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2:05 PM ET, May 21, 2010

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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 …
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Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Working with AdMob to move mobile advertising forward  —  Today, the Federal Trade Commission cleared our acquisition of AdMob, a mobile advertising start up.  We're excited to work with Omar Hamoui and his talented team at AdMob to develop new mobile advertising solutions for marketers, mobile app developers and mobile publishers.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FTC approves Google's AdMob buy, cites Apple's iAd competition  —  Google's attempt to swoop in and buy AdMob out from under Apple was looking like a Pyrrhic victory for a second there, as Federal Trade Commission approval of the deal hung in the balance based on concerns that El Goog …
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:   Google's $750 Million AdMob Purchase Approved by U.S. Antitrust Regulator
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   It Is PATHETIC That The FTC Took 6 Months To Approve Google-AdMob Deal (GOOG, AAPL)
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Busted: Facebook Gave Advertisers Names And Ages Of People Who Clicked Ads
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Unbelievable: WSJ Calls Facebook's Referring URLs a Privacy Violation (UPDATED)
Discussion: broadstuff and /Message
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 …
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek Blogs:
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, I've made up my mind.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, CloudAve, Mashable! and Engadget, Thanks:atul
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Carriers Will Be Able To Decide Which Android Phones Have Tethering …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: PaidContent Founder Ali to Depart Pioneering Digital News Site  —  PaidContent's Rafat Ali, who turned a one-man Web site 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 the company …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:   On To Life 2.0  —  In the end, all things do come to an end.
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.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
60% of Facebook Users Consider Quitting Over Privacy? We Think Not
Discussion: Computerworld, ZDNet and CNET News, Thanks:rwwmike
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, Apple Outsider and Engadget, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Officially Ends ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign, Revamps 'Why You'll Love a Mac' Feature  —  Last month, actor Justin Long revealed that Apple's long-running “Get a Mac” ad campaign, in which he appeared as the “Mac” character, appeared to have been discontinued.  The last set of “Get a Mac” commercials had been released in October 2009.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Closes New $8.25 Million Fund, Sequoia Is Lead Investor  —  Startup incubator Y Combinator has just closed $8.25 million new fund led by Sequoia Capital with Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Aydin Senkut, XG Ventures, and Geoff Ralston participating.  —  The new fund is four times larger than $2 million fund raised last year.
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
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 …
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
J Allard leaving Microsoft over Courier axing?
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Wins Ground in Fight Over Flash
John Carroll / ZDNet:
How Microsoft loses the TV space
Discussion: PC World
Vivek Kundra / The White House Blog:
Data.gov: Pretty Advanced for a One-Year-Old
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Switched
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com's Benioff likens Microsoft to patent ‘alley thug’
Discussion: CNET News, Pulse2 and MediaPost Raw
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
The iPad makes inroads among members of Congress
Discussion: CrunchGear and GigaOM
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Dalai Lama tweets to Chinese web users
TUAW:
Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app
Discussion: The Greenroom, AppScout and App Advice
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Knows Who You'll Hook Up With
Discussion: The Huffington Post and AppScout
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Stanford University prepares for an amazing “bookless library”
Discussion: ZDNet
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's “Royalty-Free” WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free For Long
 

 
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