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4:40 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:
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4: Consumer Reports Needs To Get It Together  —  Sometimes I want to buy something like a blender or a car or a washing machine.  And sometimes my wonderful and loving mother (her birthday is coming up) finds out because I accidentally tell her, or my dad does, or she uses that mom ESP thing …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone 4: 50% chance of an in-store fix  —  A new coating on the antenna — offered free — is the most likely scenario, says an analyst  —  In a note to clients issued Thursday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster gave the odds — and priced out — several possible outcomes of the iPhone 4 press conference …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   The New York Times Goes Nuts, Says The Government Should Regulate …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   The New York Times Algorithm & Why It Needs Government Regulation
Marissa Mayer / Financial Times:   Do not neutralise the web's endless search
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Reality Check: Modding the DROID X may not lead to a bricked phone  —  A post by p3Droid on the My Droid World forums claims to shed some light on the rumored locked bootloader of the DROID X. According to the posting, the Droid X ships with an e-fuse chip that locks the bootloader and will brick the phone if the bootloader is modified.
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple Releases iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G  —  Apple today has released iOS 4.0.1 in a bid to fix the reception issue which has been plaguing iPhone 4 users since its launch last month.  This new update addresses the reception issue which is experienced which the phone is tightly griped in the left hand.
Discussion: MacRumors, Thanks:taimurasad
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tried To Buy Palm Before HP Won The Bidding War — And RIM Completely Blew The Deal  —  The race to buy Palm earlier this year was fast and hot, with the company's bankers contacting 16 companies about the deal, including five serious potential suitors.  —  HP won the bake-off, acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion in late April.
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 …
Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.  —  “Google had a strong second quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.  “Solid growth in our core business and very strong growth …
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
The full movie trailer for Sorkin's The Social Network is out  —  The full trailer for Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's film on the origins of Facebook is out.  —  Unlike the earlier teasers, which were rather apocalyptic, this one features real footage from the film and is set to the music of a choir performing Radiohead's “Creep.”
Mike Loukides / O'Reilly Radar:
App Inventor and the culture wars  —  Google's new App Inventor gets to the heart of the cultural difference between Apple and Google.  If you haven't seen it yet, App Inventor is an experimental new SDK for the Android platform.  What's different about App Inventor is that there's practically …
Discussion: TG Daily
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Cans 1 Vs. 100 for Xbox 360 [Updated]  —  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.  More » … Hello, Ladies...the Old Spice Man Is Back and Smelling Fresher Than Ever
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Amazon accused of infringing patents with Kindle  —  Delaware (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc accused Amazon.com Inc of infringing patents covering electronic book delivery and security with its Kindle e-book reader and said the Internet retailer should be forced to pay royalties.
 
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