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5:00 PM ET, August 6, 2010

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Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Beatles and iTunes deal still at impasse: Yoko Ono  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, Yoko Ono said on Thursday.  —  The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads …
David Glazer / The Official Google Blog:
Google and Slide: building a more social web  —  We're excited to announce we've acquired Slide, a social technology company with an extensive history of building new ways for people to connect with others across numerous platforms online.  —  For Google, the web is about people …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How Slide Pushes Google's Open Social Strategy  —  Google this morning confirmed what had already been widely reported — that it has bought Slide, the social application maker.  (In fact, it's already been reported who made what from the $182 million sale, with an additional $46 million paid in retention bonuses.)
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP CEO Mark Hurd Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Accusations  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd just resigned over sexual harassment accusations by a former HP contractor.  —  CFO Cathie Lesjak will step in as CEO on an interim basis.  —  The HP board of directors launched an independent investigation …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Marc Andreessen In Charge Of Helping HP Find A New CEO  —  Now that Mark Hurd is out as CEO of HP, the company is going to have to find a new leader.  —  On a conference call with reporters, HP's general counsel didn't name any names for potential CEOs.  Though he did says Marc Andreessen …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Best Buy's CTO Tweets Out Pics Of A Rocketfish Tablet.  Seriously, A Best Buy Tablet.  —  Well, look at that.  A Rocketfish tablet.  Can't say we saw this coming, but Best Buy's CTO and Geek Squad founder, Robert Stephens, just tweeted two pics of the surprisingly polished-looking tablet.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
New ASUS Windows Phone 7 Device Appears in Pakistan  —  We don't have much information on this (yet) but it looks like an ASUS device running on Windows Phone 7 has been spotted in Pakistan.  Unlike the LG Panther and Samsung Taylor devices that are only intended to be development devices …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Controversy erupts over Apple software patent “copying” existing app's home screen  —  Today's Apple controversy: Apparently, a recent mobile app patent filed by Apple is blatantly copying the home screen of an existing application — the local search app Where To — reports GigaOm.
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Torch 9800 Teardown Photos and Video of Slider Mechanism in Action!  —  Tear down posts of a new smartphone don't normally happen until the new device is available for commercial purchase and somebody is crazy enough to sacrifice it to the tech gods.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces us to the Smart Bike  —  On August 5, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced Smart Bicycle System in development.  The premise is rather like Apple's Nike + iPod system for runners except for cyclists.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple in talks to buy China's Handseeing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in takeover talks with Chinese software maker Handseeing, an executive of the Chinese company said on Friday.  —  The deal would be the iPhone maker's first major acquisition in the country.
Souhail Karam / Reuters:
BlackBerry maker and Saudis working on fix: source  —  (Reuters) - The makers of the BlackBerry were looking into the possibility of using servers in Saudi Arabia on Friday to avert a threatened ban on its Messenger services by Saudi government, which wants access to its encrypted network, a source said on Friday.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Kinect patent detailed; American Sign Language supported  —  The patent for Microsoft's Kinect console has been unearthed, describing the “gesture keyboarding” system that's tracked by the special PrimeSense-developed depth camera.  Kinect builds a dynamic wireframe representation - or …
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Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
Machinarium suffers 90% piracy rate, offers $5 amnesty sale  —  When World of Goo came to the PC with no DRM, it eventually turned out that 90 percent of the people who played the game did so by pirating it.  Now it looks like Machinarium—an excellent point-and-click adventure game …
Discussion: Geek.com and Blue's News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's the Big IPO You've Been Waiting For: Demand Media Files With the SEC  —  Fun weekend reading for the tech and media set: Demand Media's S-1 filing, the first step it will take on the road to a public offering.  —  The S-1 doesn't include lots of important information …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Adds ‘Genius’ Tab to iPad App Store  —  Several readers have noted that Apple has rolled out a new “Genius” feature for its App Store application on the iPad.  Similar to other Genius offerings from Apple, the new tab offers automatic suggestions on applications users might be interested …
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon May Pick Texas, Utah for ‘Mercury’ Test  —  Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the two biggest U.S. mobile carriers, picked cities in Texas, Minnesota and Utah to test a smartphone payments system that may one day supplant plastic debit and credit cards …
Discussion: Electronista
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple opens “Try Before You Buy” section in App Store, Step to fight app piracy  —  Apple seems to be adding to and changing up their App Store's featured sections quite frequently.  Today Apple added a new section dedicated to promoting free applications on the App Store.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Turns News Browsing Into Infinite Search  —  We know that Yahoo is integrating search with news, recently launching a news portal called the the Upshot, which uses search data to pick which stories to pursue.  Today, Yahoo is integrating search into news content in yet another way …
Discussion: Yahoo! Search Blog, Thanks:ellieaskswhy
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Irish Red Cross Sues Google To Silence Anonymous Blogger …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Sean Parker, of Napster & Facebook, Sees a Bright Future for Chatroulette
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Yahoo! organic search results powered by Bing “as early as late August”
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hadopi Gone Wild: France Plans Spyware for Three Strikes
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Gowalla Officially Released Write API, the Right Way
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal on Android Lets You Bump Phones to Send Money
Discussion: Teens in Tech
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft begins adding single-sign on support to its Azure cloud
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:rawmeet
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Rdio Gaga: How Spotify's Inferior Rival Is Playing America Like A Violin
Discussion: Newsome.Org
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Can you buy me now? Apple and the war for the mobile market
Discussion: Daring Fireball and MacDailyNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zynga Confirms Unoh Acquisition