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2:45 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.”
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.
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
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
That Thunk You Heard Was The iPhone Falling Off Its Pedestal
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Fortune and CNET News
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
OAuth and OpenID Authentication Vulnerable To “Timing Attack”  —  Authentication systems employed by large websites such as Twitter and Digg could be at risk after researchers have discovered a basic flaw that could crack a large number of open-source software libraries wide open leaving …
Discussion: Computerworld and Techie Buzz
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
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 …
 
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