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11:20 AM 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.  —  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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
iOS 4.1 Beta Includes Apple's Announced Signal Bar Changes, New Modem Firmware
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 …
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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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 …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Increased 21 Percent in Second Quarter of 2010  —  PC Industry Experiences Third Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Growth Rates  —  Worldwide PC shipments reached 82.9 million units in the second quarter of 2010, a 20.7 percent increase from the second quarter of 2009 …
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
 
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