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12:20 PM ET, July 23, 2010

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AppleInsider:
Apple officially launches iPhone 4 Case Program via App Store  —  As promised, Apple on Friday launched its iPhone 4 Case Program, granting free cases to customers who buy a phone through Sept. 30, and refunding those who already bought a protective “bumper” through an iPhone application.
AppleInsider:
Users report Bluetooth connectivity, quality issues with iOS 4  —  Users of iOS 4 on both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS say their handset has constantly dropped wireless Bluetooth connections with both headsets and in-car systems.  —  Numerous users contacted AppleInsider to say that they have experienced …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Momentum Continues: 175 Million Licenses Sold  —  Today is earnings day and Windows continues to have a strong showing.  We announced a new milestone in Windows 7 sales - 175 million copies.  This continues our record breaking pace of more than 7 copies sold per second.
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Is Flipboard Legal?  —  Social news app Flipboard was yesterday's hot new app, despite—or perhaps because of—technical problems that prevented some features from working.  But there might be a bigger snag: Is Flipboard scraping content it doesn't have the rights to?
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Stowe Boyd:
The Flipboard Dilemma: Who Owns User Experience?
Discussion: MarketingVOX and MediaFile
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google misses deadline for high-profile L.A. contract  —  Security concerns leave thousands of city employees with Novell technology  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Roughly nine months after Google Inc. edged out rival Microsoft Corp. to win a high-profile contract to supply email …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple: White iPhone 4 Delayed Until Later This Year Due To Manufacturing Challenges  —  Looks like you'll have to wait a little longer for the White iPhone 4.  Apple just released a statement saying that the white model of the new iPhone won't be available until later in 2010.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Delaying White iPhone 4 So It Can Fix The Antenna Problem?
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless Q2, data revenue up 23.8%, 92.1 million customers  —  Verizon Communications, Inc. has just announced their Q2 earnings, and included in the massive statement is the results for Verizon Wireless (a venture owned by both Verizon Communications and Vodafone).  What did Q2 look like for Big Red?
Discussion: ZDNet
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft urges its workers to be Windows Phone app hobbyists  —  Android and iPhone have become the mobile app platforms of choice for many software developers, but Microsoft is hoping to leverage its tech-savvy employee base to help build its Windows Phone marketplace.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Disney About To Acquire Playdom  —  Disney and social gaming startup Playdom are in “very” late stage acquisition discussions, we've heard from, oh, about seven independent sources, including sources close to Playdom, over the last several days.  Internally the two parties have referred to the deal as …
BBC News:
BBC News iPhone and iPad app launches in the UK  —  Versions of the apps are already available worldwide  —  A BBC News app for the iPhone and iPad has been launched in the UK today, the BBC has announced.  —  The free-to-download apps for Apple products were originally due to be made available in April 2010.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Rescuing Nokia?  A former exec has a radical plan  —  The Risku Manifesto - now in English  —  Interview A couple of months ago, a book appeared in Finland which has become a minor sensation.  In the book, a former senior Nokia executive gives his diagnosis of the company, and prescribes some radical and surprising solutions.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Tracking the National Mood Through Twitter  —  A Twitter mood map, showing emotions at 4:00 a.m. East Coast time.  Greener areas indicate happiness, red ones unhappiness.  —  If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, send a tweet.  —  By gauging the mood of messages …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
New Microsoft, ARM licensing agreement; Could a Windows Phone tablet be coming?  —  Microsoft and ARM announced on July 23 that the two have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM architecure, extending the relationship between the two companies.  —  The pair aren't sharing any details …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
WebOS 2.0 Coming Later This Year, HP's Windows 7 Slate To Be An Enterprise Product  —  Some interesting news from Fortune's Brainstorm conference: HP VP Todd Bradley says that the company's Windows 7-running tablet, the one Steve Ballmer showed off at CES, will not be a consumer-focused product.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook ‘Suspects’ Zuckerberg Contract Was ‘Forged’  —  Facebook says it “strongly suspects” forgery is involved in a contract showing its founder Mark Zuckerberg signed away more than half the rights to Facebook for $1,000 in 2003.  The suit to take over the company seven years later is “absurd,” the company said Thursday.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Amazon Mobile Sales Topped $1 Billion In Past 12 Months  —  Jeff Bezos is bullish on mobile, whether it's Kindles, smartphones or what he calls the “new category” of wireless tablet computers.  Why?  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) customers spent more than $1 billion via mobile device in the past 12 months …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Clicker Adds Mobile Apps, Social Sharing, And Check-Ins To TV Guide For Online Video
Discussion: Fortune, NewTeeVee, VatorNews and paidContent, Thanks:oscalito
Dina Bass / Business Week:
Microsoft Crosses Swords with Pirates
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gizmodo Australia
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T begins transition of acquired Verizon Wireless assets
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Hollywood: Google TV would put us on board big pirate ship
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Yahoo! News
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Baidu hacking lawsuit allowed to proceed
Discussion: PC World
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Tornado Unleashes Version 1.0 on The Web
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 manufacturers: ASUS, Dell …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Facebook Adds Team Focused on Games, Plans New Communication Channels System
Brendan Gallagher / AviationWeek.com:
Flight Data Recorders Could Go Online
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Atlantic Online