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12:40 AM ET, July 19, 2010

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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 …
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Antennagate: If you can't fix it, feature it!  —  ...and don't diss your customer, or the media!  —  Rewind the clock to June 7th 2010.  Steve's on stage at the WWDC in San Francisco.  He's introducing the iPhone 4 and proudly shows off the new external antenna design.
Larry Hardesty / MITnews:
Broadband picture may not be so bleak  —  In March, the Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan, in which it reported that “the actual download speed experienced on broadband connections in American households is approximately 40-50% of the advertised ‘up to’ speed to which they subscribe.”
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
WSJ's Mossberg wants a broadband plan with teeth
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Washington Post:
A new America through broadband
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Malatesta / WMExperts:
All KIN sales being stopped, being sent back tomorrow (July 18th)  —  We already know that Verizon and Microsoft have pulled the plug on the whole KIN series (see our review), the question then becomes what to do about existing supplies?  —  We're getting word, confirmed though two sources …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon's LTE rollout is imminent, computers updated for 4G SIM cards  —  We just got some alleged (but very convincing) internal documents on Verizon's 4G plans, and it's mostly stuff we've already heard — 5-12Mbps down, aircards before smartphones, and plans to roll out in 30 cities in 2010.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Web host shut down 73,000 blogs a mystery  —  Blogetery.com, a little-known WordPress platform used by more than 70,000 blogs, was shut down by its Web hosting company mroe than a week ago and nobody seems willing to say why or who is responsible.  —  BurstNet, the Web-hosting company …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Conan O'Brien's Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet  —  Back in January Conan O'Brien was supposed to come to San Francisco for a SF Sketchfest Tribute and Q&A about his career.  And then, he lost his dream job as he said, “s**t really hit the fan” and he had to cancel.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel needs to build its own iPad, iPhone  —  Intel is wasting precious time waiting for its “partners” to build the equivalent of an iPad and iPhone.  —  In the wake of Intel's hiring of a former Palm and Apple executive Mike Bell, Intel should short-circuit the ugly process of watching customers …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The End of Location Based Applications ?  —  I just invested in a company that takes video of an area and can tell you exactly how many people are in the capture area at any given time.  It's great for traffic patterns, security, and much more.  We are posting cameras in certain environments …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Four Business Tips From Apple & Steve Jobs  —  This morning, Apple hosted a press event which included a 45-minute Q&A session with CEO Steve Jobs.  (Watch the video.)  Jobs, who returned from a vacation in Hawaii to host this conference, was pretty open (i.e. he was spinning a little less and was fractionally more candid.)
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: CNET News, eSarcasm and The Atlantic Online, Thanks:rawmeet
Kevin Parrish / Tom's Guide:
Browser Plug-In Will Delete Your Ex From Internet  —  Here's a good way to banish that heart-breaker—or stalker—from your side of the Internet.  —  So you—a studly guy looking for a date—were talked into the whole Internet match-making deal and reluctantly set up an online profile.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Gizmodo
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In a World of Online News, Burnout Starts Younger  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — In most newsrooms, the joke would have been obvious.  —  It was April Fools' Day last year, and Politico's top two editors sent an e-mail message to their staff advising of a new 5 a.m. start time for all reporters.
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.
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Esther Dyson / The Huffington Post:
Release 9.0: User-Managed Privacy Tools
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