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11:05 PM ET, August 7, 2010

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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.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mark Papermaster Leaves Apple; Responsible for iPhone 4 Antenna  —  Miguel Helft, reporting for the NYT: … From what I've heard, it's clear he was canned.  Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate press conference.  Inside Apple, he's “the guy responsible for the antenna” …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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?
Discussion: CNET News, HP and Silicon Alley Insider
John P. Mello / PC World:
Browser ‘Privacy Modes’ Not So Private After All  —  All the major web browsers have a privacy mode that's supposed to cover a user's tracks after he or she finishes an Internet session, but a trio of researchers have found those modes fail to purge all traces of a Net surfer's activities.
Discussion: Geek.com and CrunchGear, Thanks:rawmeet
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 …
Chuck Falzone / AndroidGuys:
First Look at New HTC/Verizon World Phone  —  AndroidGuys.com has just received exclusive photos of a new HTC Android phone that will not be released by Verizon til 2011.  The Verizon-branded prototype also included a Vodaphone SIM card, indicating that it will run on both CDMA and GSM networks.
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
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
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.
Tech Eye:
Mobile ads will be as annoying as TV ads  —  It was only a matter of time before smartphones started to get irritating, and we mean more irritating than the novelty alarm which wakes you up before the morning slog to work.  TV ad irritating, Go Compare irritating, Compare the Meerkat irritating.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Online privacy debates heat up in Washington  —  The issue of electronic privacy is as hot as the weather in Washington this summer.  Last week, both the House and Senate held hearings on online privacy, featuring testimony from top executives from Facebook, Apple and Google.
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 …
 
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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: ArabCrunch English
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a ‘security nightmare’
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
To Be Clear: Google IS Fighting Real Net Neutrality Rules …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Adds Email-Based FaceTime Support in iOS 4.1 Beta 3