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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook at Odds With Google, Verizon on Net Neutrality  —  Facebook Wednesday took issue with Google and Verizon's proposal to exempt cellular networks from rules that would ensure equal treatment of Internet traffic, saying the social-networking giant supports equal treatment on “both landline and wireless networks.”
Discussion: AdExchanger.com, Thanks:rawmeet
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Facebook Criticizes Google Verizon Net Neutrality Pact
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Google, Verizon are right to push out the wireless net neutrality talk
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google & Apple Sold Out The Cell Phone Revolution
Gmail Blog:
Updates to Contacts and a (slightly) new look for Gmail  —  We're constantly reviewing user feedback about Gmail, and for a while now the number one request has been for a better contacts experience.  You've asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as for specific improvements …
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.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Official Dell Streak Pricing, Carrier and Order Details for US Customers  —  I know many of you have been waiting for official pricing and carrier information on Dell Streak, so I'll just cut to the chase.  — AT&T will be the carrier for customers in the United States.
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
The Dell Streak Shows The CE World How To Be Relevant In An iDevice World
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Dell Streak Pricing: $300 With Two-Year AT&T Contract, $550 Without
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mark Hurd Had The Lowest Employee Approval Rating (34%) Of Any Major Tech CEO  —  Softcore-porn-actress-turned- marketing-consultant Jodie Fisher wasn't the only person who failed to be enamored by HP CEO Mark Hurd, who was forced to resign as a result of an investigation into his relationship with Ms. Fisher.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed  —  “Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)” is indeed a hoax, say its creators John and Leo Resig.  —  I'd love to pull out some well-worn meta-media analysis about how memes are increasingly …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
You've got friends: Facebook, AOL quietly talking online ad hookup  —  Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong are quietly discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online ad businesses, The Post has learned.  —  The two companies have been talking …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors  —  The tire pressure monitors built into modern cars have been shown to be insecure by researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina.  The wireless sensors, compulsory in new automobiles in the US since 2008 …
Discussion: Geek.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Had Offered Foursquare $120 Million, Foursquare Asked For $150 Million, Then Facebook Walked Away  —  Here are some numbers we hadn't seen before to go along with the Facebook-Foursquare acquisition chatter from earlier this year, before Foursquare raised its big round.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's Foursquare competitor is imminent
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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Softpedia News:   Follow Any User via SMS Without a Twitter Account
Mike Steib / Traditional Media:
DIRECTV Partners with Google TV Ads  —  Today, we're announcing a strategic partnership with DIRECTV through which Google TV Ads will offer inventory on a broad selection of television networks available on DIRECTV.  —  DIRECTV's national satellite inventory on Bloomberg Television, Centric …
Clark Fredricksen / eMarketer and Blog Posts:
Marketers to Spend $220 Million on Advertisements in Social Games This Year  —  For most social games, the primary revenue stream has not been advertising.  Instead, virtual goods are dominant.  However, companies such as Zynga and Playdom are realizing that their games are logical advertising destinations …
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Pulls FarmVille Off MSN Games
Discussion: TechFlash and VentureBeat
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
What Happened To Demand Media's Traffic?  —  Take a look at the Quantcast traffic data for Demand Media, the VC-backed online content creator that on Friday filed for a $125 million IPO:  —  The massive drop-off occured a few days prior to the IPO filing, and has stayed consistent over the past two days of Quantcast reports.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Qualcomm's E-Ink killer: How do you mass produce Mirasol?  —  Qualcomm's Mirasol, a color screen that has the battery life of E-Ink and can play video, is a likely candidate for a future version of Amazon's Kindle.  Now all Qualcomm has to do is manufacture it profitably.
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How Black People Use Twitter  —  As far as I can tell, the Twitter hashtag #wordsthatleadtotrouble got started at about 11 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday morning, when a user named Kookeyy posted this short message: “#wordsthatleadtotrouble 'Don't Worry I gotchu.”
comScore, Inc.:
Indonesia, Brazil and Venezuela Lead Global Surge in Twitter Usage  —  Global Audience to Twitter.com Doubles in Past Year, as Latin American Audience Grows Fourfold  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report on Twitter.com growth worldwide.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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