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1:40 PM ET, August 16, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Ad Service Off to Bumpy Start  —  Apple Inc. is facing some early challenges in its closely watched mobile advertising foray, with some ad campaigns experiencing delays as agencies attempt to learn the new system amid Apple's tight control over the creative process, according to ad executives.
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
How much can you really make developing mobile apps?  —  There is a huge buzz around mobile applications and app stores such as the AppStore and the Android Market which look more and more as a new Eldorado.  Of course everybody starts dreaming when an app like Angry Birds shares …
Hung Truong:
What Happened to Yahoo (and What Could Happen to iAd)
Discussion: Open Sources's blog and Beyond Search, Thanks:hungtruong
New York Times:
Hulu Is Seen as Readying to Go Public  —  Hulu, the rapidly growing hub for online television and movies, aims to go public through an offering that could value the company at more than $2 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.  In recent weeks, Hulu executives have begun talking …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:   Hulu Plans IPO; Company Valued At $2 Billion
Wall Street Journal:
Hurd Deal Inflamed Board  —  H-P Chief's Surprise Settlement of Harassment Claim Contributed to His Ouster  —  Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board decided to oust Mark Hurd Aug. 6 after the chief executive reached a sexual-harassment-claim settlement that directors thought impeded their probe of the claim …
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Andrew Cave / Telegraph:
Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen believes he doesn't need Apple or the iPad  —  It's the battle of Silicon Valley A-listers.  In one corner sits Apple, the $223bn (£143bn) big-hitter that is the world's second largest company and the darling of the technology sector.
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID Pro, World Edition and Tablet all found in Verizon Wireless systems  —  One of our Verizon Wireless sources has done a little digging for us, and we have turned up some awesome information.  We exclusively reported that Verizon Wireless is gearing up to launch a barrage …
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Apple hires NFC expert as mobile commerce product manager  —  Benjamin Vigier has been involved in the development of near field communication technology since 2004 and most recently was product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at mobile payments specialists mFoundry.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
An atom bomb aimed at Intel: Smooth-Stone raises $48M for low-power ARM server chips  —  Hoping to outdo Intel in the server chip market, Smooth-Stone has raised $48 million to complete development of its ARM-based server chips which consume small amounts of power.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VCs And Super Angels: The War For The Entrepreneur  —  It's a lot like the Cold War - most of the really interesting fights among startup investors - and there are lots of them - occur behind the scenes.  Publicly everyone gets along just great.  But declining returns …
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Wall Street Journal:
‘Super Angels’ Alight
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
‘Super angel’ Aydin Senkut raises $40M fund
Discussion: Xconomy and GigaOM
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tablet coming soon to Vodafone UK?  —  You know the old ‘smoke and fire’ adage by now, and while the alarms aren't sounding just yet, we get the feeling that they will be shortly.  We've heard Samsung itself confirm that an Android-based tablet would be departing its labs sometime this year …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Epic 4G review  —  Of the seemingly countless variants of the Galaxy S that Samsung's in the process of deploying around the globe, one stands out in a couple very unique (and important) ways: Sprint's Epic 4G.  The Epic hangs on to a couple of the Galaxy line's most important characteristics …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
$99 iTV Could Pave Way for $2000 Apple Connected Television  —  “The problem with innovation in the TV industry is the go-to-market strategy.  The TV industry has a subsidized model that gives everyone a set-top box for free.  So no one wants to buy a box.  Ask TiVo, ask Roku, ask us ... or ask Google in a few months.”
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Future Slowly Takes Shape  —  A few weeks back, when I met Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley for a coffee in New York, our conversation turned to the future of Foursquare.  While Dennis remained coy about the specifics, he was clear: Foursquare wants more folks to use …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire Like.com After Leaving Them At The Altar In 2005  —  In late 2005 Google was on the verge of acquiring a company called Riya - the first real attempt at image facial recognition and tagging for consumers.  Google eventually walked away from Riya, and the company trudged on.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
New Apple Support Communities social network to replace Discussions  —  Apple has teased a forthcoming “major upgrade” to its online forums, with the existing Apple Discussions set to become the new Apple Support Communities, a social network where users can assist one another.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Softpedia News
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google's motives for abandoning Net Neutrality  —  As Google moves into (and starts to depend on) ISPs' business, is it having an easier time seeing things from their point of view?  —  It's now clear that Google underestimated the public's desire for true net neutrality over both wireless …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Dell To Buy Data Storage And Management Company 3PAR For $1.13 Billion  —  Dell has agreed to acquire 3PAR, a competitor to the likes of IBM, HP, EMC and Hitachi in the data storage and management space.  —  The transaction is valued at $18 per share in cash - marking a 86.5% premium …
Graham Cluley / Sophos:
Facebook Dislike button scam spreads virally  —  Have you seen a message like this on Facebook?  —  If so, don't click on the link.  —  It's the latest survey scam spreading virally across Facebook, using the tried-and-tested formula used in the past by other viral scams including …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers on-premises private-cloud building block
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Chitika: Bing Passes Yahoo In Search Market Share
Discussion: eWeek, Thanks:rawmeet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Professional Content Platform SlideShare Goes Freemium
Discussion: Lessons Learned and VentureBeat
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Record Five Million Sites Were Likely Infected By Hacked Web Widget
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
iPad/Kindle combo proving deadly to rest of e-reader market
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Cara Garretson / Computerworld:
Stupid data center tricks
 Earlier Items: 
Serkan Toto / Asiajin:
Yahoo Japan Buys Location-Based Mobile Advertising Company Cirius
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Startups Or Behemoths: Which Are We Going To Bet On?
Discussion: Information Arbitrage, Thanks:atul
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
New Satellites Aim to Offer Improved Internet Service
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Leaked Intel roadmap details Sandy Bridge CPUs, expands SSD lineup?
Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
Why Playfish is rooting for Google Me
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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