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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 …
Washington Post:
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David Gelernter / New York Times:   Call It ‘Net Irrationality’
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Why Google Became A Carrier-Humping, Net Neutrality Surrender Monkey (UPDATED)
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Boing Boing, Thanks:rawmeet
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
RJ Owen / InsideRIA:
New Flash Player adds H.264 GPU support on OSX
Discussion: ByteArray.org, Adobe and Security Watch, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
EU, FTC probing Apple's policies
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“A Series Of Tubes” Pays Tribute To Former Senator Ted Stevens
Discussion: BoomTown, USA Today and GigaOM
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
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Evernote's July 1st Server Problem
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intuit Buys Personal Finance Management App Cha-Ching
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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