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12:20 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.
Discussion: p2pnet and Ars Technica, Thanks:atul
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Blames Riot Over Privacy On Media, Says Users “Love” The Changes (MSFT)  —  Facebook is getting lots of heat about privacy lately.  —  But a company exec told Computerworld that any complaining you're hearing is not from real users.  —  It's just noise from “media, organizations and officials.”
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook's “Posts By Everyone” Feature: Do People Realize They're Sharing To The World?  —  It's kind of crazy.  I've been playing with Facebook's “Posts By Everyone” search feature recently, and many people who hide their profile information have no problem sharing sometimes really personal updates with the world.
Discussion: Computerworld and ZDNet
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.”
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga plans Zynga Live site to diversify away from Facebook
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.
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?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual) to ignore  —  Alright, stop us if you've heard this one before — but seriously, we've noticed an uptick on the tip lines here at Engadget in the last couple weeks that's becoming difficult to ignore.  It's one thing to say “hey …
Discussion: Electronista, MacStories and Go Rumors
Scott Berinato / Harvard Business Review:
On Twitter, Followers Don't Equal Influence  —  It could be that Twitter research is popular because Twitter data is free and so accessible.  That's okay.  Gift horses are just as good for riding.  —  The best, latest entry in Twitter research is the handiwork of Meeyoung Cha …
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum:
Robots With Knives: A Study of Soft-Tissue Injury in Robotics  —  UPDATE: It turns out the brave individual in the video is Sami Haddadin, the study's lead author, who was clearly confident in the collision-detection system he devised.  I incorporated some additional details he gave me into the story.
Open Source Subnet / Network World:
The Defensive Patent License makes patents less evil for open source  —  Two law professors are developing a software patent license in the image of the GPL  —  Two law professors from UC Berkeley have come up with a novel idea to protect open source developers from patent bullies.
Jeremy Nicholl / The Russian Photos Blog:
We Stole Your Pictures, Now We're Going To Sue You  —  Morel's publications under the AFP-Getty-Suaero byline  —  Imagine you're in an earthquake.  Even as the aftershocks continue, looters steal your property.  Shortly after you see your stolen belongings up for sale.
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 …
Norman Oder / Library Journal:
Updated: Washington Supreme Court, 6-3, Backs Library System's Full Filtering Policy  — First decision to back full filtering  — State Librarian: it's about community needs, not free speech  —  In a decision that may lead some libraries to adopt more stringent Internet filtering policies …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Report: Facebook Location Coming In A Few Weeks.  But Is It Foursquare Or Twitter?  —  Yesterday, AdAge ran a story that Facebook was preparing to roll out its first true location-based service (beyond its for-fun Presence thing).  The story said that the social network was partnering …
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AdAge:
Facebook to Add Location This Month, Integrate Brands Later
Discussion: WebProNews
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft updates Bing Maps imagery to include more bird's eye views  —  Microsoft has released another huge update for their Bing Maps imagery.  Every few months, Bing releases another major update for their Maps application, to include new countries, cities and variations of different angles and levels of zoom.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Being Played Out Live On Twitter And Foursquare.  Awesome.  —  I can almost hear Ben Stein saying it right now.  “Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?”  —  It's been almost 25 years since Ferris Bueller took his day off from school.  And yet, the legend lives on today thanks to Twitter and Foursquare.
Discussion: Bruce Clay Blog, Switched, Digits and Urlesque, Thanks:dekeyes
 
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Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Meet H/Pre
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo CMO Steele On Ad Campaign: Word Of Mouth Isn't Enough For Us
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
New NEC technology detects pirated online videos “in seconds”
Discussion: NEC and Maximum PC
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Zynga pulls pit bulls from Mafia Wars after complaint
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Reader Adds HTML5 Support
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Here's How Much Tech Companies Spend On Advertising …
Discussion: Fortune, Techi.com and 9 to 5 Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Linux needs to do more for programmers
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Rivals are invading its patch, but Nintendo is ready to go to war
Mitchell Harper / Mashable!:
5 Ways Facebook's Open Graph Will Impact E-commerce