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6:15 PM ET, August 10, 2010

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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.
New York Times:   A Threat to Startups  —  We believe that Google and Verizon's …
David Gelernter / New York Times:   Call It ‘Net Irrationality’
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Reuters:
BlackBerry gets reprieve, source says Saudi “deal”  —  Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has agreed to hand over coveted “codes” to users' phones to try to avert a ban on its Messenger service in Saudi Arabia, an industry source familiar with the talks told Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Private, Anti-Foursquare To Geo-Fence Those Neer To You  —  If you are going to launch a new location app, creating an anti-Foursquare is probably not a bad idea.  About a week ago, a Qualcomm-incubated project called Neer quietly launched on the Android market, and has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since then.
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: Gmail Blog, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
RJ Owen / InsideRIA:
New Flash Player adds H.264 GPU support on OSX  —  Flash Player Product Manager Thibault Imbert reports on his blog that Flash Player 10.1.82.76, containing H.264 GPU Decoding, has been pushed as the official current version of the Flash Player.  —  This feature has been about two years …
Discussion: ByteArray.org and Security Watch, Thanks:chirag_mehta
 
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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
EU, FTC probing Apple's policies
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Founder Announces Stealth ‘Communications’ Startup Heello
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Meebo Co-founders Help Chat Startup HipChat Score $100K
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Evernote's July 1st Server Problem
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Wowd Introduces a Filtered Facebook, Result Not Wowing
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Twitter Is Hiring, And In A Really Awesome Way
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft keeps Mac vs. PC battle going on Windows 7 website
New York Times:
Hewlett Took a P.R. Firm's Advice in the Hurd Case
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Man Who Designed The Pre Is The Latest To Leave Palm/HP
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead