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12:00 PM ET, August 15, 2010

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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: VentureBeat and GottaBeMobile
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
iPadversaries!  32 Tablets, Slates, Pads, and More  —  Why are iPads selling as fast as Apple's Chinese subcontractors can crank them out?  In part, it's because the iPad has a suddenly-hot product category pretty much to itself.  Before scuttlebutt that Apple was working on a tablet started to heat up …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google to open ‘Google Ideas’ global technology think tank  —  Hoping to apply technology solutions to solve the world's problems, Google is hiring Washington technology insider Jared Cohen.  —  Jared Cohen in 2007.  Image Credit: Washington Life Magazine
Thanks:llsethj
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
Josh Fruhlinger / InfoWorld:
It's not you, it's me: Microsoft kills IronRuby  —  Down to one part-time Ruby programmer, Microsoft's move may signal end of flirtation between big companies and small projects  —  Microsoft's decision to pay the salaries of several Ruby hackers was akin to a lawyer dating the bassist from a cool local band.
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 …
Discussion: Roughly Drafted and CNET News, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Agam Shah / Network World:
Dual-core smartphones on the horizon  —  Smartphones with dual-core Arm processors could add faster processing, video capabilities  —  Smartphones are on the verge of becoming more powerful, with chip makers readying dual-core chips that could accelerate multimedia and application performance on handheld devices.
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.
Discussion: Andy Beard
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 …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Conceptual USGA golf scoring app by Microsoft shows Windows Phone 7 apps done right  —  With the developer momentum building behind Windows Phone 7, there's a lot of work-in-progress applications flying around.  Although many of them show a lot of potential, it's easy to get distracted …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Groupon + Foursquare = GroupTabs, Group Deals for Check-Ins  —  GroupTabs, a new New York City-based startup, is offering yet another twist on location-based social networking services.  Like media darling Foursquare, the mobile application incorporates the idea of checking in to a local business or venue …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Mobile Marketing Watch, Thanks:rawmeet
 
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Indian Tablet Gets TV Demo But Is Still Hard to Believe
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Meet Twitter's new developer diplomacy
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
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How I Made Money Spamming Twitter with Contextual Book Suggestions
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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
David Dahlquist / Computerworld:
Myspace Music Romeo is like Pandora for music videos