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3:40 AM ET, October 18, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook in Privacy Breach  —  Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs, a Journal Investigation Finds  —  Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the F8 developer conference this spring.  —  Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc …
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Mike Vernal / Facebook Developer Blog:
Using Facebook UIDs  —  We take user privacy seriously.  We are dedicated to protecting private user data while letting users enjoy rich experiences with their friends.  This more social Web will only occur if users trust that they are in control of their information.
Jeremy Lizt / Rapleaf:
Referrer URLs and Privacy Risks  —  The Wall Street Journal's recent article in the “What They Know” series discussed the problem of Facebook IDs being passed to ad networks.  This is a serious potential privacy risk - and most Facebook applications are impacted by this issue.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Developer Love: Facebook Shuts Down LOLapps
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Groupon Is No Ebay  —  Chicago-based Groupon is certainly one heck of a startup.  Like Zynga it sort of came out of nowhere in 2009.  Even last December I was sort of only vaguely aware of how fast it was growing.  —  But it was clear by early 2010 to the whole world that Groupon was on a tear.
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Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Will Yahoo Buy Groupon?
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Microsoft, and the curious case of the iPad  —  “That tablet thing?  Yeah, we'll get back to you on that.”  That's a crude but fairly accurate encapsulation of the attitude Microsoft, Intel, and Advanced Micro Devices have toward the iPad and the tablet market in general.  —  Why the cavalier attitude?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
A Renewed Mark Zuckerberg  —  If you've seen Mark Zuckerberg speak at some point over the past few weeks, you've probably noticed something different about him.  It's not that he's just more charismatic, but for the first time it appears as though he feels comfortable in his own body while speaking on stage.
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
On Apple and Its (Enviable) Problems  —  Oh, to have Apple Inc.'s kind of problem.  While consumer confidence remains weak, the strength of Apple's quarterly results Monday will depend largely on how fast it has been able to meet demand for products such as iPhones and iPads.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Offer Media Links  —  Yahoo Inc. plans to mimic a strategy used by rival Facebook Inc. to help drive traffic to its site, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The Sunnyvale, Calif., company soon will roll out a feature called Y Connect to allow media publishers …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
A Grisly Murder Trial, in 140-Character Bits  —  NEW HAVEN — Dr. William A. Petit Jr., whose wife and daughters were killed by two intruders in Cheshire, Conn., took the witness stand.  It was one of the most expectantly intense moments of the three-week trial of one of two defendants in the case.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Facebook Money Machine  —  This year, Facebook will make about $1.5bn in advertising revenue.  On average, this is about three dollars per registered user, a figure that is significantly higher for the 50% of the social network's population that logs in at least once a day.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
300,000 Apple apps?  Not so fast!  —  The iOS App Store is large and dynamic market place, and measuring its size can be tricky  —  On Sept. 1, Steve Jobs announced that there were more than 250,000 apps to choose from in Apple's (AAPL) App Store.  —  On Saturday, two websites …
Thomas Joseph / Boy Genius Report:
Angry Birds for Android gets over 1 million downloads in 1 day  —  There is no denying the Angry Birds phenomenon.  Rovio Mobile, the developers behind the multi-platform Angry Birds app, have just announced a staggering stat — over 1 million Android downloads in 1 day.
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Martyn Williams / PC World:
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