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6:20 PM ET, July 14, 2010

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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.
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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.
MobileCrunch:
Nope, iOS 4.1 doesn't fix the iPhone 4's death grip antenna issue.
Discussion: MacRumors and TechCrunch
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter's EarlyBird Takes Flight With Disney Movie Deal; Groupon And Gilt To Come
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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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Anastasia Ustinova / Industries:
Microsoft Says 12th Alleged Russian Spy Was Employee
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 …
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.
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.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
WordPress And Thesis Go To Battle.  Mullenweg May Sue.  —  WordPress is the world's most popular blogging platform.  Long the product of choice for writers big and small, Wordpress is the online content king.  —  Under the surface of the giant however, there is tension between …
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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.
IDC:
PC Rebound Continues With Growth Over 22% Despite Mixed Economic Outlook, According to IDC  —  Despite rising worries over sovereign debt and the pace of economic recovery, the global PC market grew 22.4% in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), in-line with forecasted growth of 22.9% …
Discussion: Computerworld
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.)
Discussion: TechCrunch, mocoNews and The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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.
Yun-Hee Kim / Digits:
Apple Drives Chip Sales, Too  —  The popularity of Apple's new iPad and iPhone has driven up sales for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company, but it's not only Apple that's celebrating.  —  Asian component makers — those that make chips and touch-screens used in Apple's devices and other similiar gadgets …
Discussion: Computerworld and AppleInsider
 
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