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1:25 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
Matt Graves / Twitter Blog:
@earlybird: Ready to Fly  —  Businesses already use Twitter as a great way to connect people with special promotions.  People already use Twitter to find and share deals on their favorite products & services.  —  Last week, we unveiled @earlybird, a new account that brings those worlds together …
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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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says 12th Alleged Russian Spy Was Employee in Redmond  —  Microsoft Corp. said the 12th alleged member of a Russian spy ring operating in the U.S. was an employee at the company's Redmond, Washington, headquarters.  —  The man, a Russian citizen in his early 20s named Alexey Karetnikov …
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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.
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
iPhone 4 demand explodes, BlackBerry ain't sexy  —  Despite its problems, Apple's iPhone 4 has hit the ground running, with huge numbers of consumers planning to grab themselves an iPhone.  —  Has Apple's iPhone defined the smartphone market?  Not entirely, but it leads the pack, the latest Changewave survey confirms.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
DigiTimes:
Acer to offer 7-, 10-inch tablet PCs in 4Q10  —  Acer will launch a 7-inch and a 10-inch tablet PC in the fourth quarter, both based on the ARM architecture and Android, according to sources from notebook players.  Acer is talking with mobile telecom carriers for cooperation to market the two models, the sources added.
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
Jonathan Christensen / Developer:
SkypeKit now available for Mac and Windows developers  —  A few weeks ago, we announced SkypeKit, a new software development kit that enables hardware and software makers to add Skype functionality to their devices and applications.  At that time, we introduced a version of SkypeKit …
Discussion: CNET News, Macworld, SlashGear and Erictric
Sebastien Page / iPhone Download Blog:
GeoHot Says Goodbye To The Jailbreak Community  —  It seems GeoHot is done with the iPhone jailbreak community.  After teasing us with what ended up being a fake iPhone 4 jailbreak, GeoHot put an end to it all by completely shutting down his Twitter account.  Additionally, he made his blog an invite-only place.
Discussion: eXophase.com …
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’
 
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China's plan to use internet for propaganda
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Apple Responds to Psystar Appeal in Mac Clone Battle
Guillermo / Clicker Blog:
How Much Network Programming Was Actually “On Online” This Season?
Discussion: USA Today, blogs.ft.com and NewTeeVee, Thanks:oscalito
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