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4:30 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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webmonkey and Gizmodo
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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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">
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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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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 …
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Microsoft Says No to Paying Bug Bounties  —  Microsoft has no plans to follow in the footsteps of Mozilla and Google and pay researchers cash rewards for the bugs that they find in Microsoft's products.  —  In the wake of both Mozilla and Google significantly increasing their bug bounties …
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.
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.
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?
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Verizon delivers solid second quarter; Outpaces AT&T on wireless postpaid adds
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: With Eye on IPO, Glam Buys Sportsgenic to Build Out Ad Platform  —  With an eye on a public offering, Glam Media is buying Sportsgenic, a sports-oriented ad network.  —  The purchase price, I'm told, is something in the $12 million to $15 million range, including earnouts provisions.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
NEC to cut USB 3.0 chip prices in 4Q10  —  To counter competition from Taiwan-based USB 3. chipmakers, Japan-based chipmaker NEC reportedly plans to significantly cut prices for its first- and second-generation USB 3. chips in the fourth quarter and will launch its next-generation models …
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Baidu Seeks Android Deal, China Listing
Serenity Caldwell / Computerworld:
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Discussion: Gizmodo, AppScout and TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AT&T Mobility CEO On Hot Seat At Fortune Brainstorm
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Is the State Department's Tweeter-in-Chief Headed to Google?
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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
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
WebOS 2.0 Coming Later This Year, HP's Windows 7 Slate To Be An Enterprise Product