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Week in review: Web wars

The battle over Net neutrality heats up, while details of Mark Hurd's resignation emerge. Also: IE9 due next month.

Google and Verizon have a worked out a plan for keeping the Internet open.

The companies jointly suggested a legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers. The major breakthrough in the proposal is an agreement that the nondiscrimination clause that the Federal Communications Commission has proposed as part of its regulatory efforts would be enforceable.

The existing principles can be summarized this way: Network operators cannot prevent users from accessing lawful Internet content, applications, and services of their choice, nor can they prohibit users from attaching nonharmful devices to the network.

However, not everyone is happy with the proposal. There was almost no positive response from Net neutrality supporters on the proposal. But the biggest disappointment for Net neutrality supporters appears to be the fact that Google and Verizon agreed that new regulation or Net neutrality laws should not apply equally to wireless networks.
•  Facebook differs with Google on Net neutrality
•  Google defends Net neutrality proposal
•  What the Google-Verizon proposal really says (opinion)

More headlines

Woman in Hurd probe 'surprised, saddened'

A former salesperson and sometime-actress expresses sadness that the former HP CEO lost his job but reiterates the two did not have a sexual relationship.
•  HP board sued over Hurd ousting
•  Report: HP took PR firm's advice in Hurd scandal
•  Hurd aide with ties to Fisher leaves HP
•  Qualifications needed to be HP's next CEO
•  The resignation of HP CEO Mark Hurd (complete coverage)

U.S. denies asking other nations to attack Wikileaks

State Department tells CNET it has not asked other governments to investigate Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange; meanwhile, group says it will release the remaining 15,000 Afghan war files.
•  Meet Project Vigilant--the Wikileaks leak
•  Ex-DOJer helped expose alleged Wikileaks source

India threatens to shut down BlackBerry service

It becomes the latest country to say it will cut off BlackBerry service if RIM, which makes the phones, does not comply with its security demands.
•  Saudis call off BlackBerry ban
•  BlackBerry security: Blessing and a curse

What's in store for IE9 beta?

CNET takes a look at what to expect when Microsoft's latest browser goes into public beta testing next month.
•  Microsoft to launch IE9 beta on September 15

Zeus Trojan steals $1 million from U.K. bank accounts

New, dangerous combination of banking Trojan and exploit toolkit enables criminals to transfer money out of accounts while users are logged into the bank site, without them knowing it.
•  First SMS-sending Android Trojan reported
•  Facebook loophole reveals names, pictures with sign-on errors
•  Apple releases iOS patch to fix PDF security flaw

Facebook's Foursquare competitor is imminent

The massive social network is within weeks of finalizing a long-rumored product that will let users share their locations and give developers more location-based data to work with, sources tell CNET.
•  eMarketer: It's Facebook's billion-dollar year

HP readying WebOS tablet for early 2011?

An HP executive reportedly announces at an employee meeting that the device will be ready in the first quarter of next year.
•  Samsung rumored to debut tablet in September

Analyst to Apple: Time to stop hoarding cash

A $46 billion cash balance is more valuable to shareholders in the form of higher earnings per share or a dividend, Stanford C. Bernstein analyst says.
•  Apple planning mid-September music event?

New app brings Flash to jailbroken iPhones

A developer of "jailbreaking" software has expanded its test product called Frash, which brings the exiled Adobe Flash to iPhones and iPads that have been already jailbroken.
•  Frash on an iPad: What works, what doesn't

Bill Gates on giving, batteries, tablets, and more

In an exclusive interview with CNET, the Microsoft chairman and philanthropist talks about his dual passions--software and saving lives--and what he's up to on both fronts.
•  Gates: We've been spoiled by Moore's Law

Smart-grid projects hit speed bumps

In some places, utilities' plans to install smart meters are getting challenged by regulators who question whether the technology's costs will be balanced by benefits to consumers.

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