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1:55 AM ET, May 16, 2010

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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Offers World ‘Freedom From Porn’  —  I didn't plan to pick a fight with Steve Jobs last night.  It just sort of happened: An iPad advertisement ticked me off; I sent the Apple CEO an angry email; he told me about “freedom from porn.”  —  The electronic debate proceeded from there.
danah boyd / apophenia:
Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated  —  From day one, Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook to become a social utility.  He succeeded.  Facebook is now a utility for many.  The problem with utilities is that they get regulated.  —  Yesterday, I ranted about Facebook and “radical transparency.”
Discussion: Scobleizer and /Message
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Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Facebook Apologists Miss The Point: Facebook Isn't The Future  —  As the Facebook ‘privacygate’ affair swells and swells, most recently fed by the leaking of Zuckerberg instant messages from years ago, various members of the tech commentariat are starting to come forward to defend Zuckerberg and suggest that the media have gone too far.
Discussion: TechnoLlama
Fred / A VC:
Privacy and the Treacherous Middle Ground
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ignore The Screams—Facebook's Aggressive Approach Is Why It Will …
Discussion: All Facebook and GigaOM
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple MacBook refresh leaked in Vietnam (video)  —  We're not sure what's going on in Vietnam these days but it's suddenly a hot bed for industry leaks.  Perhaps it's due to manufacturers expanding from China to Vietnam's relatively cheap (but limited) labor pool?
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Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
New ‘OpenID Connect’ Proposal Could Solve Many of the Social Web's Woes  —  David Recordon, one of the key architects of OpenID and other identity technologies that have emerged over the past five years, has envisioned a new direction for OpenID.  —  His proposal, which was drafted with input …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweets In Buzz: It's Complicated — Well, Maybe Political  —  Yesterday, I moderated a panel at TiEcon featuring the heads of product for Google, Twitter, and Facebook — an interesting group, obviously.  It was a good, long discussion (hopefully I'll have the full video to post soon).
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
10 juicy details from the iPhone affidavit  —  How the cops cracked the case of the missing fourth-generation prototype, step by step  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: San Mateo Superior Court  —  Here's what we know now that we didn't know before the court released a San Mateo detective's 10-page sworn statement of facts:
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Thinks The Government Would Work Better If It Was Run By Apple  —  Bill Maher's public disillusion with President Barack Obama continued on last night's Real Time, where Maher expressed confusion at the fact that the President was now denouncing technology, a reference …
Discussion: lalawag and Bob Caswell, Thanks:bobcaswell
Mike Dano / FierceMobileContent:
Grading the top 10 U.S. carriers in the first quarter of 2010  —  The following charts the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2010 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics—such as churn, ARPU and revenue—of each carrier.
Discussion: Know Your Cell
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Enemy Within  —  When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cyber-security experts didn't know what to make of it.  It infiltrated millions of computers around the globe.  It constantly checks in with its unknown creators.
Discussion: Switched
Anne-Marie Corley / IEEE Spectrum:
Optical Transistor Is a Step Toward the Quantum Internet  —  Scientists demonstrate a technique to make quantum information sharing possible  —  Laser Maze: Max Planck researcher Martin Muecke oversees the optics setup for electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) laser elements.
Discussion: PC World
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Personal cellphone data end up for sale at Mexico flea market  —  The government had asked everyone to register their phones, but many refused, citing fears of spying or other misuse of the data.  It turns out they were right.  —  A woman uses her cellphone in Mexico City.
Discussion: IntoMobile
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Worries About Pirating U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
What the mobile patent fight is all about
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Adobe and Google Sitting in a Tree? Or Did Adobe Just Pwn Google?
Thanks:jesse
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How secure is Flash? Here's what Adobe won't tell you
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Your public Facebook status updates?  Now publicly searchable outside Facebook
 

 
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