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12:30 PM ET, July 14, 2010

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acquires online mapping company Poly9 - report  —  Apple has purchased a Web-based mapping company from Quebec, Canada, that creates interactive 3D software for use in a browser, according to a new report.  —  French-Canadian news site cyberpresse.ca reported Wednesday (via Google Translate) …
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 …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Every week Apple doesn't act on iPhone 4 antenna could cost $200M  —  A new analysis has found that resolving the much publicized iPhone 4 antenna issues could cost Apple up to $900 million, and each additional week that Apple takes to resolve the issue could add another $200 million as sales increase.
Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Why Apple—and not its customers—should fix the iPhone 4
Markus Mühlbauer / Google LatLong:
Google Maps can now send destinations directly to more than 20 car brands worldwide  —  When we started the “Send-To-Car” service on Google Maps more than three years ago with BMW, only a few car makers offered connected services to their drivers.  The industry has come a long way since then.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter's EarlyBird Takes Flight With Disney Movie Deal; Groupon And Gilt To Come  —  Last week we learned more about Twitter's ecommerce deal product, @EarlyBird.  Earlybird will offer users exclusive, time-bound deals, events and sneak peeks, for which it has partnered with a number of advertising partners.
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Matt Graves / Twitter Blog:
@earlybird: Ready to Fly
Discussion: ReveNews
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Tour the Cruz Reader, a $200 Android Tablet  —  The iPad's the best tablet around right now because it's the only tablet around, but you can bet that a whole legion of Android tablets, like Velocity Micro's Cruz Reader, are on their way.  For $200, it looks pretty good.
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 …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Reports: alleged 12th Russian spy worked at Microsoft  —  The Russian spy ring scandal is rippling through the Seattle technology community.  News reports indicate an alleged 12th Russian spy, identified as Alexey Karetnikov, worked at Microsoft and lived in Redmond.
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says 12th Alleged Russian Spy Was Employee in Redmond
Discussion: Computerworld and msnbc.com
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Old Spice Man Answers Tweets On YouTube—Ropes In Kevin Rose, Alyssa Milano, And Justine Bateman  —  What if commercials really did talk to you?  What if a familiar spokesperson addressed you by name and responded to your thoughts and feelings.  In what is definitely one of the more creative …
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Pays Mobile App Developers to Help It Catch Apple  —  Microsoft Corp. is paying developers to build mobile applications for its Windows Phone 7 system to help it narrow a lead by rival products from Apple Inc. and Google Inc.  —  The company is providing financial incentives ranging …
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's New Name Search Isn't For Buying Followers — At Least Not Yet
Discussion: Go Rumors, Download Squad and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:bobcaswell
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 …
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 …
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.
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Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
Facebook: ‘We really see mobile as the future’
Discussion: CIO.com
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
15 million People Want iTunes in the Cloud  —  New research by the NPD group confirms a suspicion.  Much of the world wants to see iTunes streaming their music from the cloud.  And many will pay to make it happen.  —  According to NPD's polling of 3,862 iTunes users over the age of 13 …
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Reporting with Data: How the New York Times Uses APIs  —  A couple of recent posts give great insight into how the New York Times uses APIs to enhance its news coverage.  It uses its own APIs, both internal and open, to create responsive applications that can explain sports, politics and more.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Windows Live Introducing Centralized Contacts  —  Some interesting news coming out of the Windows Team Blog today.  With the recent Microsoft push into the cloud, it's no wonder we're seeing this, however.  —  According to the blog, you can now access all of your contacts …
 
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Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
iPhone 4 demand explodes, BlackBerry ain't sexy
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Khosla Ventures And Founders Fund Invest $15M In Health Appointment Platform ZocDoc
John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
China's plan to use internet for propaganda
Discussion: Tech Eye
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Some Thoughts On The Seed Fund Phenomenon
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The Mac Observer:
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Guillermo / Clicker Blog:
How Much Network Programming Was Actually “On Online” This Season?
Discussion: USA Today, NewTeeVee and blogs.ft.com, Thanks:oscalito
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Apple: Selling Ice Cubes to Eskimos
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack
Discussion: blogs.chron.com