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10:00 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.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple has ‘Verizon cell sites on campus,’ Heavily testing Verizon iPhone?  —  During this morning's iPhone 4 antenna press conference, an answer from Jobs during the Question and Answer sessions struck us hard.  According to Jobs, Apple has Verizon cell sites at their Cupertino campus.
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:   That Thunk You Heard Was The iPhone Falling Off Its Pedestal
AppleInsider:
Apple admits iPhone 4 drops more calls per 100 than iPhone 3GS
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Apple plays satirical iPhone Antenna Song at press conference
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple: iPhone 4 Antenna Software Fix Claim “Patently False”
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
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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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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John Markoff / Bits:
A Field Trip to an Apple Lab  —  In the wake of a hastily-called press conference to defend its popular iPhone 4 smart phone this morning, Apple invited 11 reporters (including me) to visit one of its wireless testing labs.  —  Like students on a field trip, we were escorted across the street …
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Apple's $100 Million iPhone Test Chambers  —  At today's event, Steve Jobs gave the audience a glimpse of the the space-age chambers that Apple uses to test its prototype iPhones.  Apple posted the pictures and, as MG Siegler said, it's basically Professor X's brain scan room.  Updated
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 …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Introducing The Boxee Box, Bringing Web Video To Your Television  —  Boxee, the New York City startup focused on bringing web video to your television, has finally unveiled the final version of the Boxee Box, which goes on sale this fall.  —  Chief Product Officer Zach Klein shows off the final product here:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Pioneer Behind @ComcastCares, Frank Eliason, Resigns  —  Frank Eliason, the man behind the ballyhooed Twitter account @comcastcares, announced his resignation from giant cable and internet provider Comcast this afternoon.  Companies interested in social media, and that's just about all companies …
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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