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11:30 AM 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 …
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?  —  Flipboard burst on the scene this week like a Rodriguez movie trailer, or a new diet drug, and everyone rushed to download (following Scoble's recommendation).  Now that the dust has settled, and the controversy about Flipboard being unready …
Discussion: MarketingVOX and MediaFile
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Results
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft posts a big quarter, tops Apple, profits jump 50%
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Verizon delivers solid second quarter; Outpaces AT&T on wireless postpaid adds  —  In a quarter with multiple moving parts, Verizon Communications reported better-than-expected earnings and added 665,000 retail postpaid wireless customers.  —  That post-paid figure is notable since …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 manufacturers: ASUS, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung all on board  —  Microsoft is no stranger to having partners galore in the phone business, but its lineup of manufacturers for the upcoming, surprisingly promising Windows Phone 7 launch is no less impressive.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Clicker Adds Mobile Apps, Social Sharing, And Check-Ins To TV Guide For Online Video  —  We're big fans of Clicker, a comprehensive search engine for TV content on the web.  Clicker, which made its debut at TechCrunch50 last fall, indexes over 650,000 full length TV episodes spanning 10,000 shows …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, VatorNews and paidContent, Thanks:oscalito
 
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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
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook ‘Suspects’ Zuckerberg Contract Was ‘Forged’
Discussion: Bits
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: 
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
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Droid X users gobbling up 5x the data of other Verizon smartphones