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7:15 PM ET, May 8, 2010

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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's Gone Rogue; It's Time for an Open Alternative  —  Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg's dreams of world domination.  It's time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.
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Matt McKeon:
The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook  —  Facebook is a great service.  I have a profile, and so does nearly everyone I know under the age of 60.  However, Facebook hasn't always managed its users' data well.  In the beginning, it restricted the visibility of a user's personal information …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Yet another Facebook privacy risk: emails Facebook sends leak user IP address  —  We've been covering the mounting privacy violation woes for Facebook users here on Boing Boing in recent weeks—here's another issue to be aware of.  Facebook base64-encodes your IP address in every emailed event that you interact with.
Discussion: Binary Intelligence
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Blames Riot Over Privacy On Media, Says Users “Love” The Changes (MSFT)
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Much ado about privacy on Facebook (I wish Facebook were MORE open!!!)
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook's “Posts By Everyone” …
Discussion: Computerworld and ZDNet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga's Struggle For Independence: Bailing On Tagged, ZLive To Launch Soon?  —  Yesterday we reported on Zynga's plans to launch a social gaming network called Zynga Live as part of its efforts to distance itself from Facebook.  —  Zynga is also pulling away from other social networks, it seems, including Tagged.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Gunning Up (And Lawyering Up) For War Against Facebook With Zynga Live  —  The relationship between Facebook and its biggest gaming partner, Zynga, are at an all time low, we've heard from multiple sources.  The level of stress, says one source, is “intense.”
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga plans Zynga Live site to diversify away from Facebook
Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Social
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An Early Look At Twitter Annotations Or, “Twannotations”  —  During a presentation in London today, Twitter engineer Raffi Krikorian offered up an early glimpse of what Twitter's highly anticipated new annotations feature (or, as he refers to them at one point “Twannotations") will look like.
Discussion: mehack
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
International iPad Pricing Detailed & Compared  —  Following yesterday's update on iPad international availability; Apple is slowly starting to publish local press releases featuring pricing.  —  iPad prices, however, slightly differ from country to country and tend to be a bit hard to find.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple developing Flash alternative named Gianduia  —  As Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight duke it out over their plugin-based, HTML-alternative web platforms, Apple is using Gianduia, its new a client-side, standards based framework for Rich Internet Apps, to create production quality online apps for its retail users.
Alexia Tsotsis / SFWeekly Tech:
Conan O'Brien at Google: The World Has Completely Changed  —  Rounding out an unofficial tour of Silicon Valley, Conan O'Brien visited Google's Mountain View headquarters on Wednesday, ribbing Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra about the company's infamous aloofness: “You guys are so power mad …
Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider gets caught on video  —  One of our BlackBerry connects sent us in a nice treat a little while ago... it is the first ever live video of the mythical BlackBerry Bold sliding device coming out of Waterloo.  The quality of the video is also decently clear, so check it out, okay?
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
White Pages May Go Way of Rotary-Dialed Phone  —  The digital age may claim another victim.  —  The residential White Pages, those inches-thick tomes of fine-print telephone listings that may be most useful as doorstops, could stop landing with a thud on doorsteps across New York later this year.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
FCC hands Hollywood the keys to your PC, home theater and future  —  The FCC has given Hollywood permission to activate the “Selective Output Control” technologies in your set-top box.  These are hidden flags that allow the MPAA to deactivate parts of your home theater depending on what you're watching.
 
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Software Patent Absurdity
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Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft updates Bing Maps imagery to include more bird's eye views
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual) to ignore
Discussion: Electronista, MacStories and Go Rumors
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo CMO Steele On Ad Campaign: Word Of Mouth Isn't Enough For Us
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider