partners like Zynga away from their home grown payment product to Facebook Credits.  And to date there's just one alternative for users who want to complete offers like getting …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Sprint 4G Arrives in More Cities, But Where Are the 4G Phones?  —  Sprint today announced the launch of 4G WiMAX in seven new markets, raising its total of U.S. cities covered to 43.  The wireless carrier continues to progress with its planned 4G rollout in partnership with Clearwire and expects …
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Niraj Sheth / Digits:   Draining Power on the Evo 4G? Sprint Suggests Another Battery
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Cheap E-Paper Displays Coming to a Store Near You  —  Nemoptic's new e-paper technology is cheap and efficient enough to be used almost anywhere.  —  Technically, the e-paper race is full of dark horses—including the sector leader itself, E-Ink, whose electrophoretic e-paper technology …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
mSpot debuts mobile Movies for iPad application
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron reportedly lands Apple desktop orders; announces June results
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Geek.com and Cult of Mac
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches a CRM app store
John Cook / TechFlash:
The venture capital well is running dry ... for the VCs
Discussion: Digital Daily