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2:20 PM ET, August 9, 2010

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Google Public Policy Blog:
A joint policy proposal for an open Internet  —  Posted by Alan Davidson, Google director of public policy and Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications  —  The original architects of the Internet got the big things right.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging The Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Press Conference  —  Google and Verizon have announced that they'll be hosting a conference call today at 10:30 AM Pacific Time.  Topic?  Not said, but probably related to the rumor last week that the two companies have cut a deal …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Files for IPO  —  Skype, the Internet telephony company is looking to raise upto $100 million in an Initial Public Offering, according to a registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company will be selling American Depositary Shares (ADSs) and will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Skype Spent $343.8 Million To Acquire Its P2P Software From Founders  —  Skype, which separated from eBay late last year, filed for a $100 million IPO this morning.  —  Among the details in its filing: A bunch of information around its huge legal settlement last November with Joltid …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!  —  One of our Verizon Wireless sources has dropped a whole bunch of info in our laps.  We're talking intimate details of Verizon Wireless' plans for the rest of 2010, 2011 and even some 2012 plans.  Android tablets, LTE MiFi units, Android 3.0, video conferencing, and a whole lot more.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Best Buy pegs Droid 2 at $199 with 2-year activation, $599 without (updated)  —  It's rather astounding to believe we've come this far without Verizon or Motorola so much as recognizing the Droid 2's existence, but with leaks like this on a weekly basis who needs traditional marketing?
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Former softcore porn actress Jodie Fisher identified in HP CEO sex scandal  —  Above, while it lasts: the video demo reel on YouTube for actress Jodie Fisher (not Jodie Foster!), who was today identified by the New York Times, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, AP, Reuters …
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Mercury News:   Statement: Jodie Fisher's statement on her relationship with ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Papermaster's Departure Linked to ‘Cultural Incompatibility’ Rather Than Antenna Issues  —  The Wall Street Journal provides some additional color on the departure of Apple's iPhone hardware engineering chief Mark Papermaster, citing “broader cultural incompatibility” rather than a direct link …
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Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
Apple licenses tech of Liquidmetal Technologies  —  An SEC filing just hit that shows that Apple Inc. struck a deal with Liquidmetal Technologies, a California-based company that holds patents on new metal and alloy designs, for essentially access to all of its intellectual property.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM BlackPad tablet priced at $499 when it ships in November?  —  Come on, admit it, you want to believe that RIM is working on a tablet called the BlackPad don't you?  You'd better, because Apple Daily is piling on with more unsubstantiated rumor this morning.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Digitimes: Upgraded iPad, CDMA iPhone And iOS Powered Apple TV Coming In 2011  —  According to Digitimes' senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple will be launching two upgraded iPad devices in the first quarter of 2011.  —  The first tablet will be an upgraded 9.7 inch iPad with a new ARM Cortex-A9-based processor …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Google's count of 130 million books is probably bunk  —  Google's core Internet search technology famously grew out of a grad school project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to index the world's books, and the modern Google Books Project actually touts itself as the part of Google that carries on the founders' original vision.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
12-core Apple Mac Pro orders are go  —  After a brief outage the Apple Store is back with the previously announced 12-core Mac Pro (and revamped quad- and 6-core models) ready to order.  Prices start at $4,999 for a pair of 6-core Xeon Westmere procesors humming along at 2.66GHz, 6GB of memory …
 
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Japanese paper reported Evernote lost 7000 users data
Discussion: The Next Web
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Electronics Designers Struggle With Form, Function and Obsolescence
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e-Books From an Author's Point of View
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Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
FDA Asserted Authority Not Only Over Social Media, but Metadata Too
Electronista:
Netflix confirms Android app coming
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPad is just the beginning  —  The media pad market is brand new.
Discussion: TeleRead
Robert X. Cringely / New York Times:
A Net Game for Google?
Discussion: Google Watch, eWeek and Quoderat