Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
11:30 PM ET, May 17, 2010

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
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.
RELATED:
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 …
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?
RELATED:
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.
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 …
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.
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.
RELATED:
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.
RELATED:
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
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: The Loop
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 …
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 …
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 …
RELATED:
Bill Hilf / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Modeling the World  —  Technology is transforming our ability …
Discussion: Geek In Disguise and TechFlash
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Geekword
RELATED:
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.
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.
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
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Ustream Asia Debuts, New iPhone Apps For Japan  —  Just four months after a major investment from Japan's SoftBank, Ustream has officially launched its Asian arm.  The live broadcasting site unveiled Ustream Asia this Monday, a joint venture with TV Bank Corporation (a unit of SoftBank).
Discussion: TUAW
Mike Jones / MySpace:
MySpace Empowers Users With New, Simpler Privacy Setting  —  The last few weeks have been fraught with discussion around user privacy on social networks.  We want to take this opportunity to discuss our view of user privacy on MySpace and some of the core features that made MySpace unique from its inception.
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.
Jason Grigsby / O'Reilly Radar:
Mobile operating systems and browsers are headed in opposite directions  —  During a panel at Web 2.0 Expo, someone asked if the panelists saw any signs that suggest mobile operating system fragmentation might decrease.  —  One of the panelists had a blunt answer: “No. There will be more fragmentation.”
Thanks:atul
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
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) …
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 11:30 PM ET, May 17, 2010.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Microsoft:
New Office 365 ProPlus benefit prepares today's students for tomorrow's jobs  —  Self-service sign-up available today in the U.S. for eligible students and in November for teachers.  Available globally later this year.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Collect app usage data at scale.  Amazon Mobile Analytics delivers usage reports within 60 minutes of receiving data.  Start Free now on iOS, Android & Fire OS apps.
VMware:
Why Run Your Exchange Environment In A Hybrid Cloud Model?  —  VMware vSphere has always been a premier destination for virtualizing packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho People Webhooks for Real-time Callbacks.  —  API (Application Programming Interface) has always been the most preferred means of integration between two systems.  For instance, an HR software and payroll.
Syncano:
6 Reasons Why We Love React.js  —  Our front-end team loves trying new things.  New frameworks, new build tools... anything that makes our work more efficient deserves my attention.
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 Site News: 

Nothing recent. See Techmeme News for earlier news.

 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Mini-Techmeme: Techmeme for mobiles
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Surprise: Traditional Blogging Platforms Still Reign Supreme
Discussion: PostRank Blog
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube launches in South Africa
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Scenios puts video collaboration in the cloud
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android Comes of Age at Google Developer Conference
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Dive deeper into Techmeme's top sources and introducing the Mediagazer Leaderboard
Discussion: Mediagazer News and TNW Apps, Thanks:megan
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
MobileMe Mail Beta Walkthrough
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
Layoffs hit Freedom Communications as it ceases publication of L.A. Register

Agence France-Presse:
Somali pirates release German-American journalist and writer Michael Scott Moore after more than two years

Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Coalition files lawsuit challenging Arizona's ‘nude photo law’

 
Sister Sites:

Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
memeorandum
 Politics, opinion, and current events
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip