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1:45 PM ET, August 14, 2010

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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Apple manager arrested in kickback scheme  —  A midlevel Apple manager was arrested and accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday and a separate civil suit.
Giorgio / Invisible to the eye:
Google never removed Oracle from its index  —  Some folks have been reporting a strange behavior assumed by Google after the lawsuit filed by Oracle against Android and Google: it supposedly removed oracle.com pages, and all the pages that talk about Oracle, from its search index.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is this the burger joint of the future?  —  NEW YORK—The team behind 4food, a burger shop opening next month on Madison Avenue and East 40th Street in midtown Manhattan, might have put forth the most idealistic concept that the fast-food industry has yet seen.
Discussion: Eater NY and CNET News
Joan Marsh / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Wireless is Different  —  It's now day four of the aftermath of the Verizon-Google net neutrality announcement and the number of voices weighing in on the matter continues to grow.  Monday's news fanned what was already a passionate discussion.  And it also brought into focus a critical aspect …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
No Shock: AT&T Backs Different Rules for Wireless in Net Neutrality
Discussion: eWeek and TechCrunch
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Oracle v Google: Why?  —  When Android debuted in 2007, I couldn't figure out how Google had managed to apply an Apache license to the project.  Java, like Linux, was governed by the GPL and thus incompatible with the more permissive license Android was sporting.
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David Dahlquist / Computerworld:
Myspace Music Romeo is like Pandora for music videos  —  Pandora is a wonderful service for discovering new music that matches your tastes, but it does little to capitalize on the iPad's glorious 9-inch display.  Enter MySpace Music Romeo, an iPad app that lets you easily play, discover …
Keith / BIT-101:
Kindle and iPad Displays: Up close and personal.  —  This really isn't meant to be a contentious post.  It really only came about because I got a new toy, something I've been wanting to get for a while - a USB microsope!  Here's the model I got:  —  Veho VMS004 DELUXE USB Powered Microscope
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Liquidmetal May Be Used For New iPhone Antenna Says Inventor [Exclusive]  —  Apple may be planning to use Liquidmetal for a new iPhone antenna, says the co-inventor of the sci-fi metal alloy.  —  Interviewed exclusively by CultofMac.com, Dr. Atakan Peker says Liquidmetal might be a good material for building a next-generation antenna.
Discussion: Geek.com
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Company behind magicJack to banish calling costs  —  NEW YORK — The company behind the magicJack, the Internet phone gadget heavily advertised on television, has another trick up its sleeve: free phone calls from computers, smart phones and iPads.  —  The cost of phone calls routed over the Internet has been on a long slide.
Discussion: New York Times
Sara Inés Calderón / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Live Launches, Broadcasting Celebrities, Product Launches and More from Company Headquarters  —  Facebook debuted its official live video stream channel today, Facebook Live, at the company's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters.  Starting now, it is beginning to feature celebrity guests …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Out Of 500 Million Users, Looks Like 360 Tuned In To Facebook Live
Discussion: WebProNews, CNET News and VentureBeat
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Bike Nerds To Create a Low Cost Bike Sharing System For New York  —  A group of charming fellows have created something they're calling “Social Bicycles,” a bike-sharing system that allows you to drop bikes off almost anywhere there is a bike rack, locate them, and access them with an iPhone app.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Against Wikileaks?  Good Luck With That  —  View WikiLeaks insurance seeders in a larger map  —  Should the U.S. government declare a cyberwar against WikiLeaks?  —  On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a gathering in London that the secret-spilling website …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL “Head Of Technology” Jeff Reynar Already Bails For Startup After Half A Year  —  AOL's Jeff Reynar, hired in January as “head of technology for engineering and products in New York,” and later also “engineering lead for AOL's Content business” has already left the company, we hear.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd and The Huffington Post
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First Developer Build of Mac OS X 10.6.5
Voice of America:
Citizen Scientists Discover Rare Pulsar Using Home Computers
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Square mobile payment readers now shipping again to tiny transaction tycoons
Discussion: App Advice and Erictric
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
BBC: HTML5 ‘Starting to Sail Off-Course’
Dawn Kawamoto / DailyFinance:
Protesters at Google HQ Demand End to Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
After beating Microsoft, VirnetX hits Apple with patent suit
John Resig / jQuery Mobile:
Announcing the jQuery Mobile Project
Discussion: Ajaxian
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zagat First Partner To Integrate Foodspotting Photos And Guides
Garett Rogers / Googling Google Blog:
The problem with Google Voice Actions for Android
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Microsoft's lost eight years online: More than $6 billion down the tubes
Bloomberg:
PayPal Talking With Google About Handling Android Payments
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo, Erictric and Mashable!
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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