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2:05 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.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
How to Get Your Free iPhone Bumper  —  When Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, said the company would offer free iPhone 4 bumpers and cases, he didn't mention there would be an app for that.  But of course, there is.  —  On Friday, Apple posted a downloadable application for the iPhone 4 …
Duncan Geere / Wired.co.uk:
Samsung offering Galaxy S phones to frustrated iPhone users  —  It appears that technology giant Samsung is handing out free Galaxy S smartphones to iPhone 4 owners frustrated by reception problems.  An account on Twitter called @samsungukmobile is contacting people who've tweeted …
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Samsung handing out free mobiles...but only if you make the grade
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 …
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 …
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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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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: Engadget and TheAppleBlog
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 …
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.
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 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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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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is the State Department's Tweeter-in-Chief Headed to Google?  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Jared Cohen (pictured here), who has gained fame as the State Department's social networking phenom and the youngest member of its policy planning staff …
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 GigaOM
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Wasn't the Kindle supposed to be firewood?  —  The second-quarter earnings that Amazon.com announced Thursday weren't quite up to par with what Wall Street had been hoping.  But Wall Street had been hoping for good things, and the results were still pretty decent.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: With Eye on IPO, Glam Buys Sportsgenic to Build Out Ad Platform
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Dennis Fisher:
Microsoft Says No to Paying Bug Bounties
Discussion: ZDNet, Help Net Security and Slashdot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Clicker Adds Mobile Apps, Social Sharing, And Check-Ins To TV Guide For Online Video
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
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Baidu hacking lawsuit allowed to proceed
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Tornado Unleashes Version 1.0 on The Web
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
WebOS 2.0 Coming Later This Year, HP's Windows 7 Slate To Be An Enterprise Product
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 manufacturers: ASUS, Dell …