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9:30 AM ET, July 23, 2010

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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?  —  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
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue on Life Over the Last 36 Hours and What's Coming Soon
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Results
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft posts a big quarter, tops Apple, profits jump 50%
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Beginning to Process Refunds for iPhone 4 Bumpers  —  Apple has started processing refunds for the iPhone 4 bumper cases to online Apple Store orders.  Existing back-ordered bumper cases have also been processed for refund.  We expect the process will continue over the next few days.
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AppleInsider:
Apple officially launches iPhone 4 Case Program via App Store
Discussion: MacRumors and SlashGear
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.
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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.
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 …
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
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Sorry, No, I'm Not Going to Write a Piece Arguing That Dan Lyons Is a Jackass  —  So I get another call from my payola rep at Apple, and she's like, “Hey, thanks so much for all the antenna-related links over the weekend.  I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate it, John.”
Discussion: Fortune, PC World, Geek.com and The Register
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.
Dina Bass / Business Week:
Microsoft Crosses Swords with Pirates  —  A high-tech lab “fingerprints” discs and traces them to criminals  —  At a crime lab in Dublin, Microsoft's (MSFT) Donal Keating uses a custom-built microscope to take 72 high-resolution images of a counterfeit software disc.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gizmodo Australia
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T begins transition of acquired Verizon Wireless assets  —  Verizon Wireless customers in the 79 markets that AT&T acquired are being alerted that they will soon be AT&T customers.  A welcoming letter detailing the initial phase of the transition is being sent out to this lucky group …
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.
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.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Hollywood: Google TV would put us on board big pirate ship  —  The comments are streaming in from video and content providers on the Federal Communications Commission's AllVid proposal.  Quite a few are critical of the scheme, especially those of the trade association representing Hollywood's biggest studios.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Yahoo! News
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
LG unable to meet Apple's iPad display demand  —  LG Display's CEO said Thursday that the company had been unable to fulfill orders for displays used in Apple's iPad, but promised “without fail” to catch up with demand by Q2 2011.  —  Chief executive Kwon Young-soo explained that LG was currently running …
 
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
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