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7:05 AM ET, July 15, 2010

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AppleInsider:
Apple to hold iPhone 4 press conference on Friday  —  Apple this Friday will hold a press conference on its Cupertino-based campus to discuss the iPhone 4 and, presumably, the growing array of allegations from the media over the handset's reception woes.  —  No further details about the event …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How I Think The iPhone 4 Antenna Press Conference Is Going To Play Out  —  Perhaps you heard, Apple is having a little press conference on Friday.  The reason?  Officially, it's about the iPhone 4.  That's all they'll say.  But everyone knows the slightly more detailed reason: the iPhone 4′s antenna.
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 …
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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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Is How Much the New iPhone 4 Signal Bars Have Grown  —  As promised, the new iPhone system update corrects the bar signal display.  Also as promised, it provides another “enhancement”: Taller signal bars!  Free tip: If you paint flames on the back of your iPhone 4, it runs 2.3x faster.
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.
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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.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
As long as reviewing is a race, death grips will always go unnoticed
Discussion: Scripting News
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 acclaim - with commercials?  —  A team of creatives, tech geeks, marketers and writers gathered in an undisclosed location in Portland …
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Prediction: This Statement Is Going To Come Back To Bite Microsoft In The Ass  —  “It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that.”  —  That was Microsoft COO Kevin Turner during his keynote speech at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington today.
Discussion: Tech Eye, Macworld and MobileCrunch
New York Times:
With Google as Partner, Verizon May Not Need iPhone  —  It is a question that the nation's early adopters keep hearing from friends: when is the iPhone coming to Verizon?  —  The combination of the biggest cellphone carrier in the United States and Apple's smash-hit phone would certainly be a powerful one.
Discussion: ZDNet and Google Android News …
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.)
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
BBC Unveils Original U.S. News Site  —  U.K. Broadcaster Plans to Grab More Media Dollars, Not Pounds  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — At a time when many newsrooms are contracting or consolidating, the BBC is growing its editorial operations with an original news site aimed at the American audience.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Asus breaks into PC makers' Top 5  —  The maker of the tiny Eee PC Netbook has joined the giants of computing.  —  For the second quarter of 2010, Asus shipped 4.3 million PCs, good enough for 5.3 percent of the worldwide market, according to IDC.  The Taiwanese manufacturer's PC shipments …
Discussion: The Register and AppleInsider
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IDC:
PC Rebound Continues With Growth Over 22% Despite Mixed Economic …
Discussion: Gartner
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 …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Launches Channelroulette and Localroulette  —  Chatroulette introduced a number of new features this week, including local channels dubbed Localroulette that allow users to connect to other participants in the same country or region.  Another feature dubbed Channelroulette …
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Washington Post acquires iCurrent, a personal news aggregator (exclusive)  —  The Washington Post Company has acquired iCurrent, an online tool that allows users to collect news automatically according to their interest.  The purchase price was not disclosed, and while not a big deal, it was likely north of $5 million.
Discussion: paidContent and Guardian
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 …
Michael Galvez / Google Translate Blog:
Translating Wikipedia  —  We believe that translation is key to our mission of making information useful to everyone.  For example, Wikipedia is a phenomenal source of knowledge, especially for speakers of common languages such as English, German and French where there are hundreds of thousands—or millions—of articles available.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple's iPad to copy iPhone in eating up lion's share of profits  —  Financial analysts at Goldman Sachs report in graphic detail that Apple has inhaled the bulk of profits of the global mobile phone business with iPhone, and now appears poised to do the same in tablets with the iPad.
Emily Price / PC World:
Verizon Says No Droid X Shortage Thursday  —  Good news for those salivating for the Droid X; Verizon says there will be no shortage for the much anticipated phone.  Launch day for Motorola's Droid X is Thursday, and despite long delays for the HTC Droid Incredible, Verizon insists retail shoppers …
 
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