The FCC calls off network neutrality talks as Google and Verizon deny a New York Times report that they're in "secret talks" about a unified tiered approach to online bandwidth management, although the FT hears that such an agreement is indeed imminent.
GM dangles a lifetime warranty for its Opel and Vauxhall brands to European car-buyers (the continent's first such offer) — "lifetime" meaning up to 100,000 miles, that is. GM CEO Ed Whitacre, meanwhile, says he welcomes an IPO to shake "Government Motors" nickname while Ford receives a new federal loan guarantee.
Add Lebanon to the list of countries contemplating a BlackBerry blackout over security concerns, with Saudi Arabia's ban taking effect tomorrow — although 11th hour talks are under way. Bloomberg reports that U.S. and Canadian government officials are now involved in Research in Motion's talks with skittish foreign governments, with the BBC noting that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss the BlackoutBerry crisis with the UAE.
BP finished pumping cement into its damaged Gulf of Mexico oil well to seal it off.
News from Chevrolet, Adobe, Pfizer and more after the jump.
Adobe's announcement that it will create 1,000 jobs and build a $100 million campus in Utah was welcomed by the state.
Chevrolet's $41,000 Volt may be marked up by $20,000, according to dealer chat.
GlaxoSmithKline is developing an antiobiotic that would fight hospital-induced drug resistance.
Pfizer stands to benefit as U.S. fast-tracks computer-based alternative to animal testing.
RadioShack stands by Lance Armstrong as doping inquiry spreads.
U.S. Fannie Mae seeks for $1.5 billion in U.S. federal aid after a rough second quarter, while the IRS stops disclosing taxpayers' debt information.
Kraft Foods trimmed its outlook on slumping North American sales.
PETA targets Miss Australia's Uggs as "cruel and unethical."
Tata is seeking a new executive to oversee Jaguar and Tetley.
Time Warner Cable and Cablevision see growth in high-speed Internet subscriptions, giving U.S. cable operators an edge over satellite-based competitors.
Concerned about girls' body image issues, British Girl Guides lobby for regulatory mandate that advertisers must disclose airbrushed photographs.
UK's Wessex Water utility announces Bio-Bug, a "people-powered" VW Beetle that runs on human waste (and begs inevitable "Dung Beetle" jokes).
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban loses Texas Rangers bid to baseball legend Nolan Ryan and partners.