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7:50 PM ET, May 13, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Adobe targets Apple in ad campaign launched today, publishes open letter from founders  —  If you're reading Engadget today (and let's be honest, you're reading it right now), then you might have noticed that Adobe has launched a pretty full-force campaign to call out Apple on its anti-Flash mission.
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Adobe:
Our thoughts on open markets  —  The genius of the Internet is its almost infinite openness to innovation.  New hardware.  New software.  New applications.  New ideas.  They all get their chance.  As the founders of Adobe, we believe open markets are in the best interest of developers, content owners, and consumers.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.  —  An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Downplays Today's Privacy Meeting  —  One day after we learned about an all hands privacy meeting at Facebook, the company has confirmed the meeting but is clarifying what's being discussed.  The company has told us, “We have an open culture and it should come as no surprise …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: HTML5 Isn't Ready for Prime Time  —  UPDATED: Hulu rolled out a number of updates to its video player today, including making it bigger, adding adaptive bitrate streaming, improving content recommendations and enabling users to receive more personalized ads.
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Eugene Wei / Hulu Blog:
Pardon the Dust  —  Today we're releasing several exciting updates to Hulu, most notably a new version of the Hulu video player.  We've posted an overview of the new player, complete with an introductory video, here.  And you can experience the changes for yourself throughout the site.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Google To Add Tethering, Wifi Hotspot To Android 2.2 Froyo  —  Google added a plastic desert sculpture of a frozen yogurt outside of their Android building today (here's Eclair, the last version), indicating the imminent arrival of the next version of the Android operating system, Android 2.2, AKA Froyo.
VentureBeat:
Acer to launch Chrome OS devices in two weeks (exclusive)  —  It's been some time since we received any new details on Chrome OS, Google's web-focused operating system for netbooks.  But that's about to change in a couple weeks.  We've learned from multiple sources that the Taiwanese computer …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals a Powerful Location-Based Service for the iPhone  —  Within the sixteen patent applications that were published by the US Patent & Trademark Office for Apple Inc today, a single gem emerged.  It's a very powerful new concept for a location based application service …
Lev Popov / Facebook Blog:
Staying in Control of Your Facebook Logins  —  At Facebook, we're constantly working on new ways to protect you from scams and help you keep your account and information secure.  Today, we're announcing some new tools and systems designed to keep the bad guys out and keep you abreast …
comScore, Inc.:
Americans Received 1 Trillion Display Ads in Q1 2010 as Online Advertising Market Rebounds from 2009 Recession  —  Facebook Was Top Display Ad Publisher in Q1, AT&T Ranked as Top Advertiser  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview …
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IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues Hit $5.9 Billion in Q1 '10 …
Discussion: MediaMemo, paidContent and TechFlash
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Facebook takes U.S. lead in display ad impressions in Q1
Discussion: MediaPost
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive BlackBerry tablet information  —  Been wondering about that BlackBerry tablet device you have been hearing about lately?  We have some exclusive information to share with you.  We have confirmed with multiple sources that the 8.9″ BlackBerry tablet will be strictly a “companion” device.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Special Report: Can that guy in Ironman 2 whip IBM in real life?  —  (Reuters) - In the movie “Ironman 2,” Larry Ellison makes a cameo appearance as a billionaire, playboy software magnate.  It is a role he knows well.  He is playing himself — chief executive of Oracle Corp …
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Bob Evans / InformationWeek:   Larry Ellison On Sun Ex-CEO: Blogging Was Silly Diversion
Chris Burritt / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart May Sell IPad This Year in Electronics Push  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may start selling Apple Inc.'s iPad in 2010 in some U.S. stores as it competes with electronics chains for consumers who want to connect their e-mail, movies, games and music.  —  “We anticipate being able …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4?  —  This is a bit of a confusing one, but we just got tipped an additional shot of this 4th generation iPhone that leaked out in Vietnam, but this time with a big twist: it appears to be running iPhone OS 4.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Diaspora, The Open Facebook Alternative, Soars Past $50,000 In Micro-Funding [Update: Now Past $100,000]  —  Whenever a service rises to popularity, an “open” alternative is usually close behind.  The problem is that most of these alternatives never go anywhere, let along get close to the service they're trying to supplant.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update  —  When Sony issued a recent PlayStation 3 update removing the device's ability to install alternate operating systems like Linux, it did so to protect copyrighted content—but several research projects suffered collateral damage.
Discussion: Geek.com, CloudAve, Engadget and SlashGear
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
The next big step - say hello to group video calling  —  Today we're offering you a preview of our brand new version of Skype, which supports group video calling for up to 5 people.  —  With the latest version, you'll be able to bring the whole family together for a chat, for lunch, or even for a birthday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
You're Welcome, You Bastards  —  A week ago we posted two excerpts from Fortune columnist David Kirkpatrick's new book The Facebook Effect.  We're big fans of Kirkpatrick and have been following his book progress since last year.  When Fortune's PR department called to ask us to print the excerpts, we quickly agreed.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let's Try This Again: How Much Web Video Is Really iPad-Ready?  —  Steve Jobs says there's no reason to cling to Flash video on the Web, because most Web video also works on the H.264/HTML5 standard he's supporting.  —  But Adobe (ADBE) says the majority of the Web's video uses its Flash standard.
Discussion: Fortune and Post Tech
Naoko / Wikimedia blog:
A new look for Wikipedia  —  Wikipedia has some new improvements, thanks to the hard work and dedication of over half a million beta testers and volunteers who worked with the Wikimedia User Experience team over the last year!  With a beta testing group of 635,000 people and an 83% user retention rate …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Has Facebook's Active User Growth Dropped 25% to 50%?
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook IDs hacker who tried to sell 1.5M accounts
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
Two weeks of travel, Ten iPad lessons
Discussion: ZDNet
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
FCC's Genachowski: We're At The ‘Pre-Beginning’ With Third Way
Discussion: GigaOM and Company Town
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Which Celebrities Did People Force to Follow Them the Day Twitter Exploded?
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Litl Unveils Internet Interface Aimed at Surfers of Both Web and Couch
Discussion: Gizmodo and Obsessable
Ubergizmo:
10 Million CDMA iPhones Already On Order?
Discussion: The Register and DigiTimes
 Earlier Items: 
John Gruber / Macworld:
This is how Apple rolls  —  Like other products, the iPad will start small, but grow large
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Disney's Club Penguin Misses Profit Targets—No $350 Million Earnout
Discussion: New York Times
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Replies to Email About Mac Design Awards: “Just The Normal Cycle Of Things”
Discussion: Edible Apple
Jim Louderback / AdAge:
How Location-Based Social Networking Gets Creepy
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Skype VP says company isn't developing software for Windows Phone 7
 

 
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