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Oracle:
Oracle Responds to HP Lawsuit  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) today issued the following statement:  —  “Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.  “By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard …
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Hani Durzy / Data Central:
BREAKING: HP Files Civil Complaint Against Hurd; Includes Statement and Link to Full Complaint  —  In response to the news of Mark Hurd's intention to join Oracle, HP today filed a civil complaint in the California Superior Court (County of Santa Clara) against Hurd.  HP's statement on the matter:
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Analysis: the H-P Suit Against Mark Hurd  —  Hewlett-Packard is suing former CEO Mark Hurd, alleging breach of contract and threatened misappropriation of trade secrets, a day after he was named co-president of rival Oracle.  Below, a look at some of the most salient points in the suit.
Peter Elstrom / Bloomberg:
Oracle Will Pay Hurd $950,000 a Year With Target Bonus $5 Million for 2011
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod touch review (2010)  —  At Apple's last event, Steve Jobs called the iPod touch the company's “most popular iPod,” and it's easy to understand why.  In just a few short years, the iPhone-with-no-phone has kept in lockstep with Cupertino's halo device, benefitting from the same kind …
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Dan Frakes / Macworld:
iPod nano (sixth generation, late 2010)  —  Biggest nano makeover yet gains Multi-Touch but loses features and screen size  —  No iPod model has received as many makeovers—both minor and dramatic—as the iPod nano.  (Perhaps not coincidentally, no other iPod model has sold as well.)
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Changes Coming Tomorrow: AJAX Results, 30 Results Per Page, Streaming Results & More?  —  We know Google is having a big search event tomorrow and we suspect that is why Google is showing the Google Balls logo today.  Google told me “today's doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Updates The Doodle Again; Points To Live-Updating Results  —  The ongoing saga of Google's logo continues.  The search giant has just changed the doodle on google.com once again this evening, leading up to their search event tomorrow.  And once again, it looks as if the logo points to what they'll be announcing tomorrow.
Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta With Faster Graphics and New Audio Capabilities for the Web  —  The latest update to Firefox 4 Beta brings super fast graphics and incredible new audio capabilities to the Web.  Firefox 4 Beta now leverages hardware acceleration to improve graphics performance for Windows users …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Scribe  —  Google launched a very interesting tool that offers suggestions as you type: Google Scribe.  It's not exactly the service I anticipated 3 years ago, but Google Scribe works surprisingly well.  For example, I started to type “This works sur” and Google suggested …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Andy Beard and WebProNews
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Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
If Google predicts your future, will it be a cliché?
Discussion: InformationWeek and Techie Buzz, Thanks:kevinmarks
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Takes Chatter Mobile With iPhone, iPad, Android And BlackBerry Apps  —  As Salesforce's foray into social collaboration, Salesforce Chatter, gains traction amongst enterprise users, it makes sense for the company to launch complimentary mobile apps to the platform.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How Ping Might Grow  —  Matt Drance on Ping: … Agreed.  Ping on the iPhone feels like a decent native client to a social network.  Ping on the desktop (Mac/Windows) feels like an afterthought to iTunes — one little source list item halfway down the list, with content that doesn't seem designed at all.
Discussion: Apple Outsider, Thanks:atul
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Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:   iTunes in the Cloud and Why This Scares Me
Gizmodo:
Justin Bieber Has Dedicated Servers at Twitter  —  Justin Bieber uses 3% of Twitter resources at any moment.  According to a Twitter employee—talking to designer Dustin Curtis—Bieber has “racks of servers dedicated to him.  I'm sure this will excite his haters (hello 4chan!) even more.
Melissa Petro / The Huffington Post:
Thoughts From a Former Craigslist Sex Worker  —  People — not just prostitutes — have sex for many reasons.  Sometimes, for some of us, one reason is money.  From October 2006 to January 2007 I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the …
Discussion: PC World
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: RIM Acquires DataViz Assets  —  Rsearch In Motion (RIM) has indeed acquired software developer DataViz — well, most of it anyway.  —  “RIM has acquired some of the assets of DataViz and hired the majority of its employees to focus on supporting the BlackBerry platform,” …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Do People Want ‘Amateur Hour’ on Their TVs?  —  Last week Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, unveiled a new version of the Apple TV, which is smaller and, at $99, less expensive than the previous model.  —  Before showing off the new device, Mr. Jobs walked the audience through a list …
Thanks:bobcaswell
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why iTunes song samples are still only 30 seconds  —  Apple's plan to extend the length of song samples doesn't appear to be dead.  —  “We are in active negotiations with Apple,” about the length of song samples, said Hanna Pantle, a spokeswoman for Broadcast Music Inc., (BMI) …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Microsoft Needs To Make Office Apps For The iPad  —  One thing has been consistent since Apple's iPad launched in April: Apple's iWork apps, its versions of Microsoft Office apps — Word ("Pages"), Excel ("Numbers"), and PowerPoint ("Keynote") — are near the top …
Thanks:rawmeet
Martyn Williams / PC World:
Freed Journalist Tricked Captors Into Twitter Access  —  A Japanese journalist freed over the weekend by captors in Afghanistan managed to send two Twitter messages before his release while teaching a captor how to access the Internet on a new cell phone, he said Tuesday.
Cari Tuna / Wall Street Journal:
Slow-Going for Web-Privacy Software  —  Products Help Surfers Stay Anonymous, but Customers Are Few; 'It's Hard to Get Users to Pay for Anything These Days'  —  Looking to tap into Web surfers' privacy concerns, new companies are popping up to help people browse the Internet and send messages anonymously.
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Leaked WebOS 2.0 Shots Show a Bevy of New Features  —  Two dozen or so purported webOS 2.0 screenshots have fluttered out onto the web, and while their origins are a bit hazy, they show plenty of interesting new features, like Dropbox support baked into the OS.
Katie Gatto / VatorNews:
Backupify raises $4.5M to back up data  —  Avalon Ventures, General Catalyst, Lowercase, First Round invest in saving our social-media data  —  Data is invaluable, even if it's a random Tweet about your lunch that day.  —  And, Backupify - now flush with new cash - is hoping to ensure …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Google's Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee's Gain?  —  Former head of Google China, Kai-fu Lee, insists—insists— that he is not happy that Google imploded its business in China.  “Seeing the work that I put in, how could I be happy to see that?” he says.  In fact, in a press release …
Thanks:rawmeet
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: A Facebook Bill Of Rights  —  Facebook has come along way from being Mark Zuckerberg's afterschool project.  In fact “The Facebook Effect” author David Kirkpatrick implied at TechCrunch Disrupt that Facebook was so influential it should be governed …
Thanks:alexia
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As Digg Struggles, VP Of Engineering Is Shown The Door  —  Ever since Digg launched its new site design, it's been plagued with all kinds of trouble, not least of which is that it keeps going down.  The problems with the new architecture are so bad that VP of Engineering John Quinn is now gone …
 
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