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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: Guardian, The Atlantic Online and Boing Boing, Thanks:rawmeet
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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 …
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.
New York Times:   A Threat to Startups  —  We believe that Google and Verizon's …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Netflix to Pay Nearly $1 Billion to Add Films to On-Demand Service
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What New Features Will Google Reveal at Mobile Event Thursday?  Some Think 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, Electronista and Neowin.net
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.
The Smoking Gun:
Turns Out 4Chan Boards Not As Lawless As They Seem  —  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.
Christian Rudder / 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
Is Boston Becoming a Hub for Female Tech Entrepreneurs?  Maybe, and Here's Why  —  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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Thibault Imbert / ByteArray.org:
H.264 GPU Decoding in Flash Player on Mac OS X is live  —  We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player 10.1.82.76 containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called “Gala”.  Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is now officially enabled in the Flash Player.
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.
Agam Shah / 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.
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Pulls FarmVille Off MSN Games  —  Zynga has removed its hit game FarmVille from MSN Games, one of the bigger game portals around, we've learned.  Zynga first added FarmVille to MSN in February.  —  This is not the first time that Zynga has pulled a game from a platform.
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