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9:45 AM ET, August 16, 2010

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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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Slow Start for Apple's iAds  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: App Advice
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 …
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: Elias Bizannes and ReadWriteWeb
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‘Super Angels’ Alight
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
‘Super angel’ Aydin Senkut raises $40M fund
Discussion: 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 …
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.
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.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
iPad/Kindle combo proving deadly to rest of e-reader market  —  The show floor of January's Consumer Electronics Show was swamped with E-Ink-based e-readers of all shapes and sizes, to the point that it seemed that a tsunami of Kindle knock-offs was going to hit the US market in the first quarter of 2010.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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.
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 …
 
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Record Five Million Sites Were Likely Infected By Hacked Web Widget
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Yahoo Japan Buys Location-Based Mobile Advertising Company Cirius
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Leaked Intel roadmap details Sandy Bridge CPUs, expands SSD lineup?
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Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
Why Playfish is rooting for Google Me
Agence France Presse:
N.Korea uses Twitter for propaganda offensive
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Conceptual USGA golf scoring app by Microsoft shows Windows Phone 7 apps done right
 

 
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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
SAG-AFTRA members ratify the union's three-year contract with studios after 78% voted in favor; some members remain dissatisfied with the deal's AI protections

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney adds a Hulu tile to the Disney+ homepage alongside brands like Marvel and Pixar, available for those with both a Disney+ and a Hulu subscription

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Andy Borowitz says The New Yorker decided to stop publishing The Borowitz Report due to “its financial difficulties”, part of a larger wave of Condé cost cuts

 
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