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10:50 AM 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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Google Says It Inadvertently Collected Personal Data  —  On Friday, Google made a stunning admission: for over three years, it has 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 and PC World
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
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.
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: Gawker
Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Nexus One changes in availability  —  We launched Nexus One in January with two goals in mind: to introduce a beacon of innovation among Android handsets, and to make it quick and easy for people to buy an Android phone.  We're very happy with the adoption of Android in general, and the innovation delivered through Nexus One.
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Zee / TNW Google:
Google to shut down its Nexus One web store. Going the retail route.
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.
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?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T to cover about 250M people with HSPA+ by year's end  —  AT&T has changed its story on its 3.5G / 3.75G strategy prior to rolling out LTE seemingly countless times in the past couple years, but the good news is that the latest policy shift is a decidedly positive one …
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
Danah Boyd / apophenia:
Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)  —  At SXSW, I decided to talk about privacy because I thought that it would be the most important issue of the year.  I was more accurate than my wildest dreams.  For the last month, I've watched as conversations about privacy went from being the topic …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and /Message, Thanks:chrismessina
Wall Street Journal:
New York Times to Begin Website Charges in January  —  The New York Times will begin charging for access to articles on its website in January, Bill Keller, executive editor of the newspaper, said at a dinner for the Foreign Press Association Thursday evening.
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
What the mobile patent fight is all about
Clive Akass / Inquirer:
Asus netbook will have a takeaway phone
Discussion: Liliputing, Ubergizmo and Netbooked
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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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Hate dropped calls? Talk to AT&T's Stankey
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FYI, Pandora Makes Your Music Public
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google to offer encrypted search next week
Discussion: Threat Level and Maximum PC
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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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