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10:00 AM ET, August 11, 2010


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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Why Google Became A Carrier-Humping, Net Neutrality Surrender Monkey (UPDATED)  —  ANALYSIS — In 2007, when the Android OS was still vaporware, Google made a gutsy $4.6 billion bet on mobile net neutrality.  While they never had to pay out the money, that all-in move forced the FCC …
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Review of Verizon and Google's Net Neutrality Proposal  —  Efforts to protect net neutrality that involve government regulation have always faced one fundamental obstacle: the substantial danger that the regulators will cause more harm than good for the Internet.
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Facebook Criticizes Google Verizon Net Neutrality Pact  —  FCC Commissioner Copps urges the agency to reassert authority over broadband telecommunications as the social network provider advocates principles of net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks.
Discussion: Tech Eye and MediaPost
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google, Verizon are right to push out the wireless net neutrality talk
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Launching Official Tweet Buttons This Week [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Twitter is launching an official Tweet Button for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to documents Mashable has obtained.  The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:   Twitter introduces the Tweet Button.  Is TweetMeme being left in the cold?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Dell Streak Pricing: $300 With Two-Year AT&T Contract, $550 Without  —  That's almost twice as much as a good iPod Touch, and if you wait a few weeks to buy the Touch, you'll get one with a Retina Display and dual cameras.  If Dell can't make an iPod Touch competitor, who can?
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Official Dell Streak Pricing, Carrier and Order Details for US Customers
Gmail Blog:
Updates to Contacts and a (slightly) new look for Gmail  —  We're constantly reviewing user feedback about Gmail, and for a while now the number one request has been for a better contacts experience.  You've asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as for specific improvements …
Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Introducing Fast Follow, and other SMS tips  —  We've always been big fans of trusty SMS messaging.  In fact, sending a text was originally the only way users could tweet.  This is why Tweets are 140 characters — they need to fit into a text message.  —  We value SMS because it's simple, instant and universal.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Amazon Is Said to Look at Hardware Beyond Kindle  —  If you look at the job board for Lab 126, the division of Amazon responsible for the Kindle e-reader, you will see a flurry of listings related to electronics hardware, with titles like Supply Chain Project Program Manager, Hardware Engineer and RF Systems Engineer.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Phones?  Set-Top Boxes?  Tablets? …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mark Hurd Had The Lowest Employee Approval Rating (34%) Of Any Major Tech CEO  —  Softcore-porn-actress-turned- marketing-consultant Jodie Fisher wasn't the only person who failed to be enamored by HP CEO Mark Hurd, who was forced to resign as a result of an investigation into his relationship with Ms. Fisher.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
You've got friends: Facebook, AOL quietly talking online ad hookup  —  Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong are quietly discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online ad businesses, The Post has learned.  —  The two companies have been talking …
Discussion: Reuters
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed  —  “Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)” is indeed a hoax, say its creators John and Leo Resig.  —  I'd love to pull out some well-worn meta-media analysis about how memes are increasingly …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
What Happened To Demand Media's Traffic?  —  Take a look at the Quantcast traffic data for Demand Media, the VC-backed online content creator that on Friday filed for a $125 million IPO:  —  The massive drop-off occured a few days prior to the IPO filing, and has stayed consistent over the past two days of Quantcast reports.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What New Features Will Google Reveal at Mobile Event Thursday?  Some Think It Should Be Integrated Video Calling.  —  Today, Google sent out a notice that it would be holding a press event Thursday morning at its San Francisco offices, where the search giant would be “unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features.”
Theodoric Meyer / The Dalles Chronicle:
On Google's Terms  —  The Dalles' Internet giant calls the shots on information despite government rules  —  Two data centers present a study in contrasts  —  PRINEVILLE, Ore.— High on a plateau above this struggling city's downtown, Facebook is busy building its first data center.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:   Google & Facebook: A Tale of Two Data Centers
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP tells employees webOS tablet coming Q1 2011  —  We've been trying to find out when HP would launch a webOS tablet since the company first bought Palm, and we're now hearing from several trusted sources that it'll be calendar Q1 2011.  We're told Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley mentioned …
Thibault Imbert /
H.264 GPU Decoding in Flash Player on Mac OS X is live  —  We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called “Gala”.  Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is now officially enabled in the Flash Player.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors  —  The tire pressure monitors built into modern cars have been shown to be insecure by researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina.  The wireless sensors, compulsory in new automobiles in the US since 2008 …
Kim Hyung-eun / JoongAng Daily:
Samsung tablet to be unveiled in Berlin  —  Speculation has been swirling for months around a tablet PC from Samsung Electronics, and the waiting may finally be over next month.  —  Korea's top mobile phone maker will unveil the device at the IFA consumer electronics show …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's Foursquare competitor is imminent  —  The long-rumored geolocation “check-in” feature at Facebook is slated to debut within weeks, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNET.  —  It's going to take the form of an application program interface (API) for third-party companies …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK TV Network Five To Be First Broadcaster To Deliver TV Programmes Via Facebook
Discussion: New Media Age and Tech Eye
Kate Holton / Reuters:
BSkyB disputes Skype trademark as too close to Sky
Discussion: Download Squad, Guardian and Tech Eye
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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Pulls FarmVille Off MSN Games
Discussion: TechFlash and VentureBeat
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
New iPod To Sport Retina Display And Dual Cameras?
Discussion:, Engadget and MacNN
The Smoking Gun:
Turns Out 4Chan Boards Not As Lawless As They Seem
Discussion: Telegraph
Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
Plastic Logic cancels Que e-reader
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
EU, FTC probing Apple's policies

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