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5:15 AM ET, July 16, 2010

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The New York Times Algorithm & Why It Needs Government Regulation  —  The New York Times is the number one newspaper web site.  Analysts reckon it ranks first in reach among US opinion leaders.  When the New York Times editorial staff tweaks its supersecret algorithm behind what to cover …
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Adam Kovacevich / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our op-ed: Regulating what is “best” in search?  —  Google's Marissa Mayer wrote in the Financial Times today about the impact for consumers of governments potentially regulating search results.  Because the article is behind the FT's paywall, we thought we'd share the complete text here …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Google Exec Says It's A Good Idea: Open The Index And Speed Up The Internet
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Apple Is Not Expected to Recall Troubled iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Apple prepared to address the mounting controversy surrounding the antenna of the iPhone 4, one thing appeared clear: the company does not plan to recall the popular device.  —  A person with direct knowledge of Apple's plans …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone 4: 50% chance of an in-store fix
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.
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Get Firefox Home on Your iPhone!  —  We are happy to announce that the wait is over.  —  Firefox Home, a free application, is now available for download on your iPhone or iPod Touch.  —  Firefox Home provides access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone.
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 …
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google earnings: A mixed bag but confidence about future
Discussion: AdAge
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Says Bloomberg iPhone 4 “Antennagate” Report Is “Simply Not True”
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Windows Phone 7: Don't bother with this disaster  —  Microsoft's demos of its great mobile hope shows Windows Phone 7 to be only a tepid knockoff of a 2007-era iPhone  —  There's no kind way to say it: Windows Phone 7 will be a failure.  Announced to much bravado in February as the platform …
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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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 …
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
HTC's Plan For Smartphone Domination  —  For most of HTC's existence, it was a little-known cellphone manufacturer making more Windows Mobile phones than anyone else in the world.  Now the Taiwanese company has ambitions to create its own brand and be recognized as making the best Android smartphones.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
MySpace gets a huge update with really slick profile pages.  —  Yes, really.  —  The social media maven that time seems to have forgotten has perhaps just thrown down the gauntlet in the world of social profiles.  To be honest, this is the one place where MySpace always really excelled, and something that Facebook is sorely missing.
Discussion: Mashable
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
‘Junkware’ comes standard on Verizon, T-Mobile smart phones  —  Remember the golden days of personal computing when you'd bring home that expensive wonder box, remove the machine from its Styrofoam swaddling, plug it in, switch it on and — hey!  What's this?  —  AOL?  Quicken SE?
Discussion: Internet2Go, Thanks:electricwaffles
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues To Help You Figure Out Who Exactly Is Following You  —  It looks like Twitter's notification emails that are sent when you have a new follower are getting a much-needed makeover.  A search on Twitter has confirmed that the new emails are being rolled out to users.
Laura June / Engadget:
Android Market now has 100,000 apps, passes 1 billion download mark (update: Google says 70K)  —  Well, it may not come as a huge surprise considering all the steam Android's picked up over the past few years, but it's a landmark nonetheless: according to AndroLib's data, the Market now has 100,000 apps available for download.
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 when the phone is tightly griped in the left hand.
Discussion: MacRumors and Elliott C. Back, Thanks:taimurasad
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google News Brings Back Its Old Home Page ... Kinda  —  In response to sometimes loud and angry user feedback, Google News has tweaked its home page tonight — and one of the new features is very reminiscent of the old version of Google News.  —  Just announced tonight are several feature changes …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ze Frank Gets $500,000 To Play Games From Andreessen Horowitz, Betaworks, And Ron Conway  —  Ze Frank, the video blogger and performance artist, is getting $500,000 from a band of super angels and VCs to play games.  His stealth startup Ze Frank Games (there isn't even a Website for it yet) …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Billionaire Paul Allen to give the majority of his money to charity  —  Billionaire Paul Allen said today that he plans to give away the majority of his money to charity, following in the footsteps of his Microsoft co-founder and celebrated philanthropist Bill Gates.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP shutting its Cupertino campuses and moving employees to Palo Alto (internal memo)  —  As its Silicon Valley workforce changes, Hewlett-Packard has decided to consolidate its employees at its Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters.  —  The world's largest computer company has gone through big changes …
Discussion: Digital Trends
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Venture Capital Investing Up 34 Percent To $6.5 Billion In Q2
Discussion: Associated Press and PE Hub Blog
Steve Blank:
Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO's and VC's)
Discussion: Lessons Learned and Inc.com, Thanks:atul
Mathieas McNaughton / Tubefilter News:
The Rise and Fall of Bebo: The Video Network That Could Have Been (Part 1)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MySpace acquiring team and assets of social messaging service Threadbox (exclusive)
Discussion: paidContent
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Spotify ‘growing healthily and on track for US launch’
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Ford Sync voice recognition explodes to more than 10,000 commands
Discussion: Technologizer, Gizmodo, Engadget and GigaOM
Agence France Presse:
Tokyo trials digital billboards that scan passers-by
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4: Consumer Reports Needs To Get It Together
Discussion: Bits, Gearlog and Oddly Together
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Begins Testing Bing Powered Results This Month
Discussion: MediaPost and Techie Buzz
Mike Loukides / O'Reilly Radar:
App Inventor and the culture wars
Discussion: Smarterware
AppleInsider:
US Sen. Schumer writes letter to Apple CEO over iPhone 4 antenna