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1:10 PM ET, August 5, 2010

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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Google and Verizon in Talks on Web Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Evil?  —  The report that Google is making a devil's pact with Verizon for tiered internet service is disturbing because I wonder whether people inside Google are still asking that vital question: “Is this evil?”  I wonder whether Google is still Google.  —  I don't mean to come off like a high priest of the net neutrality church.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google denies deal with Verizon to end net neutrality
Machmeter / HardMac.com:
Pictures of the iPod Touch 4... well, almost  —  As you may know, Apple provides some case manufacturers with the size and shape of the new iPhones and iPods so they can start making the new cases before the devices come out.  This doesn't allow us to know what materials Apple will use …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Schmidt: “People Aren't Ready for the Technology Revolution”  —  Eric Schmidt spoke at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe today and dropped some serious rhetorical bombs.  “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003,” Schmidt said …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Eric Schmidt on the demise of Google Wave  —  LAKE TAHOE, Calif.—Eric Schmidt tried to paint the failure of Google Wave as a sign that the company's innovative culture continues to take risks and aim big.  —  “Our policy is we try things,” the Google CEO said, hours after the company announced …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Developers Did Not Adopt Google Wave
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Chief Fires Back  —  Research In Motion Ltd. co-CEO Michael Lazaridis lashed out at governments seeking to ban his company's BlackBerry phones, saying they risk undermining the growth of electronic commerce by demanding access to secure communications and transactions.
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Reuters:
Lebanon Is Latest Country With BlackBerry Concerns
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft's mystery hardware?  Arc Touch Mouse, launching in September  —  Microsoft has been teasing a new mystery hardware device over the past week.  According to company insiders the software giant plans to unveil a new Arc Touch Mouse in September.  —  Details of the Arc Touch Mouse …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Arc Touch Mouse confirmed at USD$69.95 RRP
Discussion: SlashGear, Thanks:rawmeet
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide, Vic Gundotra & The Un-Social Reality of Google  —  It was a nearly a decade and a half ago that I fell in love with America's pastime, baseball.  I loved the sound of the ball hitting the bat.  I loved the juxtaposition of green grass and red clay on the baseball diamond.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Schmidt: Google Now Activating 200,000 Android Units A Day [Video]  —  Remember back in the day when Google was only activating 100,000 Android units a day?  You should — it was May.  By June, that number had jumped to 160,000 units a day.  And today it now stands at 200,000 Android units activated a day.
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
HTML5, Modernized: Fourth IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  IE9 started from the premise that the modern web will deliver HTML5 experiences that feel more like native applications than sites.  Building on hardware-accelerated SVG, canvas, video, audio, and text …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple readies fix for iPhone browser security hole  —  Apple says that it has a fix for the browser security flaw discovered earlier this week on its iOS-powered devices.  —  After the iPhone Dev Team released the latest jailbreak software hack for the iPhone over the weekend …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Buys Friendster Patents for $40M  —  Facebook bought the entire Friendster portfolio of social networking patents earlier this year.  The seven patents and eleven patent applications had been transferred to MOL Global when it bought Friendster for about $39.5 million late last year.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Deep Inside Xbox 360 Kinect: The Interface of Microsoft's Dreams  —  Kinect is more than an Xbox 360 peripheral, it's the future of Microsoft, or at least a very possible one.  It's the beginning of Microsoft's plans for natural user interfaces, the step beyond the thing you're staring at right now.
Discussion: Go Rumors and Geek.com, Thanks:rawmeet
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Gamers beat algorithms at finding protein structures  —  Today's issue of Nature contains a paper with a rather unusual author list.  Read past the standard collection of academics, and the final author credited is... an online gaming community.  —  Scientists have turned to games for a variety …
Discussion: Nature, PC World, New York Times and The Register, Thanks:atul
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
BlackBerry's New Torch Makes a Leap From Drab  —  Millions of people love the BlackBerry, relying on it especially for email and text messaging.  But this classic smartphone, while still dominant in the U.S., has been slipping in popularity as consumers, and even some corporations …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hunch Relaunches as Internet Personalization Service  —  Hunch was never a social Q&A service, though many press outlets have confused it for one.  The service, founded by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and super-hot angel investor Chris Dixon, has relaunched its home page …
Discussion: Fast Company
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Evite Introduces Redesign, Tries Not To Suck, Fails  —  “Evite sucks” is not a revolutionary opinion.  The online invitation company has been the subject of substantial vitriol for how much their site design feels like it's from 1998, when they launched.  It would be impossible not to respond …
Discussion: Switched
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
Exclusive: HTC Paradise and Fiesta caught in the wild!  —  HTC has been hiding too many Android phones up its sleeves and it is about time that some of them started showing up.  One of our readers, DB, claims that he managed to snap up two unknown HTC Android smartphones that were AT&T samples …
 
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Jonathan Shieber / Venture Capital Dispatch:
China's Tudou.com Builds Out Studio With Fresh $50M Funding
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple close to acquiring Chinese game maker for $148M - report
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Sonic Ready to Take Blockbuster, Best Buy Videos Mobile
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Debuts New Dual Android, Windows XP Netbook
Discussion: Inquirer
Louis Gray:
Shoutout! Twitter Looks to be Readying New Feature
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Techie Buzz and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Feds release $1.2B in broadband grants
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys Tokyo-Based Startup Unoh
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Ron Bodkin / InfoQ:
LinkedIn's Data Infrastructure
Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Mines Web to Hone Language Tool
Thanks:rawmeet
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Why people still use BlackBerrys
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Nielsen Wire:
Report: How People Watch - The Global State of Video Consumption
Discussion: Podcasting News and The Next Web, Thanks:marcusschuler
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Leaked Details On 2010-2011 iPods, iPhone 5, Bumper 2 + iPad mini
 

 
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