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7:30 AM ET, May 13, 2010

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Calls All Hands Meeting On Privacy  —  Facing increasing pressure from the media and users, Facebook has called an all hands meeting tomorrow afternoon, at 4 PM Pacific, to discuss the company's overall privacy strategy according to sources inside the company.
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New York Times:
A Bewildering Tangle of Options  —  To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options.  Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Facebook faces fresh privacy criticism  —  Facebook has been sharply criticised by European data protection officials for putting users' privacy at risk with changes to its service.  —  Officials advising the European Commission said in a letter to the social networking company that changes …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Google To Add Tethering, Wifi Hotspot To Android 2.2 Froyo  —  Google added a plastic desert sculpture of a frozen yogurt outside of their Android building today (here's Eclair, the last version), indicating the imminent arrival of the next version of the Android operating system, Android 2.2, AKA Froyo.
HTC:
HTC SUES APPLE FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT  —  Complaint outlines five HTC patents infringed by Apple products  —  HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Gives a Nod to Newton with New ‘What is iPad?’  Ad  —  Apple started airing a new iPad ad tonight called “What is iPad?”.  The Ad seems to be a departure from their recent ads with a bit of a gruff narrator walking through what the iPad is.  However, it struck me as strangely familiar …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Building Facebook Into iPhone OS (AAPL)  —  Apple is building Facebook features into the latest version of its iPhone software, we're told by a plugged-in source in the mobile industry.  These features could be announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 7 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers the Future of Productivity With Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010  —  New products and cloud services available to businesses today.  —  Today, Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 …
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Office 2010: A Tale of Decadence and Hand-to-Hand Combat  —  Arriving at Google's main campus the other day, I flipped my keys to the valet and hopped out of my car.  I noticed a modified RV over on the right side of the parking lot where employees could get quick free hair cuts.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Sprint Evo 4G Will Have Two-Way Video Chat, Goes On Sale June 4th For $200  —  It's official: the Sprint Evo 4G will be on sale for $200 (with contract) on June 4th—even earlier than we thought.  It'll feature two-way video chat on 3G and 4G networks, which makes sense given the forward-facing camera.
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
More Choice for Users: Unlisted Videos  —  Melinda teaches high school in the Bay Area and recently reached out to us with a problem.  Her students just finished a video history project that she wanted to share with their parents and classmates.  But she was concerned about posting …
Quentin Hardy / Velocity:
SAP's Big Problem  —  Word that SAP AG is buying Sybase for $5.8 billion is a reminder of a critical reality in today's technology industry: Even the world's largest maker of business management software, SAP, is worried if it is big enough.  —  SAP had revenues of $15.3 billion for 2009 …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:forbestech
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Bloomberg:
SAP Buying Sybase for $5.8 Billion to Battle Oracle
Miro / iFixit Blog:
iPhone 4G Processor Revealed  —  Today's photos from Vietnam of a leaked iPhone 4G prototype contain legible part numbers revealing new iPhone's processor: the Apple A4.  —  The silkscreen on the production A4 reads:  — APL0398 339S0084 YNL215X0  — K4X2G643GE N26CGM0T
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Australia Hysteria over Google Wi-Fi Scanning  —  The head of Electronic Frontiers Australia is making ridiculous statements about Wi-Fi positioning: Google is being excoriated now in Australia for failing to disclose that it is scanning public Wi-Fi network signals while driving for Street View image captures and mapping.
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald and Tech Eye
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA wins big in LimeWire lawsuit  —  A federal court has found the company that operates file-sharing service LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, according to court records reviewed by CNET.  —  U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, for the Southern District of New York …
Kevin Ryan / AdAge:
What ‘Like’ Really Means for Facebook Advertisers  —  So Long, PageRank.  Hello, LikeRank  —  If the first internet ad boom set the stage for arrogance in internet advertising, the new millennium will see a new level of hubris in the field.  If Google set the standard for egotism …
Discussion: FM Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google-Backed SCVNGR Takes On Foursquare, Looks To Boost Fun With ‘Challenges’  —  It was only a matter of time.  Since last summer, we've been tracking the progress of SCVNGR, a location-based gaming platform that allows users to build engaging, real-world scavenger hunts that use …
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Loses Senior Android Product Manager Erick Tseng To Facebook  —  Surprising industry move of the day (or maybe not): Google's Senior Product Manager, Android, Erick Tseng, has departed the company and will start working at that other game-changing Internet company as of next week: Facebook.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft, Verizon defend Kin's monthly pricing, noting cloud backup  —  Product manager says new phones will have app downloads in the future  —  Computerworld - Microsoft's new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee anyway …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
MobileMe Mail beta adds server rules, interface tweaks  —  Apple late on Wednesday announced a new beta program for the mail component of its MobileMe internet service.  The new beta offers new interface views, server-based mail rules, SSL-based security, and improved performance, according to the company.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Gathering Vitals of Your So-Called Scattered Life  —  The important records of most people's lives are too often hard to find when you need them.  Some are on paper, scattered in folders, drawers or boxes in homes and offices.  Others are in digital files on one or more computers.
Bob Evans / InformationWeek:
Larry Ellison On Sun Ex-CEO: Blogging Was Silly Diversion  —  Praising Sun's engineering prowess while damning the company's leadership, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun's engineers were given direction that “was so astonishingly bad that even they couldn't succeed.”
Discussion: Reuters
Todd Lassa / Motor Trend Magazine:
GM Woos Google: Collaboration Would Compete with Ford/Microsoft's Sync  —  Like Sync, Google's Android would allow GM customers to pair their vehicles with almost any brand of smartphone.  While Android would offer GM serious competition for Ford's popular Sync, which was recently expanded …
 
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Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Nearly a quarter of U.S. homes only use cellphones
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines to Sell Subscriptions Within Facebook's News Feed
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint and Walmart introduce Common Cents Mobile
Discussion: Engadget and Phones Review
Cade Metz / The Register:
Scroogle scrapes back to life
Discussion: WebProNews and PC World
David Springer / Chromium Blog:
A sneak peek at the Native Client SDK
Discussion: Ajaxian
 Earlier Items: 
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
The FTC is out to get Google, some interviewees say
Will Harper / The Snitch:
LinkedIn: More Jobs Titles With ‘Ninja’ Than Ever
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple-Verizon Political Calculus, 2010 Edition
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Doug Dineley / Computerworld:
Citrix fires up desktop virtualization
Discussion: ZDNet, eWeek and The Register
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
All-new Hotmail to take on Gmail next Monday