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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Adobe targets Apple in ad campaign launched today, publishes open letter from founders  —  If you're reading Engadget today (and let's be honest, you're reading it right now), then you might have noticed that Adobe has launched a pretty full-force campaign to call out Apple on its anti-Flash mission.
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Adobe:
Our thoughts on open markets  —  The genius of the Internet is its almost infinite openness to innovation.  New hardware.  New software.  New applications.  New ideas.  They all get their chance.  As the founders of Adobe, we believe open markets are in the best interest of developers, content owners, and consumers.
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.
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
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.”
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 …
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update  —  When Sony issued a recent PlayStation 3 update removing the device's ability to install alternate operating systems like Linux, it did so to protect copyrighted content—but several research projects suffered collateral damage.
Discussion: CloudAve, Engadget, SlashGear and Kotaku
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Diaspora, The Open Facebook Alternative, Soars Past $50,000 In Micro-Funding  —  Whenever a service rises to popularity, an “open” alternative is usually close behind.  The problem is that most of these alternatives never go anywhere, let along get close to the service they're trying to supplant.
Discussion: MOTHERBOARD and Techi.com
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 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Skype VP says company isn't developing software for Windows Phone 7  —  Consider the bombshell dropped.  Skype, the godfather of VoIP apps and an increasingly ubiquitous piece of mobile as well as desktop software, has just let it be known that it's not planning on bringing its goodies to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS.
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
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 …
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 …
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Nearly a quarter of U.S. homes only use cellphones  —  (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of U.S. homes have abandoned land lines and use only a cellphone, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.  —  Fifteen percent of households have standard plug-in phones but almost never use them, the National Center for Health Statistics found.
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.
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 …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint and Walmart introduce Common Cents Mobile  —  Sprint and Walmart have announced they've banded together to launch a brand new, low-cost carrier...say hello to Common Sense Mobile.  Service will be lit up on May 15th and the carrier will be featured -exclusively — in over 700 Walmarts across the country.
Discussion: Engadget, DailyTech and Phones Review
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet  —  Paul English, the cofounder of travel search engine Kayak.com, wants to blanket all of Africa with free and low-cost Wi-Fi.  It's a “big, big project,” one that will consume the next decade of his life, English tells FastCompany.com.
Discussion: DVICE, Appfrica and Ubergizmo
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Consumer Reports says Apple retail's the best place to buy a phone  —  Apple's retail stores have been called “the best place to buy a cell phone” by no less an organ than June's Consumer Reports — despite the company only selling one model of the device.  —  Consumer Report's report cites …
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Fortune and MacNN
Bloomberg:
SAP Buying Sybase for $5.8 Billion to Battle Oracle  —  SAP AG, the world's biggest maker of business-management software, is close to buying Sybase Inc. for about $6 billion, two people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The deal could be announced as early as today or it could fall apart …
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SAP's Big Problem
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Kevin Ryan / AdAge:
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Magazines to Sell Subscriptions Within Facebook's News Feed
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A sneak peek at the Native Client SDK
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
The FTC is out to get Google, some interviewees say
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Will Harper / The Snitch:
LinkedIn: More Jobs Titles With ‘Ninja’ Than Ever
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple-Verizon Political Calculus, 2010 Edition
Doug Dineley / Computerworld:
Citrix fires up desktop virtualization
Discussion: ZDNet, eWeek and The Register