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4:05 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 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google & Apple Sold Out The Cell Phone Revolution  —  “Where's the revolution,” I asked when Google launched its Nexus One phone earlier this year.  There had been plenty of rumblings that Google would shake up how cell phones were sold in the US.  Google's Eric Schmidt once predicted we'd all be using free phones paid for by ads.
David Gelernter / New York Times:
Call It ‘Net Irrationality’
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   With Fast Follow You Can Get Tweets Via SMS Even If You Don't Use Twitter
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the Prankster Brothers Behind “Jenny,” the Whiteboard-Using, Farmville-Exposing, HPOA Girl  —  Yesterday, everyone on the Internet loved Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job by cursing out his passengers and bolting out of his plane using the emergency slide.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed
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.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:   Twitter introduces the Tweet Button.  Is TweetMeme being left in the cold?
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
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Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Official Dell Streak Pricing, Carrier and Order Details for US Customers
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How Black People Use Twitter … - Why Does Alaska Have So Many Plane Crashes?  - Slate Labs: The Most Common Names on Facebook- Is It Better for the Planet If You Take the Elevator or the Escalator?  - John McWhorter: Free the 11 Racist Looney Tunes Cartoons- Why No One in Russia …
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.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Thibault Imbert / ByteArray.org:
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 10.1.82.76 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.
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 …
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Louis Gray:
Google Revamps and Simplifies Contacts In Gmail
Discussion: TechCrunch and Technologizer
Mark Ward / BBC:
Smartphone security put on test  —  How the stolen data was sent to an e-mail inbox set up to receive it  —  BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application for a smartphone.  —  Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset.
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 an press event Thursday morning at its San Francisco offices, where the search giant would “be unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features...”
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stats: The Age of the Internet of Things Has Dawned  —  The nation's two largest carriers added more connected devices last quarter than postpaid subscriptions, according to data released this morning by Chetan Sharma, a wireless analyst.  Carriers added 2.6 million connected devices and 1.2 million contract customers.
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.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
‘John Doe’ Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order After 6 Years  —  The owner of an internet service provider who mounted a high-profile court challenge to a secret FBI records demand has finally been partially released from a 6-year-old gag order that forced him to keep his role in the case …
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Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
New iPod To Sport Retina Display And Dual Cameras?
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