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12:20 PM ET, May 21, 2010

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
For Facebook, the Privacy Snowball Just Keeps on Rolling  —  Call it the “snowball effect,” or maybe the “witch-hunt” effect.  At some point, when a company is under fire for something, even the smallest piece of evidence that it might be guilty of that thing can get blown out of proportion.
Thanks:mathewi
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, MySpace Face Privacy Loophole  —  Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
Tom S. Noda / PC World:
Study: 60 Percent of Facebook Users Mulling to Quit  —  Due to prevailing privacy concerns, several Facebook members are thinking to quit the popular social networking site — at least 60% of them — according to a latest survey conducted by IT security firm, Sophos.
Discussion: Computerworld and MediaPost Raw
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Unbelievable: WSJ Calls Facebook's Referring URLs a Privacy Violation (UPDATED)
Discussion: broadstuff and /Message
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Busted: Facebook Gave Advertisers Names And Ages Of People Who Clicked Ads
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Unveil “Project Nike” Partnership Deal With Nokia at Monday Event  —  Today, Yahoo sent out an invite for a press conference in New York on Monday with a mysterioso tone:  —  It read, vaguely:  —  “Please join Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Gundotra Goes After Apple: The Video  —  At Thursday's Google I/O keynote, VP of engineering Vic Gundotra repeatedly ripped into Apple, and he did it right off the bat.  The video above, which just came out, shows the first ten minutes of his keynote where he discusses why the world needs Android.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Google evangelist Vic Gundotra is the company's new star
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor and Engadget, Thanks:atul
Will M / All Facebook:
Android Gets Facebook Graph API Before the iPhone  —  Facebook announced new mobile social networking functionality for the Android platform this week.  At Google I/O, Google's developer conference, executives routinely made fun of Steve Jobs and Apple, but Facebook's role in the drama was overlooked by the press.
Seesmic Blog:
Introducing Seesmic for iPhone  —  Seesmic for iPhone brings an efficient perspective to social networking on a mobile platform.  An application which enables Twitter, Facebook and Ping.fm - letting you update dozens of social networks at once (including MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Does Seesmic For iPhone Stack Up Against TweetDeck And Twitter For iPhone?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
DigiTimes:
HP Taiwan confirms plans for WebOS-based mobile devices  —  HP will adopt the WebOS platform in smartphones and tablets, according to Monty Wong, vice president of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, adding that since netbooks are more similar in functions with traditional computers …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:   HP on WebOS devices: Tablet coming before October, no plans for netbooks
Dieter Bohn / Android Central:
Most 2010 HTC Android phones will get Froyo ...in 2010  —  Like many of you, we are already wondering if and when our favorite Android phones will get the Froyo Android 2.2 upgrade.  By “favorite Android phones” we naturally mean the hotness made by HTC.  So, we asked and here's the deal …
Laura June / Engadget:
Thoughts on Foxconn  —  I'm not an economist, and in fact, I've never been very good with money or math.  I'm not a manufacturer either — the only things I make with my own hands are quilts and cakes.  I know, however, from these experiences, that the best products take time, and are made with care from the best available materials.
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Xinhua News Agency:
Death revelations, fatal fall brings attempted suicides of Foxconn …
Daniel Lyons / Techtonic Shifts:
Sayonara, iPhone: Why I'm Switching to Android  —  I was already fed up with my lousy AT&T service, and was seriously considering switching to the HTC Incredible, an Android-powered phone that runs on the Verizon network.  —  But then, after seeing Google's new mobile-phone software today, I've made up my mind.
Thanks:atul
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Carriers Will Be Able To Decide Which Android Phones Have Tethering …
JR Raphael / PC World:
Google Android 2.2: Questions and Answers
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's “Royalty-Free” WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free For Long  —  The announcement of Google's new WebM video format and release of the VP8 video codec as an open standard have been hailed by some as the move that will free the Web from the proprietary H.264 codec widely used …
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Android for iPhone 3G, Now Available for Download  —  Android port for iPhone 3G is now finally available for download.  You can do pretty much everything that you would expect a normal Android phone to do but it is still not recommended for day-to-day regular use.
Randy Nelson / Joystiq:
Google celebrates Pac-Man's 30th anniversary with playable logo  —  A playable ... logo?  That's exactly what web giant Google has today, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man's Japanese release.  The doodle (Google's term for its event and holiday-specific logos) …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Unanswered Questions About Google TV  —  Murphy was in the room when Google unveiled its Google TV platform at its I/O developer conference today.  The demo was plagued with numerous problems, with remote controls losing sync and questionable content showing up on the TV feeds used …
TUAW:
Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app  —  In what is sure to raise a ruckus, comedian / filmmaker / app developer Emery Emery recorded a phone call with an Apple App Store rep when his iSlam Muhammad app was pulled from the App Store after one day.  The highly entertaining conversation …
Discussion: The Greenroom, AppScout and App Advice
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Knows Who You'll Hook Up With  —  Facebook's CEO came up with a way of predicting who a given user would be dating one week in the future, according to a new book about the social network.  And he did it for fun.  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg found it entertaining to dive into user data …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and AppScout
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Closes its Investigation of Google AdMob Deal  —  After Thorough Review, Agency Finds Transaction Not Likely to Harm Competition  —  The Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation of Google's proposed acquisition of mobile advertising network company AdMob after thoroughly reviewing …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
The iPad makes inroads among members of Congress  —  Attorney General Eric Holder may have been the star witness at last week's House Judiciary Committee hearing — but Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's iPad was the VIP.  —  Like jealous siblings on Christmas morning, lawmakers peered over Chaffetz's shoulder …
Discussion: CrunchGear and GigaOM
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: PaidContent Founder Ali To Depart Pioneering Digital News Site  —  PaidContent's Rafat Ali, who turned a one-man Web site and into a must-read hub for digital media news, is leaving the company he founded eight years ago.  —  Sources said Ali has told co-workers he will leave …
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Officially Ends ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign, Revamps 'Why You'll Love a Mac' Feature
Vivek Kundra / The White House Blog:
Data.gov: Pretty Advanced for a One-Year-Old
Discussion: Switched
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com's Benioff likens Microsoft to patent ‘alley thug’
Discussion: CNET News
Agence France Presse:
Dalai Lama to tweet with Chinese web users
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft touts Hotmail security adds; users complain of account hacks
Discussion: ZDNet and Lockergnome Blog Network
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Stanford University prepares for an amazing “bookless library”
Discussion: ZDNet
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Seagate planning to launch new hybrid SSD/hard drive in Asus ROG …
Edible Apple:
Apple files trademark for “distinctive” design of Apple retail stores
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users
Discussion: Help Net Security
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA Shutters Developer Program Amidst App Boom
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Appeals Court Halts ‘Hot News’ Publishing Order
Discussion: Reuters, Techdirt and Dow Jones Newswires, Thanks:paulcarr
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