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1:15 PM ET, August 8, 2010

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Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Why The Verizon iPhone Rumors are True—CDMA iPhone Due in January  —  We've been hearing Verizon iPhone rumors for years now.  —  It's to the point that no one really believes the rumors anymore, since analysts and pundits have cried wolf so many times.  But this time looks to be different due …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Orders CDMA Chips for December Production Run of Verizon iPhone  —  Yes, it's the subject that's been beaten to death: a Verizon iPhone.  The ongoing rumors have been stoked in recent weeks by a claim from Bloomberg that the device will launch in January …
Discussion: Phones Review and Macsimum News
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
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Flash / Frash Ported to iPhone 4 !!  [Video]  —  The title says it all!  Yes, you can now get very alpha version of Flash (aka Frash) running right on your iPhone 4.  Previously, we showed you how to install Flash (Frash) on iPad.  And now folks at Grant Pannell site has managed to compile an iPhone 4 version of Flash.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P's Hurd Reaches Settlement With Contractor  —  Mark Hurd, who on Friday resigned as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. over his relationship with a marketing contractor that violated the company's business standards, reached a settlement with the unidentified contractor on Thursday regarding …
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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
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: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Political Campaign Against Craigslist Ratchets Up  —  The ongoing, misguided and dangerously self-defeating grandstanding political campaign against Craigslist apparently ratcheted up a bit today.  Paul Alan Levy points out that in the print edition of today's Washington Post, there's a giant …
Richard Rogers / Guardian:
Apple's self-inflicted bruises take the shine off its untouchable brand  —  Apple has been having a tricky time, with the latest hiccup a warning by the German government about the security of its devices  —  Despite the opening of their flagship store in London's Covent Garden yesterday, Apple has been having a tricky time.
Discussion: Phones Review and Technovia
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 …
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
 
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