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10:40 AM ET, August 10, 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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The Huffington Post:
Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse  —  So Google and Verizon went public today with their “policy framework” — better known as the pact to end the Internet as we know it.  News of this deal broke this week, sparking a public outcry that's seen hundreds of thousands of Internet users calling …
Discussion: ChannelWeb
Washington Post:
Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg - From Google and Verizon, a path to an open Internet  —  We have spent much of the past year trying to resolve our differences over the thorny issue of “network neutrality.”  This hasn't been an easy process, and Google and Verizon are neither regulators nor legislators.
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google, Verizon Announce a Cake-Having, Eating “Policy.”
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Chief Faults H.P. Board for Forcing Hurd Out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Lawrence J. Ellison, the chief executive of Oracle, denounced Hewlett-Packard's directors on Monday for forcing the resignation of the H.P. chief executive, Mark V. Hurd, who is a friend of Mr. Ellison's.
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New York Times:
Hewlett Took a P.R. Firm's Advice in the Hurd Case  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the career of Hewlett-Packard's chief executive Mark V. Hurd hung in the balance, a public relations specialist convinced the company's directors that H.P. would endure months of humiliation if accusations of sexual harassment …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
It's Official: EPIX, Netflix Announce “Multi-Year” Deal For Streaming Movies  —  EPIX and Netflix, mum yesterday, are now happy to talk.  The two companies have confirmed a big, expensive deal which gives Netflix the ability to show the pay TV service's movies on its streaming video offering.
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Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Netflix and Epix working on major digital partnership to shake up pay TV landscape
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead  —  A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. “vision statement” shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about people's activities?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Hiring, And In A Really Awesome Way  —  As we wrote earlier this morning, Twitter seems to be aggressively hiring.  Perhaps it's this awesome Rushmore-inspired “Meet The Class Of Twitter HQ” video compelling people to join the flock?  —  Highlights: The “sudo make me a website” …
Discussion: Local Media Watch
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Man Who Designed The Pre Is The Latest To Leave Palm/HP  —  The hits just keep on coming for HP.  Hot on the heels of the massive story of HP CEO Mark Hurd's resignation amid scandal, another high-level person has left the company.  Peter Skillman, the Vice President of Design at Palm …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Who Is Left At Palm? Hint: Not Execs Katie Mitic Or Jeff Zwerner
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Police Raid Google Office  —  SEOUL — The South Korean police raided the offices of Google Korea on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether the company illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.  —  The U.S. search and advertising titan is already facing lawsuits …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Coffee shops are taking Wi-Fi off the menu  —  To stimulate sales, coffeehouses are pulling the plug on the Net.  —  Dan and Nathalie Drozdenko say some come to their Downbeat Cafe because of Wi-Fi's absence.  —  Reporting from San Francisco —  Housed in an old San Francisco warehouse …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft keeps Mac vs. PC battle going on Windows 7 website  —  Microsoft has added a PC versus Mac section to its Windows 7 website.  The webpage is under the Compare tab, where users can match up the three main Windows 7 editions, read a Top 10 list of reasons to buy Windows 7 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Piece To Google's Social Puzzle: To Acquire Jambool For $70 Million  —  Google continues to gobble up companies that will form the backbone of it's new social strategy and the upcoming war with Facebook.  Last week it was Slide.  And they are now buying Jambool and their Social Gold payment product …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's RearType: Physical keys to the iPad, Kindle and tablet kingdoms?  —  Microsoft's product groups are busy crafting their answer(s) to the Apple iPad.  But Microsoft Research is working on slate/tablet-related projects of its own, including a way to add physical keys to the backs of these kinds of mobile-computing devices.
Thanks:bobcaswell
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Wowd Introduces a Filtered Facebook, Result Not Wowing  —  Social search company Wowd has introduced a new tool for advanced Facebook search, and it's a desktop app.  Actually, it's a desktop app that runs in your browser..but more on that later.  —  What Wowd promises is a tool to “filter Facebook.”
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 2 (and R2-D2 edition!) finally official: Android 2.2, Swype, $200 on contract  —  All together now: “Finally!”  At long last, the leaks are being plugged by none other than Verizon itself, who today confirmed that the Droid 2 is more than just a figment of everyone's imagination.
Jeremy Toeman / Legacy Locker Blog:
Why Twitter's New Deceased User's Policy Isn't Good Enough  —  Twitter today posted a new policy entitled “How to Contact Twitter About a Deceased User” (possibly at the suggestion of social media marketer Adele McAlear or a not-so recent Gizmodo post?), and while we think it's absolutely fantastic …
Bloomberg:
Saudi Arabia Lets RIM Continue BlackBerry Services  —  Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia allowed Research In Motion Ltd. to continue BlackBerry messaging services while asking the Canadian company to put in place a system that will let the kingdom monitor user data.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Fluther launches ‘Federated’: Q&A for any site  —  Questions-and-answers service Fluther is unveiling a new platform on Monday that lets companies integrate the Fluther community, and its real-time Q&A interface into their Web sites.  —  The platform, which is called Federated Fluther …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Citing Facebook App Developer Shortage, Webtrends Acquires Transpond
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