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10:20 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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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.
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.  —  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 …
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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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.
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft exec mocks iPhone 4, dubs it Apple's Vista
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
OpenSolaris board in OpenRevolt against Oracle  —  One of Sun Microsystems' ambitious dreams, a vibrant open-source community for the Solaris operating system to rival the Linux collective, is in serious danger of evaporating in the Oracle era.  —  Oracle is committed to Solaris …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Apple OS Grows By 36 Percent In June, Android Up By 23 Percent  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media, which claims that its network reaches 82 percent of 72 million mobile web users in the U.S., is reporting that globally, Apple OS requests are up by 36 percent in June, after dropping 33 percent in May.
Mike Clendenin / InformationWeek:
Beijing Cracks Down On Piracy  —  More than a third of the city's 1500 registered Internet cafes will be indicted on suspicion of copyright infringement.  —  More than a third of the 1500 registered Internet cafes in Beijing have been or will soon be indicted on suspicion of piracy, according to local media reports.
 
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