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11:35 PM ET, July 17, 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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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.”
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 …
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Raging, Rambling Debate About Antennagate, Followed By A Fanboy Intervention
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia: 'we prioritize antenna performance over physical design …
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.
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!
Discussion: 148Apps, App Advice, Gizmodo and SKJM Blog
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Wikileaks editor skips NYC hacker event  —  NEW YORK CITY—Julian Assange, public face of a Web site that posted a video embarrassing to the U.S. military, doesn't seem to want to get too friendly with inquisitive Homeland Security agents and skipped a speaking engagement at a hacking conference here Saturday.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gawker, Boing Boing and HOPE
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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
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
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.
 
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
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OAuth and OpenID Authentication Vulnerable To “Timing Attack”
Discussion: Computerworld and Techie Buzz
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