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2:30 PM ET, August 7, 2010


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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP after Hurd: May the CEO guessing game begin  —  The abrupt resignation of HP CEO Mark Hurd will spark a lot of speculation about his successor.  Who will run HP next?  —  As analyzed earlier, Hurd stepped down over a sexual harassment claim.  A few key facts:  — Hurd resigned.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P. Ousts Chief for Hiding Payments to Friend  —  Mark V. Hurd, who turned Hewlett-Packard into the world's largest technology company on the back of fierce fiscal discipline, has been ousted from his post for the lowliest of corporate offenses — fudging his expenses.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why would Mark Hurd take such risks as the head of HP?  —  Mark Hurd ran the the world's largest technology company, Hewlett-Packard, but he blew it.  —  Bill Hewlett and David Packard started HP in 1939, and they became Silicon Valley icons because of the significant company they built …
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:   Accused of harassment, HP CEO Mark Hurd resigns
Business Wire:
HP CEO Mark Hurd Resigns; CFO Cathie Lesjak Appointed Interim CEO …
Nicholas Carr / Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty, With Real Dangers  —  In a 1963 Supreme Court opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren observed that “the fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a great danger to the privacy of the individual.”  The advances have only accelerated since then, along with the dangers.
Discussion: Rough Type
Jim Harper / Wall Street Journal:
It's Modern Trade: Web Users Get as Much as They Give
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Big Macs on campus  —  In five years, Apple has switched places with Dell as the student laptop of choice  —  Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) dropped nearly 2.5% in the opening hour of trading Wednesday thanks in part to a downgrade by Global Equities Research's Trip Chowdhry that included this bulletpoint:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside the Numbers: How Demand Media Will Pitch a Billion Dollar IPO  —  Demand Media is a money-losing company.  How will it convince Wall Street to value it at a billion dollars or more?  —  By directing investors' attention to a set of numbers which say it's a very profitable company.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's the Big IPO You've Been Waiting For: Demand Media Files With the SEC
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Adds Email-Based FaceTime Support in iOS 4.1 Beta 3  —  Apple's latest beta version of iOS 4.1 released earlier this week has offered the strongest evidence yet that the company is planning to roll out FaceTime video calling functionality to future non-iPhone devices based on the iOS operating system.
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents  —  During my tech days, I co-authored four software patents.  Each cost my startup about $15,000—which seemed like a fortune in those days.  I didn't really expect these to give me any advantage; after all if my competitors had half a brain …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
A simple plan to ruin your boss: plant child porn on his PC  —  A disgruntled maintenance worker at a UK secondary school has been accused of planting child pornography on his boss' computer in order to have his boss fired and to ruin the man's life.  —  The perpetrator allegedly mailed …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
To Be Clear: Google IS Fighting Real Net Neutrality Rules - Knows which side their Android bread is buttered...  As we've noted, the FCC yesterday announced they were ceasing all closed-door negotiations with carriers and Google after reports surfaced that Verizon and Google had been hashing out their own private neutrality arrangement.
Discussion: Slate
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPod Touch and iOS Media Event Scheduled for Mid-August?  —  Claimed next-generation iPod touch LCD and front bezel showing apparent camera hole  —  MacMagazine reports (Google translation) that it has received information from a “reliable source within Apple” that the company is planning …
Abdullah Al-Shihri / Associated Press:
Saudi reaches deal on BlackBerry, avoiding ban  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia and the makers of the BlackBerry have reached a preliminary deal on granting access to users' data that will avert a ban on the phone's messenger service in the kingdom, Saudi officials said Saturday.
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
What to do about WikiLeaks? Not much can be done
Discussion: Associated Press
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a ‘security nightmare’
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AT&T Downplays iPhone Pact Risks
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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