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5:45 PM ET, August 7, 2010

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP after Hurd: May the CEO guessing game begin  —  The abrupt resignation of HP CEO Mark Hurd will spark a lot of speculation about his successor.  Who will run HP next?  —  As analyzed earlier, Hurd stepped down over a sexual harassment claim.  A few key facts:  — Hurd resigned.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why would Mark Hurd take such risks as the head of HP?  —  Mark Hurd ran the the world's largest technology company, Hewlett-Packard, but he blew it.  —  Bill Hewlett and David Packard started HP in 1939, and they became Silicon Valley icons because of the significant company they built …
Discussion: CNET News, HP and Silicon Alley Insider
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
H.P. Ousts Chief for Hiding Payments to Friend  —  Mark V. Hurd, who turned Hewlett-Packard into the world's largest technology company on the back of fierce fiscal discipline, has been ousted from his post for the lowliest of corporate offenses — fudging his expenses.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:   Accused of harassment, HP CEO Mark Hurd resigns
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Executive Leaves After iPhone Antenna Troubles  —  Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the company's flagship iPhone, has left the company in the wake of widely reported problems with the antenna of the recently introduced iPhone 4.
Jim Harper / Wall Street Journal:
It's Modern Trade: Web Users Get as Much as They Give  —  If you surf the web, congratulations!  You are part of the information economy.  Data gleaned from your communications and transactions grease the gears of modern commerce.  Not everyone is celebrating, of course.
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Nicholas Carr / Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty, With Real Dangers
Discussion: Rough Type
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Big Macs on campus  —  In five years, Apple has switched places with Dell as the student laptop of choice  —  Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) dropped nearly 2.5% in the opening hour of trading Wednesday thanks in part to a downgrade by Global Equities Research's Trip Chowdhry that included this bulletpoint:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside the Numbers: How Demand Media Will Pitch a Billion Dollar IPO  —  Demand Media is a money-losing company.  How will it convince Wall Street to value it at a billion dollars or more?  —  By directing investors' attention to a set of numbers which say it's a very profitable company.
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents  —  During my tech days, I co-authored four software patents.  Each cost my startup about $15,000—which seemed like a fortune in those days.  I didn't really expect these to give me any advantage; after all if my competitors had half a brain …
Newsweek:
Needles in a Haystack  —  A 20-something named Austin Heap has found the perfect disguise for dissidents in their cyberwar against the world's dictators.  —  Jeremy and Claire Weiss for Newsweek  —  Austin Heap in San Francisco in June.  —  For Austin Heap, there was nothing particularly remarkable about June 14, 2009.
Discussion: Techdirt
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Don't bank on KMart's $150 Augen tablet getting Android Market access  —  When KMart started advertising that the Augen GenTouch78 tablet which the store was selling for $150 would have access to the Android Market, I was skeptical.  Google may not review every app in the Android Market with as much rigor …
Abdullah Al-Shihri / Associated Press:
Saudi reaches deal on BlackBerry, avoiding ban  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia and the makers of the BlackBerry have reached a preliminary deal on granting access to users' data that will avert a ban on the phone's messenger service in the kingdom, Saudi officials said Saturday.
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.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPod Touch and iOS Media Event Scheduled for Mid-August?
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
A simple plan to ruin your boss: plant child porn on his PC
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
What to do about WikiLeaks? Not much can be done
Discussion: Associated Press
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a ‘security nightmare’
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
To Be Clear: Google IS Fighting Real Net Neutrality Rules …
Discussion: Slate