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10:15 AM ET, August 8, 2010

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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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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: Slashdot
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
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
SoftLayer, The Planet Outline Merger Plans  —  SoftLayer Technologies and The Planet are discussing a blockbuster merger that will make the combined entity one of the world's largest providers of web hosting and cloud computing services.  The new company will have more than 25,000 customers and manage more than 78,000 servers.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Don't bank on KMart's $150 Augen tablet getting Android Market access  —  When KMart started advertising that the Augen GenTouch78 tablet which the store was selling for $150 would have access to the Android Market, I was skeptical.  Google may not review every app in the Android Market with as much rigor …
Jim Harper / Wall Street Journal:
It's Modern Trade: Web Users Get as Much as They Give  —  If you surf the web, congratulations!  You are part of the information economy.  Data gleaned from your communications and transactions grease the gears of modern commerce.  Not everyone is celebrating, of course.
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Nicholas Carr / Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty, With Real Dangers
Discussion: Rough Type
 
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Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Online privacy debates heat up in Washington
Newsweek:
Needles in a Haystack  —  A 20-something named Austin Heap …
Discussion: Techdirt
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Big Macs on campus
Discussion: Education IT Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
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