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Hani Durzy / Data Central:
BREAKING: HP Files Civil Complaint Against Hurd; Includes Statement and Link to Full Complaint  —  In response to the news of Mark Hurd's intention to join Oracle, HP today filed a civil complaint in the California Superior Court (County of Santa Clara) against Hurd.  HP's statement on the matter:
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Oracle:
Oracle Responds to HP Lawsuit  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) today issued the following statement:  —  “Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.  “By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Analysis: the H-P Suit Against Mark Hurd  —  Hewlett-Packard is suing former CEO Mark Hurd, alleging breach of contract and threatened misappropriation of trade secrets, a day after he was named co-president of rival Oracle.  Below, a look at some of the most salient points in the suit.
Discussion: Salon, Techdirt, TechEye, Electronista and eWeek
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:   HP Sues Mark Hurd For Violating Severance Agreement (By Joining Oracle)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Kinetic Logo Apparently Has To Do With Their Big Search Event Tomorrow  —  By now, you've likely noticed the interesting, kinetic logo Google has had up today.  While there is still no official word from the search giant as to exactly what it means, they are letting out some hints.
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Scribe  —  Google launched a very interesting tool that offers suggestions as you type: Google Scribe.  It's not exactly the service I anticipated 3 years ago, but Google Scribe works surprisingly well.  For example, I started to type “This works sur” and Google suggested …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Andy Beard
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Changes Coming Tomorrow: AJAX Results, 30 Results Per Page, Streaming Results & More?  —  We know Google is having a big search event tomorrow and we suspect that is why Google is showing the Google Balls logo today.  Google told me “today's doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod touch review (2010)  —  At Apple's last event, Steve Jobs called the iPod touch the company's “most popular iPod,” and it's easy to understand why.  In just a few short years, the iPhone-with-no-phone has kept in lockstep with Cupertino's halo device, benefitting from the same kind …
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Dan Frakes / Macworld:
iPod nano (sixth generation, late 2010)  —  Biggest nano makeover yet gains Multi-Touch but loses features and screen size  —  No iPod model has received as many makeovers—both minor and dramatic—as the iPod nano.  (Perhaps not coincidentally, no other iPod model has sold as well.)
Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta With Faster Graphics and New Audio Capabilities for the Web  —  The latest update to Firefox 4 Beta brings super fast graphics and incredible new audio capabilities to the Web.  Firefox 4 Beta now leverages hardware acceleration to improve graphics performance for Windows users …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Google's Schmidt: Autonomous, Fast Search Is ‘Our New Definition’  —  In a big-picture keynote at Berlin's IFA home electronics event, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt said Google's new guiding principle is in serving users automatic search results, all the time, super-quick...
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Google's Sci-Fi Now: Voice-Control TV, Eternal Memory, An End To Loneliness
Discussion: GigaOM and Future Tense
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Piper Jaffray: Android Army's Victory Over iPhone Inevitable  —  The battle for dominance in the smartphone market will shake out in the next five years and when it's finished, Google (GOOG), not Apple (AAPL), will emerge the victor.  That's the outlook from Piper Jaffray …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Martyn Williams / PC World:
Freed Journalist Tricked Captors Into Twitter Access  —  A Japanese journalist freed over the weekend by captors in Afghanistan managed to send two Twitter messages before his release while teaching a captor how to access the Internet on a new cell phone, he said Tuesday.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: RIM Acquires DataViz Assets  —  Rsearch In Motion (RIM) has indeed acquired software developer DataViz — well, most of it anyway.  —  “RIM has acquired some of the assets of DataViz and hired the majority of its employees to focus on supporting the BlackBerry platform,” …
Gizmodo:
Justin Bieber Has Dedicated Servers at Twitter  —  Justin Bieber uses 3% of Twitter resources at any moment.  According to a Twitter employee—talking to designer Dustin Curtis—Bieber has “racks of servers dedicated to him.  I'm sure this will excite his haters (hello 4chan!) even more.
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Pascal Finette / Gaming:
Welcome to Mozilla Labs Gaming  —  We are excited to present to you the latest initiative from Mozilla Labs: Gaming.  Mozilla Labs Gaming is all about games built, delivered and played on the Open Web and the browser.  We want to explore the wider set of technologies which make immersive gaming on the Open Web possible.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Download Squad
Brian Peterson / Google Voice Blog:
Missed call notifications delivered to your inbox  —  Google Voice lets you take charge of your telephony experience, giving you one number that rings all your phones.  But what if you're not around to answer any of them?  —  Starting today, whenever you miss a call, you can see a notification …
David Kirkpatrick / Vanity Fair:
With a Little Help From His Friends  —  At 19, Sean Parker helped create Napster.  At 24, he was founding president of Facebook.  At 30, he's the hard-partying, press-shy genius of social networking, a budding billionaire, and about to be famous—played by Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's new film, The Social Network.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As Digg Struggles, VP Of Engineering Is Shown The Door  —  Ever since Digg launched its new site design, it's been plagued with all kinds of trouble, not least of which is that it keeps going down.  The problems with the new architecture are so bad that VP of Engineering John Quinn is now gone …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Confirms Game Center Compatibility: Yes on 2nd-Generation iPod Touch, No on iPhone 3G  —  Apple has confirmed on its Game Center overview page that the social gaming network will be available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPod touch models …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Dell Killing Windows XP Option This Month  —  Dell said Tuesday that it plans to stop offering Windows XP as a preloaded OS option beginning this month, as a prelude to Microsoft's slow phase-out of the older operating system.  —  Microsoft said in June that the company would prevent OEMs …
Discussion: Dell Community, CNET News and eWeek
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca's Lowercase Capital Adds $20 Million To Its Coffers  —  According to recent SEC filings, it appears that Chris Sacca's newly launched fund, Lowercase Capital, has raised over $20 million in funding.  Under the name Lowercase Industry Fund, Sacca has quietly raised over $11 million …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Leaked WebOS 2.0 Shots Show a Bevy of New Features  —  Two dozen or so purported webOS 2.0 screenshots have fluttered out onto the web, and while their origins are a bit hazy, they show plenty of interesting new features, like Dropbox support baked into the OS.
Adam DuVander / O'Reilly Radar:
The state of mapping APIs  —  Guest blogger Adam DuVander is the author of “Map Scripting 101,” an example-driven guide to building interactive maps on multiple platforms.  He also serves as executive editor of ProgrammableWeb.  —  Maps took over the web in mid-2005, shortly after the first Where 2.0 conference.
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Blog platform Tumblr's soaring traffic brings growing pains  —  Tumblr, a social media network made up of millions of personal and business blogs, is seeing massive traffic growth, but is undergoing equally big growing pains.  —  Activity on the network of Tumblr blogs skyrocketed …
Discussion: Orangescale.NET
Eric Sachs / The Official Google Blog:
Simpler sign-ups for Yahoo! users with OpenID  —  How many times have you created a new account at a website and seen a message that said: “Thank you for creating an account.  To activate your new account, please access your email and click the verification URL provided.”
Nicola Leske / Reuters:
Google to start TV service in U.S. this autumn  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch its service to bring the Web to TV screens in the United States this autumn and worldwide next year, its chief executive said, as it extends its reach from the desktop to the living room.
 
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Melissa Petro / The Huffington Post:
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Tab Candy organization for Chrome? It's called Tab Sugar.
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Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feature: Advertisers get hands stuck inside HTML5 database cookie jar
Discussion: App Advice and TechEye, Thanks:atul
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung's Orion is the 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 we've all been waiting for
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