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6:50 PM ET, August 16, 2010

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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Suggests You Change Your Name to Escape His Permanent Record  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a great way of making public statements that are at once frank, unorthodox, thought provoking - and a little frightening.  This weekend The Wall St. Journal ran an interview with Schmidt …
Wayne Huang / Armorize Blog:
More than 500,000 (or 5,000,000 according to Yahoo) Network Solutions parked domains actively serving malware  —  A few days ago, in response to questions by one of our largest customers, we analyzed a widget by Network Solutions, confirmed that it was infected, and published the last blog …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Record Five Million Sites Were Likely Infected By Hacked Web Widget
Discussion: Computerworld and Technologizer, Thanks:forbestech
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.
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.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Ad Service Off to Bumpy Start
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.
Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Geek Squad owners send cease-and-desist letter to God Squad  —  Luke Strand (center) and his classmates at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis pose with the God Squad car in 2008.  According to the Three Holy Women parish bulletin where the photo appears, the people in the photo are …
Discussion: Computerworld
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Ubuntu Linux to go multi-touch  —  I spoke with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, this morning, and he tells me that Canonical will be bringing true multi-touch to Ubuntu Linux in Ubuntu 10.10 (code name Maverick Meerkat).  —  “Multi-touch is just as useful on a desktop as it is on a phone or tablet …
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.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon trial of fiber-optic network reaches nearly 1Gbit/sec.  —  Google also wants 1Gbit/sec. to the home via fiber  —  Computerworld - Verizon today said a fiber-optic field trial it conducted in June for a business customer in Taunton, Mass., delivered near gigabit-per-second speeds.
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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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 …
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 …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek lowers 3Q10 netbook shipments goal due to competition from iPad  —  Asustek Computer saw sales of its netbooks in the second quarter fall short of expectations mainly due to competition from Apple's iPad, and has downward adjusted its target shipments for the third quarter …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers on-premises private-cloud building block
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Foursquare's Future Slowly Takes Shape
Discussion: Screenwerk and New York Times, Thanks:mathewi
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
New Apple Support Communities social network to replace Discussions
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: Technologizer and blogs.chron.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VCs And Super Angels: The War For The Entrepreneur