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3:45 PM 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.”
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Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
Facebook Isn't a “Utility” & You Certainly Shouldn't Want it to Be Regulated As Such  —  I have a lot of respect for danah boyd and have had the pleasure to interact with her when we both served on the Harvard online child safety task force, and at other times.  She's a very gifted social media researcher.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Shakeup at Wikipedia in Wake of Porn Purge  —  A shakeup is underway at the top levels of Wikipedia, FoxNews.com has learned, as administrators try to deal with the growing controversy surrounding pornographic images that appear on the online encyclopedia and its associated websites.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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 …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Car Hackers Can Kill Brakes, Engine, and More  —  University researchers have taken a close look at the computer systems used to run today's cars and discovered new ways to hack into them, sometimes with frightening results.  —  In a paper set to be presented at a security conference in Oakland …
Fred / A VC:
Draw Your Ideas  —  I saw Jack Dorsey give this talk at The 99% Conference last month.  It's a great talk.  I particularly like his first point, which is that you should draw out your ideas before you start coding them.  —  The video is only 16 minutes long and it is well worth the time.
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Wild Fox: Firefox Fork with H.264 Support  —  Mozilla, sticking to its ideals of the open web, decided long ago that support for the patent-encumbered H264 codec would not be included in any of its products.  Not only is H264 wholly incompatible with the open web and Free software, it is also incredibly expensive.
Discussion: Download Squad
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Time Warner Cable tries to put brakes on massive piracy case  —  Time Warner Cable has no intention of complying with thousands of requests asking it to identify copyright infringers.  —  Remember the US Copyright Group?  They're the DC legal outfit that is turning P2P copyright infringement into cash …
Discussion: Maximum PC and Slyck
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).
Discussion: TechTicker
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Nominations in the Digital Age  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued its questionnaire to President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, and the committee members know, pretty much, what she'll give them in return.  Kagan was nominated just last year as solicitor general …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Gives Ann Taylor A Pass In First ‘Blog Disclosure’ Investigation
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Android 2.2, Google TV Expected at Google I/O This Week
Discussion: Geekword
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Facebook's Offers Experiment Continues to Expand
Anne-Marie Corley / IEEE Spectrum:
Optical Transistor Is a Step Toward the Quantum Internet
Discussion: PC World
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Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Personal cellphone data end up for sale at Mexico flea market
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Enemy Within  —  When the Conficker computer “worm” …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Thinks The Government Would Work Better If It Was Run By Apple
Discussion: lalawag and Bob Caswell, Thanks:bobcaswell
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
10 juicy details from the iPhone affidavit