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9:20 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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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.
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
CNET News:
HP's letter to employees on Hurd resignation
Discussion: CBS News and Fortune
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Accused of harassment, HP CEO Mark Hurd resigns
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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
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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: L.A. Times Tech Blog and GigaOM
David Glazer / The Official Google Blog:
Google and Slide: building a more social web
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?
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
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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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.
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a ‘security nightmare’  —  Growing pains for next-gen address system  —  The internet's next-generation addressing scheme is so radically different from the current one that its adoption is likely to cause severe security headaches for those who adopt it, a researcher said last week.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Plugging the WikiLeak: What can the government do?  —  WASHINGTON - An online whistle-blower's threat to release more classified Pentagon and State Department documents is raising difficult questions of what the government can or would do, legally, technically or even militarily to stop it.
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
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 …
 
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Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Downplays iPhone Pact Risks
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
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Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon May Pick Texas, Utah for ‘Mercury’ Test
Discussion: Electronista
Souhail Karam / Reuters:
BlackBerry maker and Saudis working on fix: source
Discussion: Electronista
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
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
New ASUS Windows Phone 7 Device Appears in Pakistan