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1:45 PM ET, July 24, 2010

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Takes on Droid X With Latest Smartphone Antenna Video  —  After its iPhone 4 press conference last week, Apple posted a new smartphone antenna performance page on its site highlighting how several other smartphones experience similar decreases of signal bars to that of the iPhone 4.
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Apple as Captain Queeg  —  If you've never seen the movie, this is how it goes.  Captain Queeg, played by Humphrey Bogart, is a career naval officer, in charge of a ship that drags targets for battleships to practice on.  It's part of the huge Pacific fleet during World War II.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Real Problem With The White iPhone 4 — Well, Potentially  —  I've fielded a lot of questions today about the iPhone 4.  No, not about the antenna — that was last week — today, all people want to know is why the hell is white version being delayed again?  Like everyone else outside of Apple, I have no idea.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
What's Behind the White iPhone 4 Delays?  —  Just a week after Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, promised that the already delayed white iPhone 4 would be available by the end of July, Apple said that the device would be delayed again.  —  Apple's explanation for the new delay is concise and scant on details.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Threatens Perverts With Police  —  Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who expose themselves to minors with the police.  Site founder Andrey Ternovskiy said in a message published on the site Friday night …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boston Sandwich Shop Testing iPad App For Orders — Fad Or The Future?  —  A Boston Au Bon Pain sandwich shop is testing an iPad app for lunchtime sandwich ordering, according to this tweet and photo from Carl Howe of research firm Yankee Group.  —  We've never tried this, but as geeks, it seems pretty neat.
John Fortt / Tech Check:
HP Using Own Software in Phone Wars with Apple, Google  —  In its bid to take on Apple and Google in smartphones, Hewlett-Packard won't use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.  Instead, HP [HPQ 46.15 .08 (+.17%)] Executive Vice President Todd Bradley told me that the PC giant will exclusively use …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Firefox Just Perfected Tabbed Browsing.  It's Like Apple's Expose Plus Spaces For The Web  —  If you're anything like me, at any given time you have a dozen to two dozen tabs open across multiple web browser windows.  It's great to have all these webpages open and ready to click on at any second …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Will Zynga Become the Google of Games?  —  ORIENTATION for new employees of Zynga, the fast-growing maker of Facebook games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, can be a heady affair given the company's outsize ambitions — all of which are embodied in Mark Pincus, Zynga's 44-year-old founder.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Xconomy
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Prospect of Being Stalked, Burgled Just Doesn't Trouble Foursquare Users All That Much  —  “Louise has straight, auburn hair and, judging by the only photograph I have of her, she's in her 30s.  She works in recruitment.  I also know which train station she uses regularly …
Discussion: Guardian
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Fake femme fatale shows social network risks  —  Researcher Thomas Ryan says fictitious Robin Sage character fooled many holding security, military and intelligence posts … A security researcher created a fake online profile for a fictional cyberthreat analyst named “Robin Sage.”
Daily Mail:
New hands-free technology lets motorists use Twitter while driving  —  British motorists could soon be able to use Twitter while driving with new hands-free technology from car company Ford.  —  The system, called AppLink, allows applications on iPhones and BlackBerries to be voice-controlled.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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” …
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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
 
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Australia Censors Snooping Plans To Prevent ‘Unnecessary Debate’ …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Founder Wants to Ditch Text Chats, Focus on Telepresence
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Nabs Google's Lead Android Evangelist. Next Target: Students
Discussion: Fortune
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Film pirates have formidable new MPAA foe
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Only 0.3% of files on BitTorrent confirmed to be legal
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad Attracting “Surprising” …
Discussion: TiPb and MacStories