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7:50 AM ET, July 18, 2010

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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:
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple's condescending iPhone 4 press conference.  —  On Thursday, I hoped that Apple CEO Steve Jobs would admit there's a problem with the new iPhone's antenna and apologize for pretending there wasn't.  I didn't get that apology.  Not even close.  Instead, in a defensive press conference …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Reactions to Steve Jobs' performance  —  A sampling of opinions — the good, the bad and the ugly  —  Given how much attention Apple (AAPL) was getting before Steve Jobs' “Antennagate” press conference Friday — CNBC greeted it with a countdown clock and eight simultaneous talking heads …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
HTC: Droid Eris complaints nothing compared to iPhone 4  —  EXCLUSIVE: HTC starts its fightback against Apple  —  While HTC?hasn't yet come back with an official comment in respect to Apple's decision to highlight the Droid Eris' performance at its emergency 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.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AwayFind Makes Sure You See The Emails That Matter  —  Email overload is a problem that's as common as it is difficult to solve.  Fortunately, everyone know it's a problem, and there are plenty of startups (and webmail providers themselves) looking to fix it.  One recent entry to the space is AwayFind.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Raging, Rambling Debate About Antennagate, Followed By A Fanboy Intervention
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
You Want My Personal Data?  Reward Me for It  —  LIFE, as they say, imitates art.  And the way things work commercially today across much of the Web recalls that chapter in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” where Tom cajoles his guileless friends into whitewashing Aunt Polly's fence.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
As Older Users Join Facebook, Network Grapples With Death  —  Courtney Purvin got a shock when she visited Facebook last month.  The site was suggesting that she get back in touch with an old family friend who played piano at her wedding four years ago.  —  The friend had died in April.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Thanks:rawmeet
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign  —  Last night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board decided declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band.  More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it.  This is how the Internet's worst trolls works.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Wikileaks editor skips NYC hacker event  —  Jacob Appelbaum, Wikileaks contributor and Tor Project programmer, speaking at HOPE hacker conference in Manhattan on Saturday.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET)  —  NEW YORK CITY—A Wikileaks editor, deciding not to risk a confrontation with federal agents …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gawker, Boing Boing and HOPE
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iChatr (Chatroulette) yanked from App Store, supposedly people ‘exposed themselves’  —  Are you sitting down?  You might want to go find a chair.  Apple removed the Chatroulette-like app, iChatr from the App Store, because people were inappropriately exposing themselves?  NO WAY!
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple says it takes 3 years to get a new cell tower in San Francisco
Discussion: The Angry Drunk and Electronista
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is the Difference Between MySpace and Facebook Black and White?
Discussion: broadstuff
Janet Novack / Forbes:
Academic Study: eBay Sellers Shirk Sales Tax Law
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Wi-Fi available on 1 in 3 U.S. planes
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
OAuth and OpenID Authentication Vulnerable To “Timing Attack”
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Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Eyes Mouse Movement as Possible Search Relevancy Signal
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Kim Hart / The Politico:
Google search: Political power
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Will Announce 500 Million Users Next Week With …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Gawker Media Deals Its Way Out of iPhone Search Warrant
Discussion: everythingiCafe and PC World
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Graffiti for Android scribbles Palm OS memories all over Google's platform