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9:35 PM ET, July 14, 2010

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to hold special iPhone 4 press conference on Friday  —  Apple on Wednesday invited select press to a special press conference to be held this Friday in California.  —  Apple would only say that the press conference would be regarding the iPhone 4.  No other information was available when I spoke with them tonight.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft exec mocks iPhone 4, dubs it Apple's Vista  —  Consumer Reports urges Apple to provide free cases to all iPhone 4 owners  —  Computerworld - A top Microsoft executive today compared Apple's iPhone 4 to his own company's problem-plagued Vista operating system.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Video: David Letterman's Top 10 Signs You've Purchased A Bad iPhone 4  —  Okay, the iPhone 4 death grip fiasco has official hit a new level now that it's a late night punch line.  There's no turning back after both Letterman here in the states and Top Gear across the pond have both done bits on it.
Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Apple's Bumper case alleviates the iPhone 4 signal-loss problem  —  Apple's Bumper, a frame-like cover sold by the company to add a “dash of style” to the iPhone 4, has been flagged by some bloggers and consumers as a possible fix for the phone's signal-loss problem.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Every week Apple doesn't act on iPhone 4 antenna could cost $200M
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:   As long as reviewing is a race, death grips will always go unnoticed
John Gapper / John Gapper's Business Blog:
The iPhone 4 bruises Apple's industrial design
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Nope, iOS 4.1 doesn't fix the iPhone 4's death grip antenna issue.  —  And now, to answer the question that's on everyone's mind: Does the just released iOS 4.1 update fix the iPhone 4's death grip issue — or at least appear to?  —  No, no it does not.  At least in our testing of iOS 4.1 …
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Arn / MacRumors:
iOS 4.1 Beta Includes Apple's Announced Signal Bar Changes, New Modem Firmware  —  The new iOS 4.1 beta that was just released today to developers appears to include the signal bar changes that Apple had previously described: … The new signal bars appear slightly taller than the previous ones …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made  —  How do you take the social web by storm in a day, winning over even the coldest of hearts and gaining international aclaim - with commercials?  —  A team of creatives, tech geeks, marketers and writers gathered in an undisclosed location in Portland …
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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) …
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 …
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Founders Take Home $4.6 Million From Series B Round  —  The SEC filing for Foursquare's $20 million Series B round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, just hit the wire.  —  From the filing, we learn:  — The total offering is actually $19,999,996.  (The other $4 must have gone to Starbucks.)
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Trouble at Twitter Inc.  —  Running Twitter Inc. sounds like any entrepreneur's dream: Cash flows freely.  The press is smitten.  Celebrity users abound.  But CEO and co-founder Evan Williams is said to be on the verge of being ousted from his microblogging paradise.  —  These should be Williams' glory days.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Product Management Software Company Atlassian Takes A Huge, $60 Million First Round Of Funding From Accel  —  It is not often that a company's first round of venture funding comes in at $60 million and eight years after it was founded with $10,000 worth of credit card debt.
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.
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Evernote, the startup that augments your memory, launches an app store  —  Evernote, a Mountain View-based startup devoted to helping people remember everything, is maturing as a platform with the launch of an app store today.  —  Called Trunk, the store has about 100 apps or add-ons from 67 companies …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Multiple Accounts Sign in  —  Google tests a feature that allows you to sign in to multiple Google accounts in the same browser.  Multiple sign-in only works for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Code, but it's likely that other Google services …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Hulu Plus launches on PS3, exclusive to Sony's console through 2010  —  The Sony Defense Force has reason to celebrate today, as the circle is now complete — where Netflix HD once spited PS3 for Xbox 360, today Hulu Plus has chosen the PlayStation for limited console exclusivity through the end of the year.
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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