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1:30 PM ET, July 15, 2010

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Bloomberg:
Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls  —  Apple Inc.'s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna could lead to dropped calls, a person familiar with the matter said.
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AppleInsider:
US Sen. Schumer writes letter to Apple CEO over iPhone 4 antenna  —  Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer on Thursday issued an open letter to Steve Jobs regarding the iPhone 4 antenna issues, calling Apple's current solutions “insufficient” and asking the company to provide a free fix for consumers.
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 …
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.
Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Apple's Bumper case alleviates the iPhone 4 signal-loss problem
DigiTimes:
Apple readies 11.6-inch MacBook Air and new iPod touch  —  Apple is ready to launch a new generation MacBook Air featuring an 11.6-inch display and Intel Core i-series ultra-low voltage processor in the second half of 2010, as well as a new iPod touch in August or September.
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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iOS 4.0.1 Being Released Today?  —  iPhoneHellas.gr claims that iOS 4.0.1 will be released today.  They cite a “reliable” source for the information.  The site, itself, has been proven to be reliable in the past with this kind of information.  They previously pinpointed the exact release date of iPhone OS 2.2 over a week in advance.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Nope, iOS 4.1 doesn't fix the iPhone 4's death grip antenna issue.
Arn / MacRumors:
iOS 4.1 Beta Includes Apple's Announced Signal Bar Changes, New Modem Firmware
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Apple's FaceTime coming to iPod touch, iPad, we detail how  —  One of our reliable Apple connections (not Jason Burford) just let us know some pretty fantastic news.  It's been widely assumed that Apple will start to roll out their FaceTime real-time communication protocol …
Devin Coldewey / MobileCrunch:
Droid X actually self-destructs if you try to mod it  —  Well, I might have recommended a Droid X for big-phone-lovin' fandroids out there... but now that I've read about Motorola's insane eFuse security system, I'm going to have to give this one a big fat DON'T BUY on principle.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: HP's Android Tablet Tabled  —  Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems.  Among them, an Android device that was supposed to arrive at market in the fourth quarter of 2010.  But no longer.  Sources in position to know tell …
New York Times:
The Google Algorithm  —  Google handles nearly two-thirds of Internet search queries worldwide.  Analysts reckon that most Web sites rely on the search engine for half of their traffic.  When Google engineers tweak its supersecret algorithm — as they do hundreds of times a year …
Discussion: The Precursor Blog
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   The New York Times Goes Nuts, Says The Government Should Regulate …
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.
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.
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Cans 1 Vs. 100 for Xbox 360  —  Just as we suspected, Microsoft confirmed today that there will be no third season for their Xbox 360 version of 1 Vs. 100 and that the game won't be returning.  —  “When we started on this journey, we knew we were creating an entirely new genre …
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 …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook refuses to take down tribute page to killer  —  Raoul Moat used to be the doorman at a nightclub and became famous in the U.K. during the past two weeks because he shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend, shot and killed her new boyfriend, and shot and blinded a policeman.
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Begins Testing Bing Powered Results This Month  —  Yahoo sent out an email discussing some of the organic Yahoo-to-Bing transition topics that are on the mind of their advertisers.  The email goes over typical questions and tips but adds some additional insight into launch and testing dates.
 
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