peHUB Second Opinion 07.13

Internet’s Irony Meter Explodes: Mark Zuckerberg closes his Google+ account so he can’t be tracked. So do Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Scandal’s Outcome: News Corp. drops its $12.6 bln bid to take over BSkyB as scandal over NoTW continues. Advisors on the deal–JPM, DB, Morgan Stanley, UBS and BofA–may lose $90 mln in fees.

Earnings: The Hartford warns that Q2 profit fell by about 68%.

Going Down: Moody’s puts U.S. ratings on review for a downgrade.

Tablet Wars: Amazon plans to introduce a tablet computer before October and will release two updated versions of the Kindle in third quarter.

Inside RIM: The rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart.

Not a Death Sentence: Chavez says he may require chemo or radiation for a baseball like tumor.

Just For Fun: One in 10 UK pets have a social networking profile.

Goal! U.S. women makes the finals of the World Cup.

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