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5:00 PM ET, July 16, 2010

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple to give away free cases to iPhone 4 users  —  Apple's not really ready to say it's sorry about the iPhone 4 antenna design, but it is willing to give all you darn squeaky wheels free cases for your trouble.  Since Apple can't build its own Bumpers fast enough, it will give you a few options …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple posts iPhone 4 press conference video, ‘smartphone antenna performance’ page  —  Well, that was quick.  Not only has Apple already posted the complete video of today's iPhone 4 presser, but it's also put up a special “smartphone antenna performance” page that offers pictures …
Erick Schonfeld / MobileCrunch:
Steve Jobs: “We're Not Perfect.”  —  After starting out with a light-hearted YouTube video about “Antennagate” at the Apple press conference going on right now to address the issue (read our livenotes), CEO Steve Jobs came onstage with a mea culpa: “You know . . . we're not perfect.”
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference  —  We're on the ground at One Infinite Loop and waiting in the extremely bright sunlight to get inside.  For one day of notice, there are a surprising amount of people here.
AppleInsider:
Apple admits iPhone 4 drops more calls per 100 than iPhone 3GS  —  Apple on Friday shared a summary of dropped call data it received from wireless partner AT&T, which revealed that the iPhone 4 experiences more dropped calls than the iPhone 3GS, but at a rate less than one call per 100.
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Apple plays satirical iPhone Antenna Song at press conference
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:   That Thunk You Heard Was The iPhone Falling Off Its Pedestal
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple: iPhone 4 Antenna Software Fix Claim “Patently False”
Discussion: Fortune and ZDNet
Sebastien Page / iPhone Download Blog:
White iPhone Will Ship At the End of July in Limited Quantities
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Controversial Gizmodo iPhone Warrant  —  Today, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan granted an application by the San Mateo County D.A.'s office to withdraw the controversial warrant it obtained to search the house of Gizmodo.com journalist Jason Chen.
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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Gizmodo to Cooperate With Probe Into Lost iPhone Prototype  —  Gizmodo said it has reached an agreement with California authorities over access to some computer and other material related to an investigation of how the technology website obtained a prototype of the new Apple Inc. iPhone months before its release.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News, MacNN and PE Hub Blog
Jack Menzel / The Official Google Blog:
Deeper understanding with Metaweb  —  Over time we've improved search by deepening our understanding of queries and web pages.  The web isn't merely words—it's information about things in the real world, and understanding the relationships between real-world entities can help us deliver relevant information more quickly.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google Buys Metaweb To Bolster Answers, Google Squared & Rich Snippets
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola responds to Droid X bootloader controversy, says eFuse isn't there to break the phone  —  There's been a lot of chatter going around the interwebs in the past 24 hours about the Droid X's exceptionally well-locked bootloader — a situation that is going to make running custom ROMs considerably …
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PC World:
Droid X Sells Out Despite Verizon Preparation  —  The Motorola Droid X is sold out online and in certain parts of the country at retail Verizon and Best Buy stores, despite Verizon Wireless' insistence on Wednesday that it would have plenty of the phones in stock.
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.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Home Brings Bookmarks, Open Tabs & History to iPhone
Discussion: Download Squad and GeekSmack
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The iPhone 4 Redux: Analyzing Apple's iOS 4.0.1 Signal Fix & Antenna Issue  —  In case you haven't noticed, the iPhone 4's antenna design has come under considerable scrutiny.  In our iPhone 4 review, we investigated the iPhone 4 antenna and came to two conclusions.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs  —  After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown.  Now it appears that a free blogging platform …
Discussion: Geekosystem, Techdirt and Geek.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Spent $100 Million Defending Against Viacom's $1 Billion Lawsuit  —  How much did Google spend to fend off Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit?  On today's earnings call, CFO Patrick Pichette revealed that Google's legal bills for the case amounted to $100 million, and that was before it went to trial.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
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Bloomberg:
Nokia Board Faces Call for Change on $77 Billion Lost Value
Matt Carter / Inman News:
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Venture Capital Investing Up 34 Percent To $6.5 Billion In Q2