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11:25 AM ET, August 7, 2010

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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.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why would Mark Hurd take such risks as the head of HP?  —  Mark Hurd had the privilege of running the world's largest technology company.  Hewlett-Packard was started in 1939 by two men who passionately believed in a future driven by technology and the great people who could build it.  But Hurd blew it.
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.
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.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Accused of harassment, HP CEO Mark Hurd resigns
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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?  —  Claimed next-generation iPod touch LCD and front bezel showing apparent camera hole  —  MacMagazine reports (Google translation) that it has received information from a “reliable source within Apple” that the company is planning …
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.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buys Slide to Get Facebook Data  —  Google August 6 agreed to acquire social application provider Slide, ostensibly to challenge Facebook's social network hegemony.  Even with Zynga and Slide, Google has its work cut out.  —  Google August 6 said it agreed to acquire social application provider Slide …
Discussion: Softpedia News, PC World and VatorNews
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook on ‘lockdown’ as it prepares for war with Google
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
A simple plan to ruin your boss: plant child porn on his PC  —  A disgruntled maintenance worker at a UK secondary school has been accused of planting child pornography on his boss' computer in order to have his boss fired and to ruin the man's life.  —  The perpetrator allegedly mailed …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Plugging the WikiLeak: What can the government do?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a ‘security nightmare’
Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Downplays iPhone Pact Risks
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nicholas Negroponte: The Physical Book Is Dead In 5 Years
Discussion: CNET News and Spark Minute
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Wants Torrent Sites to Adopt Torrent Tweet
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
New York AG files price-fixing suit vs LCD makers
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Irish Red Cross Sues Google To Silence Anonymous Blogger …
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon May Pick Texas, Utah for ‘Mercury’ Test
Discussion: Electronista
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking
Discussion: p2pnet, Techdirt and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul