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11:50 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.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple iPod Operations Manager Paul Shin Devine held in supplier kickback scheme  —  Paul Shin Devine, 37, of Sunnyvale, California is being held on accusations that he accepted more than $1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Real Reason for Ousting H.P.'s Chief  —  The resignation of Mark V. Hurd last week from his seemingly secure post as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard has got to be one of the great head-scratchers in recent times.  —  Here's a guy who walked into a very troubled situation, replacing Carleton S.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and VentureBeat
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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Groklaw:
The Oracle-Google Mess: A Question - Are Any of the Patents Tied to a Specific Machine?  - Updated 3Xs: Google Speaks  —  On the Oracle v. Google litigation announcement, here's something that I don't see anyone else mentioning yet.  —  On the Oracle patents, in a post-Bilski world, the right question would seem to be:
Discussion: Roughly Drafted and CNET News, Thanks:atul
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Man Scrawls World's Biggest Message With GPS ‘Pen’  —  One man drove 12,238 miles across 30 states to scrawl a message that can only be viewed using Google Earth.  His big shoutout: “Read Ayn Rand.”  —  Nick Newcomen did a road trip over 30 days that covered stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Google and the Search for the Future  —  The Web icon's CEO on the mobile computing revolution, the future of newspapers, and privacy in the digital age.  —  To some, Google has been looking a bit sallow lately.  The stock is down.  Where once everything seemed to go the company's way …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
I Love The Smell Of OAuth In The Morning.  OAuthpocalypse Now!  —  Some of you may recall back in 2009 when there was not one, but two Twitpocalypses.  As a quick refresher, it was an issue with the unique identity number for tweets and the 32-bit signed and unsigned integer limits.
Felix Salmon:
The huge obstacles facing Murdoch's new tablet newspaper  —  Rupert Murdoch is launching a new national newspaper, which will be “distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple's iPad and mobile phones”.  —  The interesting thing here is the “paid content” part …
Charles Hooper:
How I Made Money Spamming Twitter with Contextual Book Suggestions  —  Two winters ago I left a position as a system administrator that was paying pretty well and moved cross-country to a region with less jobs than where I moved from.  Three months later, I was still unemployed, broke, and bored.
Discussion: Giles Bowkett
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Indian Tablet Gets TV Demo But Is Still Hard to Believe  —  If it's on TV, it must be true, right?  —  When India's plans for an ultra-cheap tablet PC, destined to transform education in the nation, surfaced several weeks back the entire world was skeptical.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Suit alleges Disney, other top sites spied on users  —  A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges that a group of well-known Web sites, including those owned by Disney, Warner Bros. Records, and Demand Media, broke the law by covertly tracking the Web movements of their users, including children.
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Meet Twitter's new developer diplomacy
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
Giorgio / Invisible to the eye:
Google never removed Oracle from its index
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First Developer Build of Mac OS X 10.6.5
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is this the burger joint of the future?
Discussion: Eater NY and CNET News
David Dahlquist / Computerworld:
Myspace Music Romeo is like Pandora for music videos
 Earlier Items: 
Voice of America:
Citizen Scientists Discover Rare Pulsar Using Home Computers
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Against Wikileaks? Good Luck With That
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Liquidmetal May Be Used For New iPhone Antenna Says Inventor [Exclusive]
Discussion: Geek.com
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
BBC: HTML5 ‘Starting to Sail Off-Course’