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Craig Aaron / 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 …
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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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Internet, schminternet  —  I am baffled by the Google-Verizon agreement on nonnet-nonneutrality.  I'm mostly baffled by why Google would put its name to this.  What does it gain?  —  As I see it, the agreement makes two huge carve-outs to neutrality and regulation of the internet: mobile and anything new.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP tells employees webOS tablet coming Q1 2011  —  We've been trying to find out when HP would launch a webOS tablet since the company first bought Palm, and we're now hearing from several trusted sources that it'll be calendar Q1 2011.  We're told Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley mentioned …
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.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korean 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 had illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.  —  The U.S. search titan is already facing lawsuits …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's Foursquare competitor is imminent  —  The long-rumored geolocation “check-in” feature at Facebook is slated to debut within weeks, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNET.  —  It's going to take the form of an application program interface (API) for third-party companies …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Hotmail still not working?  Use Chrome to fix it, says MS  —  Advises unhappy users to switch to Google's browser  —  Microsoft has advised Hotmail users struggling to access their email accounts to surf via Google's Chrome browser in order to successfully connect to the recently overhauled service.
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” …
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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 …
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Chief Faults H.P. Board for Forcing Hurd Out
Louis Gray:
Google Revamps and Simplifies Contacts In Gmail  —  approach to Contacts has lagged, making it the target of frustration from many users.  Today, the company admits as much, saying it's the thing people “are least satisfied with” about Gmail.  They hope a number of improvements, rolling out immediately, will help.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Gmail Blog and TechCrunch
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
First Trojan for Android Phones Goes Wild [UPDATE]  —  Google Android phones must be popular - they've just been targeted with their first Trojan.  An SMS Trojan called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a has already infected a number of mobile devices, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“A Series Of Tubes” Pays Tribute To Former Senator Ted Stevens  —  In an odd bit of timing, news is breaking that former United States Senator Ted Stevens was on board a plane that crashed in his native Alaska last night.  A former aide stated earlier that Stevens passed away in the crash, but Stevens' family has yet to comment.
Discussion: USA Today and GigaOM
Bing / Search Blog:
Answering your questions with Bing and Wolfram Alpha  —  Have your kids ever asked you a question for a school paper or homework that you wish you knew?  Have you given an answer that you “think” you remember from your days in school, knowing that the information you were about to give might be very outdated?
Discussion: The Next Web and Softpedia News
Gizmodo:
iPhones Users Have Twice as Much Sex as Android Users (Plus!  Sexiest Cameras)  —  According to 11 million plus images indexed by users of dating site OK Cupid, iPhone users get laid twice as often as Android users.  —  If you're anything like me, you usually think of your pics in terms of content: Here's me smiling.
Computerworld:
Dell's Streak tablet to go on sale Aug. 12  —  After delays, Dell will start to ship the highly anticipated Streak mobile Internet device to customers in the U.S. this week.  —  After delays, Dell will start to ship the highly anticipated Streak mobile Internet device to customers in the U.S. this week.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Amazon Is Said to Look at Hardware Beyond Kindle  —  If you look at the job board for Lab 126, the division of Amazon responsible for the Kindle e-reader, you will see a flurry of listings related to electronics hardware, with titles like Supply Chain Project Program Manager, Hardware Engineer and RF Systems Engineer.
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.
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?
Derek Flanzraich / Derek Flanzraich's Blog:
The Idea or The Execution?  Here's What The Greatest Minds in Tech Say.  —  Which is more crucial to the success of a startup: the idea or the execution?  —  When I got my early beta invite to Quora, the questions & answers site started by former Facebook employees in an attempt …
Newsweek:
Take This Blog and Shove It!  —  When utopian ideals crash into human nature—sloth triumphs.  —  In the history of the web, last spring may figure as a tipping point.  That's when Wikipedia, “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”—a site that grew from 100,000 articles in 2003 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
 
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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
EU, FTC probing Apple's policies
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Founder Announces Stealth ‘Communications’ Startup Heello
Discussion: Let's be real and The Next Web
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Meebo Co-founders Help Chat Startup HipChat Score $100K
Phil Libin / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote's July 1st Server Problem
Discussion: CNET News and fiercecio.comwatch
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Intuit Buys Personal Finance Management App Cha-Ching
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Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic Desktop 2 Beta - with Twitter User Streams
Discussion: Black Web 2.0 and The Next Web
Jeremy Toeman / Legacy Locker Blog:
Why Twitter's New Deceased User's Policy Isn't Good Enough
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Wowd Introduces a Filtered Facebook, Result Not Wowing
Discussion: Scobleizer and WebProNews
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
You Can Now Discount Your iOS Apps 50% For Schools
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Citing Facebook App Developer Shortage, Webtrends Acquires Transpond
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Coffee shops are taking Wi-Fi off the menu
Discussion: Technologizer and Pocket-lint