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5:35 AM ET, May 16, 2008

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Charlie Cheever / Facebook Developers:
Thoughts on Privacy  —  As developers, you're probably curious about the recent initiatives we and other companies in the industry have taken to help you build applications that let users take their information around the web.  We wanted to give you a little more information on how we're thinking …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy  —  My ex-boss, John Furrier, goes after Facebook after Facebook blocked Google's Friend Connect from using its API to inport friends from Facebook into Google's Friend Connect.  —  I saw Dave Morin, who runs Facebook's developer platform, at Google's event Monday night.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect  —  Update: More details here.  —  Facebook is all about openness and data portability, as long as that doesn't involve openness or portability of data, it seems.  —  Today they wrote a long 7 paragraph blog post …
Discussion: Voidstar: blog and The Real McCrea
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden  —  The scuffle today between Facebook and Google has very little to do with user privacy and everything to do with user control.  A huge battle is underway between Google, MySpace and Facebook around control of user profiles and, therefore, users themselves.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Responds to Carl Icahn's Intention to Nominate Candidates for Election to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter in response to Carl Icahn's announcement regarding …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Letter to Yahoo!  —  BoomTown's most favorite part of the Yahoo takeover circus?  —  The dueling letters, of course!  How the lovely practice of missives has fallen out of favor, as soulless emails have grown in use.  —  Well, not in the land of hostile takeovers!
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children  —  After a years-long dispute, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child said Thursday that they had reached an agreement to offer Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining …
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Ryan Spoon:
Disqus - After 5 Days on Disqus, I'm Turning Back to Wordpress Comments  —  I'm an avid reader of Fred Wilson's blog and was tempted to test-drive Disqus when Fred first integrated it onto his site.  I finally decided to install it on my blog (which is powered by Wordpress) after Fred wrote his post “Three Reasons to Use Disqus”.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Lied to FCC, Blocks BitTorrent Traffic 24/7  —  BitTorrent throttling is not a new phenomenon, but it is getting more attention lately, because the number of people who use BitTorrent keeps growing.  Up until today however, there has been no reliable data that revealed the scope of it.
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Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US?  Be sure to hide all your data first  —  Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country.  They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
Jeff Chin / Official Google Blog:
Google Translate adds 10 new languages...  ...and that's great news any way you say it.  Language is one of the biggest challenges we have in making information universally accessible.  As part of the machine translation team within Google Research, I'm happy to report we've been hard at work to overcome this challenge.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Look at Plazes for iPhone  —  Today Plazes CEO Felix Petersen gave us a peek at iPlazer, the upcoming iPhone client for the geo-tagging social networking site.  The app will be available when Apple's official App Store launches in mid June.  Plazes has been around for a while …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Promise and Peril of Ubiquitous Community  —  The following is also my column in next week's AdAge.  —  Over the last five years I have been asked countless times: “Steve, what's the next hot online community?”  It seems as though everybody is on the lookout for the successor to MySpace, Twitter or Facebook.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Are social networks dragging down CPMs?
Discussion: broadstuff and Simon's Blog
Smashing Magazine:
More (Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers  —  Desktop wallpapers are always nice to look at and to draw inspiration from.  They may provide with some fresh perspective and offer you some eye-candy for tedious coffee breaks.  We are regularly hunting for free high-quality icons …
Shadowmite.com Blog:
Treo 800 Prototype picture  —  Someone stopped into our chat room today with this to show us:  —  Its a CDMA WM Treo 800, but according to our source in the Ukraine it is also known as the Palm Zeppelin.  More details will follow, as we are unsure of the pixel count on the screen as well as several other important details.
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Plans to Answer iPhone With Touchscreen BlackBerry  —  Research In Motion Ltd. plans to introduce a touch-screen version of its BlackBerry device in the third quarter, answering the challenge posed by the runaway popularity of the iPhone made by Apple Inc.
 
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft cuts backup from Windows Home Server PowerPack
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Bojan Zdrnja / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Debian and Ubuntu users: fix your keys/certificates NOW
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Music Industry Gurus' Five Point Plan to Save their Business
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Yahoo Search Security Beta Draws Complaints
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Twitter Traffic Explosion: Who's behind it all?
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Matt Kapko / RCR Wireless News:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Kindle a $750 Million iPod-Like Business By 2010 (AMZN)
Guardian:
How Apple is changing DRM