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11:25 PM ET, July 13, 2010

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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Why Apple—and not its customers—should fix the iPhone 4  —  In our reporting and a video yesterday, we made the point that the signal drop that iPhone 4 customers have observed when they hold their phones the “wrong” way is real—and we've called on Apple to do something about it.
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Bob Egan / Viewpoints:
Consumer Report iPhone4 study flawed  —  Let me start off by saying that for much of my career, I worked as an electromagnetic engineer working on exactly the kind of issues that now face Apple on the iPhone4.  But this isn't about me.  It is about Consumer Reports and its not so scientific testing on the iPhone 4.
Ryan Kim / Bloomberg:
IPhone 4 antenna sends bad memories
Discussion: Engadget, Cult of Mac and PC World
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
PR Experts: iPhone 4 Hardware Recall Is “Inevitable”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Name Dropping In Search Results — Huge For User Discovery  —  Admit it, 99% of your Twitter searches are for vanity purposes.  You do it, I do it, we all do it.  And such a search revealed a potentially very useful and powerful new feature today.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is This How Twitter Will Offer Friends For Sale?
Discussion: Mashable! and Download Squad, Thanks:atul
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Verizon Wireless Summer device catalog leaked  —  One of our Verizon Wireless connects sent us in a pretty nice document just moments ago... It's Verizon Wireless' summer device catalog, and we have it in its entirety.  What's most surprising is the inclusion of the Motorola Droid 2 …
Minnie Ingersoll / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing our Google Fiber for Communities website  —  In February we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra-high speed broadband networks.  Over the past several months, our team's been hard at work reviewing the nearly 1,100 community responses to our request for information …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Rumors about OLED iPad resurface  —  Apple reportedly plans to launch its second-generation iPad, using 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels, as soon as in the fourth quarter of 2010 with Compal Electronics having a chance to receive the orders, according to sources from component makers.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Brings Picnik to Picasa Web Albums  —  In March, Google acquiredthe online photo editing service Picnik and today, the company is integrating Picnik with Picasa Web Albums, Google's online photo sharing service.  Picnik, which allows users to perform basic photo editing functions …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
AdMob CEO: Apple not enforcing ad restrictions  —  Despite putting a scare into AdMob and its customers with its new policies on third-party ad networks, Apple has not yet enforced those policies, AdMob's CEO confirmed Tuesday.  —  Omar Hamoui, founder and CEO of Google's AdMob division …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Apple: Selling Ice Cubes to Eskimos  —  From the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad, Apple has a nearly perfect track record of re-energizing lackluster product spaces.  FaceTime, the company's take on the video phone, is no different.  —  Apple will become the greatest sales organization …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Reuters:
eBay sued for $3.8 billion  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc has been sued for at least $3.8 billion by XPRT Ventures LLC, which accused the online auctioneer and retailer of infringing six patents to develop online payment systems such as PayPal.  —  The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the U.S. district court …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Looking For A Few Good iPad Users... To Study  —  Companies do all kinds of studies all the time for all sorts of reasons.  Seeing as the iPad is currently one of the hottest devices on the market, it should be no surprise that companies want to know about how users are using it.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel has its best quarter ever, brings in $2.9b profit  —  Sure, smartphone and tablets might be the Next Big Thing, but desktop computing ain't dead yet — just ask Intel, which just reported its best-ever quarter with a $2.9b profit on $10.8b in revenue.  That's an increase of $445m …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone Live to offer remote wipe, location, and sync for your Windows Phone 7 device  —  See, Android owners don't ever lose their phones, so that's why they don't need this capability... right?  Right?  Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that RIM would be delivering …
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Aaron Woodman / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone 7 - Getting Connected
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack  —  The upcoming Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas offers an annual parade of security researchers revealing new ways to break various elements of the Internet.  But few of the talks have titles quite as alarming as one on this year's schedule …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook to write “new chapter” of its mobile strategy  —  Facebook is going to go beyond rolling out standalone applications for iPhones, Google Android devices or feature phones and start considering itself a platform for developers to distribute mobile apps with.  —  “Where we're going from here is a platform strategy.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
NPD: Early Office 2010 sales ‘disappointing’  —  Stephen Baker, NPD Group's vice president of industry analytics, on Tuesday called the first two weeks of sales for Microsoft's Office 2010 product “a bit disappointing.”  —  The group's findings, which stem from its Weekly Tracking Service …
Discussion: NPD Group Blog
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
ASCAP's attack on Creative Commons  —  The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has launched a campaign to raise money from its members to hire lobbyists to protect them against the dangers of “Copyleft.”  Groups such as Creative Commons, Public Knowledge …
Discussion: Techdirt, TeleRead and Boing Boing
Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile launching HSPA+ service in 19 cities on July 21st, offering HSPA+ netbook  —  We just received a heads up that T-Mobile will be rolling out some HSPA+ insanity speeds to the following markets on July 21st:  — Austin, TX  — Baltimore, MD  — Birmingham, AL  — Cincinnati, OH
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple SVP Scott Forstall Just Signed Up For Twitter — But Why?  —  Everyone knows that Apple is an extremely secretive company.  Some would say to a fault.  But it seems to have served them well over the years.  That's why it's not surprising at all to see that none of Apple's key executives use public social networking services.
Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Preparing to Launch ‘Safari Extensions Gallery’  —  Apple today sent out an email to registered developers reminding them to submit their Safari 5 extensions for consideration for inclusion in the company's “Safari Extensions Gallery”. … Apple released Safari 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference just over a month ago.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Brand Marketing Firm Involver Launches ‘AMP’ Social Media Dashboard
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Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
Google's Washington Influence Is Spreading, Some Say Too Much
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Digits:
Twitter Jitters in China
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Conduit Reports Big Numbers: 250,000 App Publishers, 170 Million Users
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Discussion: Maximum PC, Softpedia News and Slashdot
Klint Finley / ReadWriteEnterprise:
Zendesk Offers New Tools to Help Companies Help Twitter Complainers
Discussion: eWeek, Zengage, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
InMobi Gets $8 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Sherpalo Ventures
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Microsoft Launches Outlook Facebook Integration [Exclusive]