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4:30 PM ET, August 5, 2010

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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google denies deal with Verizon to end net neutrality  —  Search giant says there is no agreement allowing telecoms company Verizon to prioritise the order and speed in which it delivers content to users  —  Google has dismissed reports that the company is in talks with US telecoms operator Verizon …
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Verizon:
New York Times' Story is Mistaken  —  The NYT article regarding conversations between Google and Verizon is mistaken.  It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose.  As we said in our earlier FCC filing, our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google, Verizon Deny NYT Story On Their Undermining Of Net Neutrality  —  Yesterday, the New York Times published a story that detailed an agreement in the works between Verizon and Google that would effectively kill off net neutrality by allowing “Verizon to speed some online content …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Google and Verizon in Talks on Web Priority
Machmeter / HardMac.com:
Pictures of the iPod Touch 4... well, almost  —  As you may know, Apple provides some case manufacturers with the size and shape of the new iPhones and iPods so they can start making the new cases before the devices come out.  This doesn't allow us to know what materials Apple will use …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Developers Did Not Adopt Google Wave  —  Google Wave entered the Google Apps family earlier this year with what looked like some momentum.  —  Novell had integrated Google Wave into its Pulse project.  SAP had developed a collaborative business process modeling tool within Google Wave.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter's ShoutOut is an internal service for employees.  Read the awesome official statement.  —  Okay, so a bit of back story.  Louis Gray found a mysterious Twitter account called ShoutOut that hinted at some kind of new Twitter service.  We later spotted a DM Fail from Twitter's Sean Garrett that seemed to confirm it was real.
Discussion: louisgray.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Officials Voice Support for BlackBerry  —  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waded into the debate over the United Arab Emirates' threat to ban BlackBerry messaging services Thursday, acknowledging the Persian Gulf country's concerns but saying the move endangers the free flow of information.
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Reuters:
Lebanon Is Latest Country With BlackBerry Concerns
Discussion: PC World, Gizmodo and Security and Risk
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Schmidt: Google Now Activating 200,000 Android Units A Day [Video]  —  Remember back in the day when Google was only activating 100,000 Android units a day?  You should — it was May.  By June, that number had jumped to 160,000 units a day.  And today it now stands at 200,000 Android units activated a day.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft's mystery hardware?  Arc Touch Mouse, launching in September  —  Microsoft has been teasing a new mystery hardware device over the past week.  According to company insiders the software giant plans to unveil a new Arc Touch Mouse in September.  —  Details of the Arc Touch Mouse …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Stores Raking In Revenue  —  How's this for a data point: Apple's (AAPL) retail store revenue increased 72.8 percent year over year to $2.58 billion in the June quarter.  That means, according to Needham analyst Charlie Wolf, Apple Store revenue for that period was greater …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Deep Inside Xbox 360 Kinect: The Interface of Microsoft's Dreams  —  Kinect is more than an Xbox 360 peripheral, it's the future of Microsoft, or at least a very possible one.  It's the beginning of Microsoft's plans for natural user interfaces, the step beyond the thing you're staring at right now.
Discussion: Go Rumors and Geek.com, Thanks:rawmeet
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hunch Relaunches as Internet Personalization Service  —  Hunch was never a social Q&A service, though many press outlets have confused it for one.  The service, founded by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and super-hot angel investor Chris Dixon, has relaunched its home page …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Gamers beat algorithms at finding protein structures  —  Today's issue of Nature contains a paper with a rather unusual author list.  Read past the standard collection of academics, and the final author credited is... an online gaming community.  —  Scientists have turned to games for a variety …
Leonid Taycher / Google Book Search Blog:
Books of the world, stand up and be counted!  All 129,864,880 of you.  —  When you are part of a company that is trying to digitize all the books in the world, the first question you often get is: “Just how many books are out there?”  —  Well, it all depends on what exactly you mean by a “book.”
Discussion: The Official Google Blog, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide, Vic Gundotra & The Un-Social Reality of Google  —  It was a nearly a decade and a half ago that I fell in love with America's pastime, baseball.  I loved the sound of the ball hitting the bat.  I loved the juxtaposition of green grass and red clay on the baseball diamond.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Google offer Nexus One as unlocked Android developer phone  —  As a way of supporting Android development Google has always offered an unlocked handset directly to developers.  To begin with it used to be a G1, but as the hardware iterations have passed so has the onus on Google to update the phone it offered.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Taking Gaming Seriously, Hiring Head of Games Partnerships  —  If there was any doubt before, it's clear now that Facebook is embracing the fact that games are a core part of its experience, and it's taking its relationship with gaming companies very seriously.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Johnny Diaz / Boston Globe:
With Patch, AOL offers challenge to local news  —  A risky Web strategy in a crowded field  —  Like any online user, Annie LaCourt can easily scour for news from around the world, but sometimes she prefers to make the Internet more intimate and local, all about her hometown of Arlington.
Electronista:
HP quietly intros new Mini 5103 netbook with DDR3  —  HP today slipped out an upgrade to its pro netbooks in the form of the Mini 5103.  The 10-inch portable uses a 1.66GHz Atom N455 or 1.86GHz N475 but primarily gets a memory upgrade: either supports 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM instead of the more typical DDR2.
Discussion: The Toybox Blog and Engadget
 
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