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4:05 AM ET, July 14, 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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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Analyst: iPhone 4 recall would cost $1.5 billion  —  The iPhone 4's antenna design has been blamed for reception problems.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET)  —  In the wake of Consumer Reports announcing that it would not be recommending the iPhone 4 due to the much-discussed antenna problems …
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.
Carolina Madrid / Reuters:
Apple shares slide after critical iPhone 4 review
Ryan Kim / Bloomberg:
IPhone 4 antenna sends bad memories
Discussion: Engadget, Cult of Mac and PC World
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?  —  Twitter has rolled out a number of new monetization models in recent weeks and a change to the search results page tonight may be the next one we'll see.  Last Friday Peter Kafka published a report on AllThingsD predicting that Twitter …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Go Rumors, Mashable! and Download Squad, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Squarespace Gets $38M to Compete With WordPress and Six Apart  —  Squarespace, a hosted content service that competes with companies such as WordPress (see disclosure below) has closed a $38-million financing round from two leading technology VCs — Accel Partners and Index Ventures …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Stempel / 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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's MP3 Store On Hiring Spree, May Be Planning Major Relaunch  —  When it comes to buying music online, there's iTunes, which is ahead by a mile, and then there's everyone else.  According to a recent report published by Billboard, iTunes accounts for 26.7% of US music sales …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Electronista
The Mac Observer:
Apple Responds to Psystar Appeal in Mac Clone Battle  —  News about Psystar's appeal battle against Apple over Mac clones has been thin thanks to the PC maker's move to keep its Opening Brief sealed.  Apple's Answering Brief, however, wasn't sealed and offers some insight into Psystar's tactics.
Discussion: TUAW, PC World, Macsimum News and MacStories
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.
Guillermo / Clicker Blog:
How Much Network Programming Was Actually “On Online” This Season?  —  How much network programming was really made available online during the 2009-10 broadcast TV season?  — 90% of shows became available online  — 50% of episodes came online within a day of their original air date
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Thanks:oscalito
Jeremy Wagstaff / Wall Street Journal:
A New Way to Outwit Internet Fraudsters  —  The PassWindow Contains No Moving Parts but Provides Users Authentication Codes for Online Transactions  —  SINGAPORE—Matt Walker, 34-year-old creator of the online authentication tool PassWindow, exhibits many of the familiar traits of the inventor …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
It's a Small World After All: Facebook's Russian Investor-Who Just Got $300 Million From a Chinese Investor-Nabs $380 Million More From a South African Investor  —  Naspers, a South African international media group said one of its subsidiaries was taking a nearly 30 percent stake in Digital Sky Technologies.
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.
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
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 …
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Ha ha ha ha ha.  RIAA paid its lawyers more than $16,000,000 in 2008 to recover only $391,000!!!  —  The RIAA's “business plan” is even worse than I'd guessed it was.  —  The RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9,364,901 in 2008, Jenner & Block more than $7,000,000, and Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com, Slyck and p2pnet
 
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Apple: Selling Ice Cubes to Eskimos
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Brand Marketing Firm Involver Launches ‘AMP’ Social Media Dashboard
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How your cell phone's autocorrect software works, and why it's getting better.
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
Google's Washington Influence Is Spreading, Some Say Too Much
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and ZDNet
Digits:
Twitter Jitters in China
Thanks:atul
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Preparing to Launch ‘Safari Extensions Gallery’
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Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
ASCAP's attack on Creative Commons
Discussion: TeleRead, Techdirt and Boing Boing
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Conduit Reports Big Numbers: 250,000 App Publishers, 170 Million Users
Discussion: WebProNews and silicontap.com
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Updates Sign-Up Language, States It Will Never Charge Users
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone Live to offer remote wipe, location, and sync …