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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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New York Times:   A Threat to Startups  —  We believe that Google and Verizon's …
David Gelernter / New York Times:
Call It ‘Net Irrationality’
Washington Post:
Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg …
Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Introducing Fast Follow, and other SMS tips  —  We've always been big fans of trusty SMS messaging.  In fact, sending a text was originally the only way users could tweet.  This is why Tweets are 140 characters — they need to fit into a text message.  —  We value SMS because it's simple, instant and universal.
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 …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Why Google Became A Carrier-Humping, Net Neutrality Surrender Monkey (UPDATED)  —  ANALYSIS — In 2007, when the Android OS was still vaporware, Google made a gutsy $4.6 billion bet on mobile net neutrality.  While they never had to pay out the money, that all-in move forced the FCC …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Boing Boing, Thanks:rawmeet
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google & Apple Sold Out The Cell Phone Revolution  —  “Where's the revolution,” I asked when Google launched its Nexus One phone earlier this year.  There had been plenty of rumblings that Google would shake up how cell phones were sold in the US.  Google's Eric Schmidt once predicted we'd all be using free phones paid for by ads.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the Prankster Brothers Behind “Jenny,” the Whiteboard-Using, Farmville-Exposing, HPOA Girl  —  Yesterday, everyone on the Internet loved Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job by cursing out his passengers and bolting out of his plane using the emergency slide.
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.
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 …
Theodoric Meyer / The Dalles Chronicle:
On Google's Terms  —  The Dalles' Internet giant calls the shots on information despite government rules  —  Two data centers present a study in contrasts  —  PRINEVILLE, Ore.— High on a plateau above this struggling city's downtown, Facebook is busy building its first data center.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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.
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stats: The Age of the Internet of Things Has Dawned  —  The nation's two largest carriers added more connected devices last quarter than postpaid subscriptions, according to data released this morning by Chetan Sharma, a wireless analyst.  Carriers added 2.6 million connected devices and 1.2 million contract customers.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Plastic Logic cancels Que e-reader  —  In a move that will probably surprise few, Plastic Logic announced Tuesday that it's canceling plans for its pricey Que e-reader.  —  Plastic Logic had already delayed the Que several times after showing early versions of the product for years.
The Smoking Gun:
Turns Out 4Chan Boards Not As Lawless As They Seem  —  Popular Tags  —  Buster … Nearly overlooked during the recent criminal trial of the Tennessee man who hacked Sarah Palin's e-mail account was the testimony—as a government witness—of the founder of 4chan.org, the anarchic message board.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New federal antipiracy regulations await returning students  —  Baylor University doesn't want its students using peer-to-peer networks.  A BlueCoat PacketShaper locks down bandwidth to students, and all inbound ports are blocked by the campus firewall to keep “computers from acting as servers or super nodes in peer to peer networks.”
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What New Features Will Google Reveal at Mobile Event Thursday?  It Should Be Integrated Video Calling.  —  Today, Google sent out a notice that it would be holding an press event Thursday morning at its San Francisco offices, where the search giant would “be unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features...”
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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.
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.
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
EU, FTC probing Apple's policies  —  European regulators have teamed with the Federal Trade Commission in probing Apple's policies for mobile software developers, The Post has learned.  —  In June, the FTC opened an investigation into Apple's decision to ban developers from using …
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
Is Boston Becoming a Hub for Female Tech Entrepreneurs?  Maybe, and Here's Why  —  Gregory T. Huang wrote:  —  When most people think of the New England tech startup scene, they probably don't think of a bunch of women.  Like most places I've visited or lived in, the Boston technology community tends to feel pretty male-dominated.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
New iPod To Sport Retina Display And Dual Cameras?  —  And why not?  The iPod touch has always been positioned as a non-phone version of the current iPhone, though the hardware hasn't always been completely in parallel.  The original iPod touch got a hardware boost that put it past the original iPhone …
Discussion: MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Private, Anti-Foursquare To Geo-Fence Those Neer To You
RJ Owen / InsideRIA:
New Flash Player adds H.264 GPU support on OSX
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors and ByteArray.org, Thanks:chirag_mehta
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Meebo Co-founders Help Chat Startup HipChat Score $100K
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Answering your questions with Bing and Wolfram Alpha
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intuit Buys Personal Finance Management App Cha-Ching
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korean Police Raid Google Office
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Hiring, And In A Really Awesome Way