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5:40 AM 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:
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.”
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 …
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 Extravagana.  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
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.”
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple shipping redesigned iPhone in October?  —  Another interesting comment from the Q&A.  —  Connie at Bloomberg (The very same with the “Bulls**t story about the antenna"): “Why Sept. 30 for case limit?”  Answer from Jobs: “We just are going to wait and see, maybe we'll have a better idea.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference
AppleInsider:
Apple admits iPhone 4 drops more calls per 100 than iPhone 3GS
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”
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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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.”
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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Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Eyes Mouse Movement as Possible Search Relevancy Signal  —  Google Granted Patent for Relevancy Based on Pointer Activity  —  Google was granted an interesting patent today.  The title is “System and method for modulating search relevancy using pointer activity monitoring”.
Discussion: Engadget
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Graffiti for Android scribbles Palm OS memories all over Google's platform  —  Gather around the campfire, children, as we tell you a story from or youth.  You see, back in our day, we carried around PDAs driven by Palm's operating system (no, not that one).
 
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