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12:30 PM ET, May 15, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
WiFi data collection: An update  —  Nine days ago the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collect for use in location-based products like Google Maps for mobile, which enables people to find local restaurants or get directions.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Admits to Inadvertent Data-Collecting  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Friday that for more than three years it had inadvertently collected snippets of private information that people send over unencrypted wireless networks.  —  The admission, made in an official blog post by Alan Eustace …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Street View Cars Collected WiFi User Data for 3 Years
Discussion: Softpedia News, PC World and ZDNet
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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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Vietnam, the new source of Apple leaks, reveals next MacBook  —  Here's another big leak coming out of Vietnam.  If not a fake, it looks like the $999 MacBooks are going to recieve a silent update in the coming days/weeks/months that will bring them largely inline (still only 2GB of RAM) with the current base model 13" MacBook Pros.
Discussion: MacStories
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Screen Sharing Is A Huge (And Free) Productivity Tool  —  Over the years we've been pitched many thousands of times by startups.  Sometimes those pitches are in person.  Sometimes it's over the phone, which works if you have a live website to play with.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Roommate's Tip Led Cops to iPhone Finder  —  Police closed in on the man who found and sold a prototype 4G iPhone after his roommate called an Apple security official and turned him in, according to a newly unsealed document in the ongoing police investigation.
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CNET News:
Apple spurred police in iPhone probe
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
iPhone-Gizmodo warrant: Sloppy police work is the better story
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
God help us all, here comes 4chan 2  —  The above image shows what the new 4chan likely will look like.  (Beta tester names blurred to protect them from other /b/-tards.)  —  When I write about imageboard Web site 4chan, I always worry that a reader unfamiliar with the site will check it out.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
4chan Founder ‘Moot’ Raises $625K For Stealth Startup Canvas Networks
Discussion: Pulse2 and Gawker
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Adobe and Google Sitting in a Tree?  Or Did Adobe Just Pwn Google?  —  There's something really fishy going on with Adobe's “I ♥ Apple” Ad campaign.  You might have noticed it yesterday as you were browsing websites such as TechCrunch and Google Reader.
Discussion: The Innovationist and TechCrunch, Thanks:jesse
Clive Akass / Inquirer:
Asus netbook will have a takeaway phone  —  TAIWANESE MANUFACTURER Asus is planning a netbook with a slot-in mobile phone that will double as a 3G communications module, according to a UK distributor.  —  The arrangement offers an easy way to use the same SIM card and data account for both a phone and a portable computer.
Discussion: Liliputing, Ubergizmo and Netbooked
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Fixing Societal Problems: It Starts With Mom and Dad  —  I am quite used to controversy—unsurprisingly, given the topics that I have been exploring with my academic research.  But what has really been a surprise is the hornet's nest that I seem to have stirred up with my two TechCrunch posts …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Improves Trending Topic Algorithm: Bye Bye, Bieber!  —  Twitter has updated the algorithm behind its popular Trending Topics feature, changing the focus from the most discussed items to what is “most breaking” and “immediately popular.”  —  Twitter confirmed to Mashable that on Wednesday …
Discussion: Twittercism, Gawker and Pulse2
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Worries About Pirating U.S. Soldiers in Iraq  —  It is no secret that the MPAA is involved in an ongoing battle against copyright infringers in the United States.  Tens of thousands of copyright notices are sent out each year informing illegal file-sharers that they are breaking the law.
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
What the mobile patent fight is all about
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How secure is Flash? Here's what Adobe won't tell you
Discussion: Daring Fireball and AppleInsider
Mastaff / ben's blog:
Why Startups Should Train Their People
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh-Oh, 0.00000068% Of Facebook Users Promise To Quit On May 31
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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Reuters:
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FYI, Pandora Makes Your Music Public
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Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google to offer encrypted search next week
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Danah Boyd / apophenia:
Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Google hiring 300 workers to pinpoint bugs in Google Maps
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:toddbishop
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The Best Response To Adobe's Lame ‘We Love Apple’ Ads (AAPL, ADBE)
 

 
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