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3:30 PM ET, July 17, 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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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Official statement from Research In Motion in response to Apple's iPhone 4 Antennagate propaganda!  —  I hoped this was coming.  Here it is.  A joint statement from RIM Co-CEOs in response to misleading comments from Apple made Friday by Steve Jobs at the iPhone 4 press conference:
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Inside Apple's ‘black lab’ wireless testing facilities  —  It's not surprising that after Apple finished explaining the iPhone 4 antenna issues to the press today, the company wanted to go one step further and say “yes, actually, we do test the hell out of these phones before we release them to the public.”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Raging, Rambling Debate About Antennagate, Followed By A Fanboy Intervention  —  I had a theory about today's Apple iPhone 4 Press Extravaganza.  Apple was just too eager to get all the press that cares about Apple stuff into one room at the same time on one day's notice.
Discussion: MacStories and Daring Fireball
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple says it takes 3 years to get a new cell tower in San Francisco  —  Lingering reception issues in San Francisco, Calif., are exceptionally difficult to rectify because the local approval process for a new cellular tower takes an average of 3 years, Apple revealed Friday.
Discussion: Electronista and PC World
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia: ‘we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict’  —  Nokia's looking to ride the mojo of any negative fallout from today's Apple press conference, slipping out a rather fascinating statement this afternoon.  The gist of it is that Espoo's keen …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
That Thunk You Heard Was The iPhone Falling Off Its Pedestal
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Gawker Media Deals Its Way Out of iPhone Search Warrant  —  A California court has granted the request of local prosecutors to withdraw a controversial search warrant against an editor for the tech site Gizmodo over its scoop about the iPhone 4G.  —  Prosecutors reached an agreement with Thomas Nolan …
Discussion: everythingiCafe and PC World
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Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Controversial Gizmodo iPhone Warrant
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is the Difference Between MySpace and Facebook Black and White?  —  Is the rise of Facebook a result of “white flight” away from MySpace?  That's the argument made by sociologist Danah Boyd, in a chapter from a yet-to-be-released anthology (PDF link) on the issue of race and how it affects the way we behave online.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Will Announce 500 Million Users Next Week With “Facebook Stories”  —  Facebook confirmed that it expects to announce its 500-millionth user next week, and will mark the occasion with new consumer marketing initiative called “Facebook Stories.”
Janet Novack / Forbes:
Academic Study: eBay Sellers Shirk Sales Tax Law  —  Economists' findings come as states and Congress look for new ways to collect tax on Internet sales.  —  Sales tax collection compliance among eBay sellers is “alarmingly low,” says a new academic study published as states look for ammunition to bolster tax-collection laws.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Wi-Fi available on 1 in 3 U.S. planes  —  No longer rare, the service is gradually being added on more passenger jets, but VoIP a no-no  —  Computerworld - Wi-Fi service is offered on more than one-third of the nation's passenger planes, so it's no longer rare to see travelers connecting to the Internet in midflight.
 
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