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9:40 AM ET, July 13, 2010

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TJ Luoma / TUAW:
Apple drops Consumer Reports/iPhone 4 discussion threads down memory hole  —  If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article ‘not recommending’ the iPhone 4, it's not there any more.  Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Consumer Reports: By the Way, the iPhone 4 is Also the Best Smartphone on the Market  —  Well, this is ironic.  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4, the smartphone that Consumer Reports says it can't recommend, is also the one ranked highest in its latest ratings.  The device scored 76 out of 100 points …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
PR Experts: iPhone 4 Hardware Recall Is “Inevitable” … Apple will be forced to recall the iPhone 4 following Consumer Reports tests proving the “Death Grip” antenna issue is not software related, but a hardware flaw, PR experts say.  —  “Apple will be forced to do a recall of this product …
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.
Brandon Watson / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released  —  First things first: go get the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta.  It has arrived!  —  The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished.  Well, that's what we mean anyway.  This Beta release represents …
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Continues Growth, Ad Impressions & Clicks Way Up: Report
Discussion: MediaPost, MediaMemo and paidContent, Thanks:atul
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 and GigaOM
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Newsweek's Excellent Tumblr Editor Is Leaving For ... Tumblr!  —  Newsweek is still shedding staffers.  —  Mark Coatney, an online editor who's gained recognition recently for building up the magazine's Tumblr blog, announced today on his own Tumblr blog that he's leaving Newsweek to go and work for, well, Tumblr!
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Alive!  Taking Android's App Inventor For A Spin  —  By now you've probably heard of Google's App Inventor for Android, a web-based development environment that's meant to make it possible for non-developers to build their own Android applications.  The technology has been in testing for a year …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
InMobi Gets $8 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Sherpalo Ventures  —  InMobi, the largest mobile ad network that hasn't been acquired, has raised another $8 million in funding.  The round was led by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures and brings their total raised capital to $15.6 million.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Windows 7-based HP Slate referenced at WPC 2010, Ballmer says ‘hardcore’ tablet push coming  —  Is this the answer to the question we posed back in mid-June?  Maybe.  While we're still unsure if Hewlett-Packard has a webOS-based tablet in its pipeline, those on-again / off-again Windows 7 rumors may finally be nearing an end.
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 …
Adam Rifkin / ...ifindkarma:
Pandas and Lobsters: Why Google Cannot Build Social Applications...  After researching what pandas do all day, I was struck by how panda-like we are when we use the Internet.  —  Roaming a massive world wide web of forests, most of our time is spent searching for delicious bamboo and consuming …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon Web Services tackles high performance computing instances  —  Amazon Web Services on Tuesday will launch compute clusters for high-performance computing applications like genomic research.  —  The offering, dubbed Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, is designed …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Third-party software bugs skyrocket in 2010  —  Lack of auto-patching tools leaves Windows users vulnerable to attack, says Secunia  —  Computerworld - A surge in third-party software vulnerabilities accounted for the bulk of a ballooning bug count in the first half of 2010, said Danish security firm Secunia today.
Discussion: eWeek
Simon Morris / BitTorrent Blog:
Announcing Apps for µTorrent Developers Challenge and SDK  —  Apps for µTorrent is something that we are really passionate about.  For us, it is a natural and important evolution of µTorrent.  It is a way for users to create a personalized experience by adding Apps that offer …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and The Next Web
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Steve Rubel / AdAge:
It's Time to Prepare for the End of the Web as We Know It
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
MP3tunes offers tuneful truce to Apple and Google
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
White House meeting will stress economic side of cybersecurity
Thanks:gnagesh
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Casualties Of War: OfferPal Downsizes As Facebook Chooses Competitor
Discussion: VentureBeat
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Partner Grants Aren't That New And Aren't That Easy to Get
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
WPC: ‘We missed a generation with Windows Mobile,’ Ballmer says
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TweetDeck Turns Two, Desktop App Passes 15 Million Downloads
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Waging war on Wordpress: Posterous prepares the switch
Agence France Presse:
Samsung targets Apple iPhone, wants top spot back
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
After Some Flashy Investing, Is Andreessen Horowitz's Next Move a Big New Fund?
Thanks:atul
Rachel King / ZDNet:
mSpot debuts mobile Movies for iPad application
Robert Miller / The Big Blog:
Fring's mis-use of Skype software was damaging to our brand and reputation
Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry 6: Another Sneak Peek