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7:30 PM ET, July 18, 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.
Discussion: Delimiter, Raw Meat, Memex 1.1 and 148Apps
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 …
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 …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Official statement from Research In Motion in response to Apple's …
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 …
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
Thanks:rawmeet
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.
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and TorrentFreak
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 …
Thanks:rawmeet
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 and The Atlantic Online, Thanks:rawmeet
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.)
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Fortune and CenterNetworks
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.
Jesse Lichtenstein / New York Times:
Digital Diplomacy  —  It was a Wednesday night in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, and Jared Cohen, the youngest member of the State Department's policy planning staff, and Alec Ross, the first senior adviser for innovation to the secretary of state, were taking their tweeting very seriously.
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Wi-Fi available on 1 in 3 U.S. planes