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12:30 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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Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Apple getting desperate?  Posts video dedicated to Droid X death grip  —  How can you tell that a company's PR department is getting desperate?  They start posting videos focused completely on competitor's products.  —  That's exactly what Apple has done in an attempt to down play the death grip antenna issue on iPhone 4.
Scripting News:
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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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 …
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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:
77% Of iPhone Owners Say They'll Buy Another — Versus Just 20% Of Android Owners  —  Customer loyalty is definitely one of Apple's advantages versus most of its rivals in the smartphone market.  —  The latest evidence: A Yankee Group survey summarized on CNNMoney (via Daring Fireball) …
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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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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
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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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
YouTube testing hybrid HTML5/Flash embeds  —  Google has worked out a new way to embed videos that presents the right version of the company's YouTube video player depending on your system's capability.  —  Videos embedded with the new code will be served up in either an Adobe Flash wrapper …
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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: PC World, TiPb, MacStories and MacRumors
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fewer Than 900,000 Kindles And 3G Nooks Activated In U.S. Last Quarter
Discussion: Electronista and Kindle Review
 
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Daily Mail:
New hands-free technology lets motorists use Twitter while driving
Discussion: msnbc.com
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Australia Censors Snooping Plans To Prevent ‘Unnecessary Debate’ …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Founder Wants to Ditch Text Chats, Focus on Telepresence
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Nabs Google's Lead Android Evangelist. Next Target: Students
Discussion: Fortune
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Film pirates have formidable new MPAA foe
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Only 0.3% of files on BitTorrent confirmed to be legal
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Slashdot