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3:30 AM ET, August 7, 2010

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HP:
HP CEO Mark Hurd Resigns; CFO Cathie Lesjak Appointed Interim CEO; HP Announces Preliminary Results and Raises Full-year Outlook  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP today announced that Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Mark Hurd has decided with the Board of Directors to resign his positions effective immediately.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP CEO Mark Hurd Resigns After Sexual Harassment Accusations  —  Update 2: What seems to have caused Hurd to resign is that the HP board of directors, investigating a sexual harrassment allegation by a contractor, discovered he cheated on expense reports.  Some of this money seems to have gone to the contractor in question.
CNET News:
HP's letter to employees on Hurd resignation  —  Mark Hurd stepped down as Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO in the wake of the company's investigation into a former HP contractor's claim that she was sexually harassed by him.  Chief Financial Officer Cathie Lesjak immediately stepped in as interim CEO.
Discussion: TechFlash
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Marc Andreessen And Other Board Members In Charge Of Helping HP Find A New CEO
Discussion: eWeek and CNET 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 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Demand Media's IPO: The Google & SEO Aspects  —  Demand Media has filed for an IPO.  The company, known as a content farm to some, produces much of its content on sites like eHow and others in direct response to what it determines people are searching for on the web.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web  —  Bill Gates thinks something is going to die too.  —  No, it's not physical books like Nicholas Negroponte — instead, Gates thinks the idea of young adults having to go to universities in order to get an education is going to go away relatively soon.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:   Bill Gates: Better software modeling is a key
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Adds Email-Based FaceTime Support in iOS 4.1 Beta 3  —  Apple's latest beta version of iOS 4.1 released earlier this week has offered the strongest evidence yet that the company is planning to roll out FaceTime video calling functionality to future non-iPhone devices based on the iOS operating system.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook on ‘lockdown’ as it prepares for war with Google  —  It looks like Google isn't the only one gearing up for a social network battle.  —  Rumors surfaced in June that the search giant was developing a Facebook competitor called Google Me, and the company's social networking ambitions became …
Discussion: Webomatica
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
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Beatles, iTunes deal still at impasse — Yoko Ono  —  * Widow unveils John Lennon commemorative projects  —  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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nicholas Negroponte: The Physical Book Is Dead In 5 Years  —  Today at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA, CNBC's Maria Bartiromo sat down with a panel including Bill Joy, Kevin Kelly, Nicholas Negroponte, and Willie Smits.  The topic was basically the future of technology.
Discussion: CNET News and Spark Minute
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 …
Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Downplays iPhone Pact Risks  —  Carrier Says Any Loss of Exclusivity Won't Have ‘Material’ Impact  —  AT&T Inc. said Friday it doesn't expect to suffer a “material negative impact” from the end of its exclusive arrangements to carry handsets, including its lucrative deal for Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
To Be Clear: Google IS Fighting Real Net Neutrality Rules - Knows which side their Android bread is buttered...  As we've noted, the FCC yesterday announced they were ceasing all closed-door negotiations with carriers and Google after reports surfaced that Verizon and Google had been hashing out their own private neutrality arrangement.
Discussion: Associated Press
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Wants Torrent Sites to Adopt Torrent Tweet  —  BitTorrent Inc. has released a new App for uTorrent that allows users to find out what others people are saying about a torrent they're downloading.  Users can also join the discussion and use uTorrent to tweet about torrents.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
MTV loses Web videos from Universal Music  —  MTV, once the king of music videos, has failed to reach an agreement with music portal Vevo, for the rights to Universal Music Group's Web music videos.  —  Negotiations between MTV and Vevo over videos from UMG, home of such artists as U2 …
 
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
Machinarium suffers 90% piracy rate, offers $5 amnesty sale
Discussion: Geek.com and Blue's News
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Controversy erupts over Apple software patent “copying” existing app's home screen
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal on Android Lets You Bump Phones to Send Money
Discussion: GigaOM and Teens in Tech
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
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