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7:05 PM ET, July 23, 2010

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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  —  Samsung has stepped up its marketing game against the Apple iPhone, sprinkling free Galaxy S devices across the twittersphere  —  Samsung is out with the stretchers, running full tilt towards the customer carnage left by antennagate.
Amanda Surya / YouTube API Blog:
A New Way To Embed YouTube Videos  —  An enhancement to our video embed capability is now available through a new embed code style.  This new style uses <iframe> and looks like this:  —  <iframe class="youtube-player" type="text/html" width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ VIDEO_ID" frameborder="0">
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   YouTube testing hybrid HTML5/Flash embeds
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Tab Candy: Making Firefox Tabs Sweet  —  The power of the browser has grown substantially in the last ten years.  We now use the Web to multi-task the activities we juggle every day, like vacation plans, purchases, sharing pictures, listening to music, reading email, and writing a blog post.
BBC News:
India shows $35 ‘iPad’ prototype  —  The Indian government has unveiled the prototype of an iPad-like touch-screen laptop, with a price tag of $35 (£23), which it hopes to roll out next year.  —  Aimed at students, the tablet supports web browsing, video conferencing and word processing, say developers.
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Why India's $35 Tablet May Be Just a Dream  —  A prototype tablet from India that looks similar to the iPad but costs a few hundred dollars less than the magical device is on its way, according to the country's government officials who showed the device at an event Thursday.
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Most iPhone users love AT&T  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Despite a very vocal group of detractors, the vast majority of iPhone users love AT&T.  —  That's the key finding in a survey released this week by Yankee Group, which reports that 73% of iPhone users are very satisfied with AT&T's service.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad Attracting “Surprising” Interest From Businesses, Says AT&T, Which Activated 400-500K Last Quarter  —  AT&T said on its earnings call today that it activated 400,000 to 500,000 3G iPads during Q2.  —  Remember that was basically just the last two months of Q2, as the iPad 3G didn't ship until the end of April.
Discussion: MacRumors, TiPb, MacStories and 9 to 5 Mac
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fewer Than 900,000 Kindles And 3G Nooks Activated In U.S. Last Quarter
Discussion: Kindle Review and Electronista
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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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac Pro Unavailable for In-Store Reservations at Many Locations  —  Mac Pro reservations at Fifth Avenue Apple Store  —  One MacRumors reader has pointed out to us that Apple's somewhat-hidden Reserve and Pick Up program is currently showing the company's Mac Pro models as “Unavailable” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Hires Shannon Stubo, Key Exec For IPO Run  —  LinkedIn has hired Shannon Stubo as their new Vice President Communications, CEO Jeff Weiner tells us.  —  Stubo, most recently at OpenTable, took that company through their IPO process.  Prior to OpenTable Stubo spent seven years at eBay …
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: PC World, Engadget, GigaOM and TheAppleBlog
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Tech worker testifies of ‘blue screen of death’ on oil rig's computer  —  Crucial drilling monitoring and control system crippled by crashes, says rig's chief electronics technician  —  Computerworld - A computer that monitored drilling operations on the Deepwater Horizon had been freezing with a …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Like Moves Beyond the Dumb Grunt, Adds Comments to Like Button  —  One of the most obnoxious things about Facebook's recent changes has been that clicking a Like button around the web just pushed a dumb, inarticulate grunt out into the newsfeed of your friends.  “I Like this thing,” it said, and nothing more.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple warns of short-term iMac shortages ahead of new models - sources  —  Apple late this month began advising its direct and indirect sales channels of near-term shortages of its popular all-in-one desktops, as the company prepares draw down inventories ahead of introducing new models in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
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.
 
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Microsoft Says No to Paying Bug Bounties
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T begins transition of acquired Verizon Wireless assets