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2:50 PM ET, August 10, 2010

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Craig Aaron / The Huffington Post:
Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse  —  So Google and Verizon went public today with their “policy framework” — better known as the pact to end the Internet as we know it.  News of this deal broke this week, sparking a public outcry that's seen hundreds of thousands of Internet users calling …
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Washington Post:
Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg - From Google and Verizon, a path to an open Internet  —  We have spent much of the past year trying to resolve our differences over the thorny issue of “network neutrality.”  This hasn't been an easy process, and Google and Verizon are neither regulators nor legislators.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
It's Official: EPIX, Netflix Announce “Multi-Year” Deal For Streaming Movies  —  EPIX and Netflix, mum yesterday, are now happy to talk.  The two companies have confirmed a big, expensive deal which gives Netflix the ability to show the pay TV service's movies on its streaming video offering.
New York Times:
Hewlett Took a P.R. Firm's Advice in the Hurd Case  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the career of Hewlett-Packard's chief executive Mark V. Hurd hung in the balance, a public relations specialist convinced the company's directors that H.P. would endure months of humiliation if accusations of sexual harassment …
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Chief Faults H.P. Board for Forcing Hurd Out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Lawrence J. Ellison, the chief executive of Oracle, denounced Hewlett-Packard's directors on Monday for forcing the resignation of the H.P. chief executive, Mark V. Hurd, who is a friend of Mr. Ellison's.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korean Police Raid Google Office  —  SEOUL — The South Korean police raided the offices of Google Korea on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether the company had illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.  —  The U.S. search titan is already facing lawsuits …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Hiring, And In A Really Awesome Way  —  As we wrote earlier this morning, Twitter seems to be aggressively hiring.  Perhaps it's this awesome Rushmore-inspired “Meet The Class Of Twitter HQ” video compelling people to join the flock?  —  Highlights: The “sudo make me a website” …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead  —  A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. “vision statement” shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about people's activities?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 2 (and R2-D2 edition!) finally official: Android 2.2, Swype, $200 on contract  —  All together now: “Finally!”  At long last, the leaks are being plugged by none other than Verizon itself, who today confirmed that the Droid 2 is more than just a figment of everyone's imagination.
Louis Gray:
Google Revamps and Simplifies Contacts In Gmail  —  approach to Contacts has lagged, making it the target of frustration from many users.  Today, the company admits as much, saying it's the thing people “are least satisfied with” about Gmail.  They hope a number of improvements, rolling out immediately, will help.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Gmail Blog and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Man Who Designed The Pre Is The Latest To Leave Palm/HP  —  The hits just keep on coming for HP.  Hot on the heels of the massive story of HP CEO Mark Hurd's resignation amid scandal, another high-level person has left the company.  Peter Skillman, the Vice President of Design at Palm …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Who Is Left At Palm? Hint: Not Execs Katie Mitic Or Jeff Zwerner
Bing / Search Blog:
Answering your questions with Bing and Wolfram Alpha  —  Have your kids ever asked you a question for a school paper or homework that you wish you knew?  Have you given an answer that you “think” you remember from your days in school, knowing that the information you were about to give might be very outdated?
Discussion: The Next Web and Softpedia News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's RearType: Physical keys to the iPad, Kindle and tablet kingdoms?  —  Microsoft's product groups are busy crafting their answer(s) to the Apple iPad.  But Microsoft Research is working on slate/tablet-related projects of its own, including a way to add physical keys to the backs of these kinds of mobile-computing devices.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft keeps Mac vs. PC battle going on Windows 7 website  —  Microsoft has added a PC versus Mac section to its Windows 7 website.  The webpage is under the Compare tab, where users can match up the three main Windows 7 editions, read a Top 10 list of reasons to buy Windows 7 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Hotmail still not working?  Use Chrome to fix it, says MS  —  Advises unhappy users to switch to Google's browser  —  Microsoft has advised Hotmail users struggling to access their email accounts to surf via Google's Chrome browser in order to successfully connect to the recently overhauled service.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
First Trojan for Android Phones Goes Wild  —  Google Android phones must be popular - they've just been targeted with their first Trojan.  An SMS Trojan called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a has already infected a number of mobile devices, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
ISuppli Warns of Looming DRAM Shortage  —  A shortage of the main memory chips used in personal computers could send prices of the chips higher in the second half of this year, market researcher iSuppli warned on Monday  —  DRAM makers face two supply problems currently …
Newsweek:
Take This Blog and Shove It!  —  When utopian ideals crash into human nature—sloth triumphs.  —  In the history of the web, last spring may figure as a tipping point.  That's when Wikipedia, “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”—a site that grew from 100,000 articles in 2003 …
Discussion: Techdirt
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Announces Stealth ‘Communications’ Startup Heello  —  Twitter photo sharing site Twitpic has launched a new site today, called Heello.  Details are sparse but according to a blog post on the new site, the site aims to “make communication easier.”  —  The post says that Heello …
Discussion: Let's be real and The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intuit Buys Personal Finance Management App Cha-Ching  —  It looks like Intuit just acquired Cha-Ching, a Mac web app and iPhone app to help consumers manage their personal finance.  According to the site of Midnight Apps, the developer of Cha-Ching, “The Cha-Ching team has merged with Intuit …
 
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
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Phil Libin / Evernote Blogcast:
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Seesmic Desktop 2 Beta - with Twitter User Streams
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Jeremy Toeman / Legacy Locker Blog:
Why Twitter's New Deceased User's Policy Isn't Good Enough
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Citing Facebook App Developer Shortage, Webtrends Acquires Transpond
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Coffee shops are taking Wi-Fi off the menu
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple introduces compatibility lab day passes for developers
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Will Games Help Google Figure Out How to Be Social?
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