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12:20 PM ET, August 11, 2010

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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 …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook at Odds With Google, Verizon on Net Neutrality
Discussion: AdExchanger.com, Thanks:rawmeet
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Facebook Criticizes Google Verizon Net Neutrality Pact
Discussion: Fortune, Tech Eye and MediaPost
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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Dell Streak Pricing: $300 With Two-Year AT&T Contract, $550 Without  —  That's almost twice as much as a good iPod Touch, and if you wait a few weeks to buy the Touch, you'll get one with a Retina Display and dual cameras.  If Dell can't make an iPod Touch competitor, who can?
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Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Official Dell Streak Pricing, Carrier and Order Details for US Customers
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.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:   Twitter introduces the Tweet Button.  Is TweetMeme being left in the cold?
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and Reuters
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
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 …
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Phones?  Set-Top Boxes?  Tablets? …
Thanks:bobcaswell
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.
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.”
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.
 
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