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5:45 PM ET, September 5, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Mark Hurd in Talks With Oracle  —  Mark Hurd, who resigned as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. last month, is in talks to join Oracle Corp. as a top executive, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The exact nature of Mr. Hurd's new job couldn't be learned.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security  —  MAKE your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  But memorize it — never write it down.  And, oh yes, change it every few months.  —  These instructions are supposed to protect us.  But they don't.
Discussion: Pitos Blog
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Boss Is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You  —  SACRAMENTO — Dr. Alan Shatzel's pager beeped at 9 on a Saturday morning.  A man had suffered a stroke, and someone had to decide, quickly, whether to give him an anticlotting drug that could mean the difference between life and death.
Discussion: Geek News Central
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Emergency Facetime calls?  —  Interesting little button on lower right hand corner of the 4th generation iPod touch Passcode screen.  —  Is this another Photoshop error by Apple's web artisans?  Or maybe VoIP falls under the Emergency calling guidelines.  —  Here's another Photoshop error (see the phone icon?)
Discussion: Erictric
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Blogging And Mass Psychomanipulation  —  If I ever write another book it will probably be about one of three topics.  The first is the truth about how the press and journalism really works - the sausage making - to show just how much of a beautiful, subjective and chaotic mess it all is.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC's dual-mode CDMA / GSM Android slider hits the FCC, decked out in shades of Verizon  —  Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G?  It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Mr. Extreme Closeup suggests next-gen iPad is testing FaceTime... right now  —  Honestly, from this distance it's hard to tell what's going on, but 9 to 5 Mac says we're looking at a next-gen camera-equipped iPad fielded specifically to test video calls.  As you may recall …
Michael Stevens / Security Week:
Defense Department's Cyberwar Credibility Gap  —  Undersecretary of Defense William J. Lynn has published an essay in Foreign Affairs magazine redefining the United States' stance towards cyberwarfare, and he's already getting shot at - primarily by IT pundits who find it hard to believe …
Jack Schofield / ZDNet:
Google's Buckyballs doodle costs people money, drives users away  —  Within a couple of seconds of sitting down at my PC on Saturday I realised something was badly wrong, and since Google has been my browser home page for the past decade, it was dead easy to spot the guilty party: Google.
Economist:
Untangling the social web  —  Software: From retailing to counterterrorism, the ability to analyse social connections is proving increasingly useful  —  TELECOMS operators naturally prize mobile-phone subscribers who spend a lot, but some thriftier customers, it turns out, are actually more valuable.
Discussion: Gawker, UMBC ebiquity and broadstuff
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech revolution spurs debate over antitrust law  —  The antitrust scrutiny of Google, Apple and Intel has reignited a simmering debate in academic and legal circles over the appropriate regulation of dominant technology companies.  —  Put simply: Is antitrust outdated for the Information Age?
 
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Dell's enterprise challenge remains after 3Par
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Huge Push In Brazil To Legalize File Sharing
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Digg Architect Tells Kevin Rose “Keep The Crap Off The Site”
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
AirDropper lets people put files into your Dropbox ... without signing …
Discussion: Appletell and Lifehacker
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