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3:51 PM ET, August 16, 2010

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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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Matt Bowman / VatorNews:   Someone* is fueling Hulu IPO rumors
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
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 …
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:
Both Verizon Wireless iPhone and next generation iPad about to hit field testing?  —  One of our Apple sources has just informed us of something very interesting.  Way down deep within iOS 4 is a pretty intriguing block of code.  Our source says that the code queries the device …
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 …
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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Scott / ScottOlsen.Net:
Marc Andreessen as Interim CEO of HP
Discussion: GigaOM and Computerworld, Thanks:solsennet
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.
Financial Times:
Intel succumbs to evolution of 4G  —  By Maija Palmer in London and Chris Nuttall in San Francisco  —  Intel is facing a bitter blow as it becomes increasingly clear that future, fourth-generation high-speed mobile phone networks are going to be based on long term evolution (LTE) technology …
JR Raphael / JR Raphael's blog:
It's time for the baked-in Android UI to die  —  Listen up, Android manufacturers: The time has come for your built-in Android user interface to go away.  Call it Motoblur, call it Sense, call it whatever you want — as long as it's coming preinstalled on Android phones, it's officially overstayed its welcome.
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 …
Discussion: A Smart Bear and Elias Bizannes
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Wall Street Journal:
‘Super Angels’ Alight
Discussion: VatorNews and Xconomy
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Chitika: Bing Passes Yahoo In Search Market Share  —  Well here's a surprise.  New stats from Chitika show Bing has taken over the second place spot for search market share from Yahoo — and back in January 2010!  —  Chitika is an advertising network similar to Google AdSense.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Professional Content Platform SlideShare Goes Freemium  —  SlideShare,the “YouTube for presentations,” has been focusing its efforts on becoming the premier platform for professional and business content.  Today, SlideShare is going freemium with the announcement of tiered, paid plans for businesses.
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:
Rumored $99 iTV Could Pave Way for $2,000 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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Would Buy Chai Labs  —  Facebook is buying Chai Labs, a small startup founded by the former product manager and launch engineer for Google AdSense, Gokul Rajaram, according to All Things D. While the small deal — an “acq-hire” of a company with relatively little funding and few employees …
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.
 
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Bryan Mason / The Typekit Blog:
Adobe partners with Typekit to bring legendary typefaces to the web
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Ubuntu Linux to go multi-touch
Discussion: CNET News and Techie Buzz
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Your Brain on Computers: Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity
Discussion: Rough Type
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers on-premises private-cloud building block
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Future Slowly Takes Shape
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee, Thanks:mathewi
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
New Apple Support Communities social network to replace Discussions
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google's motives for abandoning Net Neutrality
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Record Five Million Sites Were Likely Infected By Hacked Web Widget
Discussion: CNET News and Help Net Security, Thanks:forbestech
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Dell To Buy Data Storage And Management Company 3PAR For $1.13 Billion
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tablet coming soon to Vodafone UK?
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
Brad Reed / Computerworld:
LTE or not, WiMax 2 set to roll out in 2012
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire Like.com After Leaving Them At The Altar In 2005