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9:55 AM ET, July 14, 2010

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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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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Why Apple—and not its customers—should fix the iPhone 4  —  In our reporting and a video yesterday, we made the point that the signal drop that iPhone 4 customers have observed when they hold their phones the “wrong” way is real—and we've called on Apple to do something about it.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Total Recall Or Total Bull?  Some Perspective On The iPhone 4 Antenna Frenzy  —  Given the amount of coverage about the iPhone 4 antenna issue, you'd think it was the first sign of the apocalypse or something.  It's one thing for tech blogs to talk ourselves in circles about an issue …
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.
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:
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Kara Swisher / CNET News:
Facebook's Russian investor gets $388 million infusion  —  Naspers, a South African international media group, says one of its subsidiaries is taking a nearly 30 percent stake in Digital Sky Technologies.  —  Russia-based DST has made a splash in Silicon Valley by investing massive gobs …
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 …
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.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts  —  As millions of Americans have fallen behind on paying their bills, debt collection law firms have been clogging courtrooms with lawsuits seeking repayment.  —  Few have been as prolific as Cohen & Slamowitz, a Woodbury, N.Y. …
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.
Discussion: The Next Web
The Mac Observer:
Apple Responds to Psystar Appeal in Mac Clone Battle  —  News about Psystar's appeal battle against Apple over Mac clones has been thin thanks to the PC maker's move to keep its Opening Brief sealed.  Apple's Answering Brief, however, wasn't sealed and offers some insight into Psystar's tactics.
Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile launching HSPA+ service in 19 cities on July 21st, offering HSPA+ netbook  —  We just received a heads up that T-Mobile will be rolling out some HSPA+ insanity speeds to the following markets on July 21st:  — Austin, TX  — Baltimore, MD  — Birmingham, AL  — Cincinnati, OH
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Rumors about OLED iPad resurface  —  Apple reportedly plans to launch its second-generation iPad, using 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels, as soon as in the fourth quarter of 2010 with Compal Electronics having a chance to receive the orders, according to sources from component makers.
John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
China's plan to use internet for propaganda  —  BEIJING: The Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy for transforming the internet into a force for keeping it in power and projecting “soft power” abroad.  —  An internal speech by China's top internet official …
Discussion: Tech Eye
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 …
Jeremy Wagstaff / Wall Street Journal:
A New Way to Outwit Internet Fraudsters  —  The PassWindow Contains No Moving Parts but Provides Users Authentication Codes for Online Transactions  —  SINGAPORE—Matt Walker, 34-year-old creator of the online authentication tool PassWindow, exhibits many of the familiar traits of the inventor …
 
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Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On The Seed Fund Phenomenon
Discussion: BlindReason, Thanks:atul
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Discussion: USA Today and blogs.ft.com, Thanks:oscalito
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Apple: Selling Ice Cubes to Eskimos
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Brand Marketing Firm Involver Launches ‘AMP’ Social Media Dashboard
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How your cell phone's autocorrect software works, and why it's getting better.
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
Google's Washington Influence Is Spreading, Some Say Too Much
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Intel has its best quarter ever, brings in $2.9b profit
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Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
ASCAP's attack on Creative Commons
Discussion: Techdirt, hypebot, TeleRead and Boing Boing
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Brings Picnik to Picasa Web Albums
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
AdMob CEO: Apple not enforcing ad restrictions