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12:50 AM ET, May 18, 2010

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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Web Browsers Leave ‘Fingerprints’ Behind as You Surf the Net  —  San Francisco - New research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has found that an overwhelming majority of web browsers have unique signatures — creating identifiable “fingerprints” that could be used to track you as you surf the Internet.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How your Web browser rats you out online  —  You're concerned about your online privacy, and you do all the right things to keep from being tracked around the Web: purge your cookies regularly, clean out Flash “supercookies,” even switch to browsers like Browzar, which lets you …
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ:
Exclusive: Seagate confirms 3TB drive  —  Needs UEFI, 64-bit OS and new partition table.  After a few weeks of rumours, Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig has confirmed to Thinq that “we are announcing a 3TB drive later this year,” but the move to 3TB of storage space apparently involves …
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Jamie Lendino / Gearlog:
Seagate Confirms 3TB Drive, Possible 32-Bit OS Issue
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in April  —  Based on NPD data, iPods, not Macs, are being cannibalized by the iPad, says an analyst  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has looked at the NPD Group's data for the month of April and concluded that it's good news for Apple (AAPL).  How so?
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad Already Taking Away iPod Sales (AAPL)
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Mayors of Starbucks Now Get Discounts Nationwide with Foursquare  —  Starbucks, a company that already rewards frequent customers with the Barista badge on social gaming app Foursquare — is officially turning on the rewards side of its experimental Foursquare loyalty program with the first-ever nationwide mayor special.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After 3+ Years, Alex Payne Quits Twitter To Create “A Bank That Doesn't Suck”  —  A couple years ago when Twitter was having major scaling issues, engineer Alex Payne was able to work through them to help create the Twitter API.  That API, of course, is now one of the most important on the web.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
With a Kindle Hiring Spree, Amazon Gears Up for Battle With Apple  —  Since Apple announced its plans for the iPad, Amazon has shared few details about how it would respond to the competition for its Kindle.  But over the past few weeks, it has offered some more clues.
Discussion: Maximum PC and Electronista
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Will Push Real-Time Feeds to Browser  —  Google posted an unlisted video to YouTube tonight showing details of a 2.0 version of its Feed API, a simple tool for displaying recent headlines from a syndicated feed on any web page.  The new version will accept real-time PubSubHubbub feeds …
Discussion: TNW Google
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Goes Down Following Legal Pressure  —  A few days ago we exclusively revealed that several major Hollywood movie studios had obtained a preliminary injunction against CyberBunker operator CB3ROB Ltd. & Co. KG from the Regional Court of Hamburg.
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Re-inventing Windows Live Hotmail - the next generation of personal email  —  If you've been following this blog, you know that we've spent a lot of time talking about how consumers are using their email and how they manage their inboxes.  We've also talked about how we decide what to build based on what we hear from customers.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Announce 500 Million Users  —  Facebook is working on plans for their 500 million user celebration, projected to take place at some point before the end of June.  While we'd expect Facebook to make an announcement in the next couple weeks, an announcement should be expected …
Financial Times:
Google set for probes on data harvesting  —  By Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Daniel Schäfer in Frankfurt and Tim Bradshaw in London  —  Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday moved towards investigating Google following the internet group's disclosure …
Discussion: Consumer Watchdog and The Loop
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Amazon Stealing the Cloud  —  I saw a spate of recent articles that had some pretty amazing statistics and news bits on Amazon Web Services and competitors.  In no particular order:  — A survey of 600 developers by Mashery reported that 69% of respondents said Amazon, Google …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft puts more oomph into technical computing  —  Microsoft on Monday launched an expanded push into technical computing that it says is needed to solve ever more complex scientific challenges.  —  “Recent world events clearly demonstrated our inability to process vast amounts …
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Bill Hilf / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Modeling the World  —  Technology is transforming our ability …
Discussion: Geek In Disguise and TechFlash
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is This Week In The Next Weblogs?  Calacanis And Pals Put $300,000 Into Streaming Video Network  —  Is the Internet finally ready for a live streaming video network?  Jason Calacanis thinks so.  Calacanis and two of his LA pals—Matt Coffin (founder of LowerMyBills, and who just launched the DailyD) …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Kid Yourself, Mobile Ad Companies: Apple Really Does Want to Lock Up the App Market  —  Is Apple really trying to shut out other ad networks from its iPhones and iPad apps?  That's what it looked like at first blush last month.  —  Recently, though, I've talked to some mobile ad companies that are more hopeful.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Surprise: Traditional Blogging Platforms Still Reign Supreme  —  AltHouse, Citizen WElls, Economist's View: These are some of the most popular blogs in the world and their streams of daily posts get hundreds of legitimate comments.  They are published on Blogspot, WordPress and Typepad, respectively.
Discussion: PostRank Blog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon to offer ‘up to’ five LTE handsets by next May, Android tablets from HTC and friends  —  Verizon had already said that it anticipated launching its first LTE handsets in the first half of 2011, but as we're rounding third base toward the launch of Big Red's first commercial 4G markets …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Moot's Investors Revealed: Andreessen, Conway, Dixon, Schachter and Lerer  —  Last Friday, we wrote about 4chan founder Christopher “Moot” Poole's stealthy startup, Canvas Networks, which just raised $625,000 in funding.  Poole has revealed the names of the investors in the round, which are impressive to say the least.
Willie Teng / DigiTimes:
Foxconn to ship 24 million iPhone 4G in 2010, says Digitimes Research  —  Foxconn will ship 24 million units of Apple's latest iPhone 4G with shipments starting in June, according to Digitimes senior analysts Ming-Chi Kuo citing sources from Taiwan-based component makers.
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Google and Intel in web TV launch  —  Google and Intel are expected to announce a significant breakthrough into consumer electronics and the broadcast industry this week with the launch of a “Smart TV” platform.  —  Top executives from the Silicon Valley companies are reported to be ready …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Echofon On FTC's Google/Admob Inquiry: I Felt Pressured To Say Things That Met Their Goal  —  For months, the Federal Trade Commission has been considering whether or not to block Google's acquisition of Admob for $750 million, which was announced back in November.
Discussion: Echofon Blog, Erictric and Electronista
Scott Rafer / Scott Rafer's Blog:
Gilt Groupe, Groupon, and avoiding SEO  —  Most interestingly, neither of Gilt nor Groupon uses SEO to push their offers.  In fact, traditional product offer SEO would kill their businesses.  One of the reasons that the merchants can offer lower prices via these services is that the prices …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Go to Barnes & Noble, get a free e-book  —  Do you have a nook or the less elegantly named iRex DR800SG?  If so, get thee to a Barnes & Noble store to participate in the new Fun and Free e-books promotion.  It's a pretty simple concept: you waltz into a Barnes & Noble store, get an access code, then download a free e-book.
 
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Visa officially announces their case that turns your iPhone …
Discussion: Erictric, pymnts.com, TNW Apple and Crave
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube launches in South Africa
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Scenios puts video collaboration in the cloud
Discussion: VentureBeat
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Ustream Asia Debuts, New iPhone Apps For Japan
Discussion: TUAW
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Does Facebook Traffic Data Show Any Fallout from Privacy Issues?
Louis Gray:
Seesmic Integrates Foursquare Updates In Web Client
Discussion: Seesmic Blog
Jason Grigsby / O'Reilly Radar:
Mobile operating systems and browsers are headed in opposite directions
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Start-ups are searching for users, not a fight with Google
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Official: Acer will not launch Chrome OS devices at Computex
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Increasingly Grouping News Feed Stories from Apps and Sites
David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Cell Phones, Cancer Not Conclusively Linked in Biggest Test Yet
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