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7:40 AM ET, August 8, 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 sacked.  Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate press conference.  Inside Apple, he's “the guy responsible for the antenna” …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Phones Review
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla plans to silently update Firefox  —  Joins Google, Adobe in auto-update movement to take patching out of users' hands  —  Computerworld - Taking a page from rival Google's playbook, Mozilla plans to introduce silent, behind-the-scenes security updating to Firefox 4.
Discussion: Slashdot
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
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.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Did The iPad Preemptively Kill The US Tablet Market Like The Kindle & Nook Killed Other Ebook Readers?  —  Want an ebook reader in the states?  You have two choices: the Kindle or the Nook.  That's it about.  Either other manufacturers are pulling out of the US market or they're avoiding it altogether.
Discussion: TeleRead, GottaBeMobile and GigaOM
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Digg To AOL Exodus Claims Biz Dev VP Bob Buch  —  Former Digg biz dev head Bob Buch will as of Monday take on a new role as AOL's VP of Business Development.  Buch will be joining Digg's former Chief Strategy Officer Mike Maser, former Marketing Manager Aubrey Sabala, and former Head …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
SoftLayer, The Planet Outline Merger Plans  —  SoftLayer Technologies and The Planet are discussing a blockbuster merger that will make the combined entity one of the world's largest providers of web hosting and cloud computing services.  The new company will have more than 25,000 customers and manage more than 78,000 servers.
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.
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
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 …
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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Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Online privacy debates heat up in Washington
Newsweek:
Needles in a Haystack  —  A 20-something named Austin Heap …
Discussion: Techdirt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Big Macs on campus
Discussion: Education IT Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside the Numbers: How Demand Media Will Pitch a Billion Dollar IPO
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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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a ‘security nightmare’