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8:00 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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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
FCC Commissioner On Verizon-Google Proposal: Time To Put Consumers First
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google & Verizon Propose Enforceable Net Neutrality
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 …
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?
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Netflix and Epix working on major digital partnership to shake up pay TV landscape  —  In a deal that could transform the landscape for digital movie distribution, start-up pay-TV channel Epix is in serious negotiations to give Netflix exclusive online rights to films from its three equity partners …
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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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Geek.com
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.
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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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
How Skype Plans to Grow Its Business
Discussion: NewTeeVee and VentureBeat
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Citing Facebook App Developer Shortage, Webtrends Acquires Transpond  —  Facebook is one of the most popular communication mediums in the history of the world, but according to web analytics firm Webtrends, there's not enough developers who know how to build applications for it.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
You Can Now Discount Your iOS Apps 50% For Schools  —  Apple, ever tinkering with the app store, has just released a very interesting option for developers: bulk educational discounts.  As a developer you can now offer a lower price to a school when they buy your app in quantity.
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Fluther launches ‘Federated’: Q&A for any site
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Will Games Help Google Figure Out How to Be Social?
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture Blog:
IDC: very soon, a third of all software delivered via cloud
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter API to Get Ads Inserted, Revenue to be Shared With Developers
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
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Local governments save paper, do business with iPads
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Bradford Cross / measuringmeasures.com:
The Next Silicon Valley
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
With Skype, Marc Andreessen is the new king of Silicon Valley
Discussion: Digital Tools, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
FTC halts domain-name registration scam
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Steve Nash Drives Into Venture Capital