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6:50 PM ET, August 14, 2010

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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Apple manager arrested in kickback scheme  —  A midlevel Apple manager was arrested and accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday and a separate civil suit.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple iPod Operations Manager Paul Shin Devine held in supplier kickback scheme  —  Paul Shin Devine, 37, of Sunnyvale, California is being held on accusations that he accepted more than $1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Real Reason for Ousting H.P.'s Chief  —  The resignation of Mark V. Hurd last week from his seemingly secure post as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard has got to be one of the great head-scratchers in recent times.  —  Here's a guy who walked into a very troubled situation, replacing Carleton S.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Daring Fireball
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Oracle v Google: Why?  —  When Android debuted in 2007, I couldn't figure out how Google had managed to apply an Apache license to the project.  Java, like Linux, was governed by the GPL and thus incompatible with the more permissive license Android was sporting.
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Groklaw:
The Oracle-Google Mess: A Question - Are Any of the Patents Tied to a Specific Machine?  - Updated 3Xs: Google Speaks  —  On the Oracle v. Google litigation announcement, here's something that I don't see anyone else mentioning yet.  —  On the Oracle patents, in a post-Bilski world, the right question would seem to be:
Discussion: CNET News and Miguel de Icaza, Thanks:atul
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Google and the Search for the Future  —  The Web icon's CEO on the mobile computing revolution, the future of newspapers, and privacy in the digital age.  —  To some, Google has been looking a bit sallow lately.  The stock is down.  Where once everything seemed to go the company's way …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is this the burger joint of the future?  —  NEW YORK—The team behind 4food, a burger shop opening next month on Madison Avenue and East 40th Street in midtown Manhattan, might have put forth the most idealistic concept that the fast-food industry has yet seen.
Discussion: Eater NY and CNET News
Charles Hooper:
How I Made Money Spamming Twitter with Contextual Book Suggestions  —  Two winters ago I left a position as a system administrator that was paying pretty well and moved cross-country to a region with less jobs than where I moved from.  Three months later, I was still unemployed, broke, and bored.
Discussion: Giles Bowkett
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Meet Twitter's new developer diplomacy  —  When rumor broke that Twitter would be launching official “tweet” buttons for third-party sites, the first question for many was: How will they deal with TweetMeme, the third-party company that already operated Twitter sharing buttons and a Digg-like aggregation page?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
Giorgio / Invisible to the eye:
Google never removed Oracle from its index  —  Some folks have been reporting a strange behavior assumed by Google after the lawsuit filed by Oracle against Android and Google: it supposedly removed oracle.com pages, and all the pages that talk about Oracle, from its search index.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Indian Tablet Gets TV Demo But Is Still Hard to Believe  —  If it's on TV, it must be true, right?  —  When India's plans for an ultra-cheap tablet PC, destined to transform education in the nation, surfaced several weeks back the entire world was skeptical.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Bike Nerds To Create a Low Cost Bike Sharing System For New York  —  A group of charming fellows have created something they're calling “Social Bicycles,” a bike-sharing system that allows you to drop bikes off almost anywhere there is a bike rack, locate them, and access them with an iPhone app.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First Developer Build of Mac OS X 10.6.5
David Dahlquist / Computerworld:
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Voice of America:
Citizen Scientists Discover Rare Pulsar Using Home Computers
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Against Wikileaks? Good Luck With That
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Liquidmetal May Be Used For New iPhone Antenna Says Inventor [Exclusive]
Discussion: Geek.com
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Square mobile payment readers now shipping again to tiny transaction tycoons
Discussion: App Advice and Erictric
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
BBC: HTML5 ‘Starting to Sail Off-Course’
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk, BBC and paidContent
Dawn Kawamoto / DailyFinance:
Protesters at Google HQ Demand End to Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Company behind magicJack to banish calling costs
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joan Marsh / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Wireless is Different  —  It's now day four of the aftermath …
Discussion: TechCrunch