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12:40 PM ET, August 9, 2010

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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 …
Peter Parkes / About Skype:
Skype Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering  —  LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg, Aug. 9, 2010 — Skype S.A., a global technology leader that enables real-time communications over the Internet, today announced that it has filed a Form S-1 registration statement with the Securities …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Big Tech IPO of the Day: Skype Tries to Dial Up $100 Million.
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?
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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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
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Verizon-Google deal could influence continued wrangling over net neutrality rules  —  Google and Verizon are expected to proceed as early as Monday with their announcement on a net neutrality agreement.  But given the end of parallel Federal Communications Commission negotiations …
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Robert X. Cringely / New York Times:
A Net Game for Google?
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
After Drought, Hope for Shows Made for Web  —  LOS ANGELES — When Illeana Douglas, long active in independent film, wanted to make a show about a Hollywood actress who becomes a cog in a blue-collar wheel, she turned to the Web and to an unusual ally, Ikea.
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 …
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.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC's first Windows Phone 7 device videoed, to be called Schubert?  —  HTC has publicly stated that they are committed to the Windows Phone 7 platform and plan on having a device ready to go to market on (or shortly after) WP7 is formally announced by Microsoft, and a new leak from 247windowsphone.com seems to confirm that.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Electronics Designers Struggle With Form, Function and Obsolescence  —  The result of movable object (iPhone) meeting immovable object (pavement)  —  Sorry, Steve Jobs, I owe you a new iPhone.  —  For the past few weeks I've been using a loaner iPhone 4 from Apple.
Thanks:rawmeet
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 …
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.
 
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iPad is just the beginning  —  The media pad market is brand new.
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