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3:25 AM ET, August 11, 2010

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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   With Fast Follow You Can Get Tweets Via SMS Even If You Don't Use Twitter
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Fortune and ReadWriteWeb
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Launching Official Tweet Buttons This Week [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Twitter is launching an official Tweet Button for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to documents Mashable has obtained.  The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and NewsGrange
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:   Twitter introduces the Tweet Button.  Is TweetMeme being left in the cold?
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Review of Verizon and Google's Net Neutrality Proposal  —  Efforts to protect net neutrality that involve government regulation have always faced one fundamental obstacle: the substantial danger that the regulators will cause more harm than good for the Internet.
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David Gelernter / New York Times:
Call It ‘Net Irrationality’
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How Black People Use Twitter … - Why Does Alaska Have So Many Plane Crashes?  - Slate Labs: The Most Common Names on Facebook- Is It Better for the Planet If You Take the Elevator or the Escalator?  - John McWhorter: Free the 11 Racist Looney Tunes Cartoons- Why No One in Russia …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
‘John Doe’ Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order After 6 Years  —  The owner of an internet service provider who mounted a high-profile court challenge to a secret FBI records demand has finally been partially released from a 6-year-old gag order that forced him to keep his role in the case …
Discussion: Techdirt and Washington Post
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.
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...”
Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
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.
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.
Mark Ward / BBC:
Smartphone security put on test  —  How the stolen data was sent to an e-mail inbox set up to receive it  —  BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application for a smartphone.  —  Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Linux Foundation launches major open-source license compliance program  —  BOSTON, Mass. — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Linux, announced on August 10th at LinuxCon the launch of the Open Compliance Program.  What is that you ask?
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 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove Dumps Limelight for Akamai  —  Brightcove is announcing today that it is transitioning to Akamai's content delivery network and working with the cloud services provider to roll out new features to its clients based on Akamai's HD network.  The move will come as a big blow to Limelight …
 
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
BSkyB disputes Skype trademark as too close to Sky
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
Is Boston Becoming a Hub for Female Tech Entrepreneurs?  Maybe, and Here's Why
Discussion: GigaOM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Take This Blog and Shove It!  —  When utopian ideals crash …
Discussion: MediaPost, Techdirt and gapingvoid
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 2 (and R2-D2 edition!) …