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12:55 PM ET, May 13, 2010

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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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.  —  An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend …
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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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   Facebook's follies: A brief history
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Facebook faces fresh privacy criticism
Discussion: Help Net Security
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4?  (Update: here's another one!)  —  This is a bit of a confusing one, but we just got tipped an additional shot of this 4th generation iPhone that leaked out in Vietnam, but this time with a big twist: it appears to be running iPhone OS 4.
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Tran Van Minh / Associated Press:   No guy-in-a-bar iPhone story in Vietnam
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
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.
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive BlackBerry tablet information  —  Been wondering about that BlackBerry tablet device you have been hearing about lately?  We have some exclusive information to share with you.  We have confirmed with multiple sources that the 8.9″ BlackBerry tablet will be strictly a “companion” device.
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 …
Naoko / Wikimedia blog:
A new look for Wikipedia  —  Wikipedia has some new improvements, thanks to the hard work and dedication of over half a million beta testers and volunteers who worked with the Wikimedia User Experience team over the last year!  With a beta testing group of 635,000 people and an 83% user retention rate …
Jim Louderback / AdAge:
How Location-Based Social Networking Gets Creepy  —  It's 9 a.m., Do You Know Who the ‘Mayor’ of Your Kid's School Is?  —  I've been having a blast with Foursquare, checking in to new locations, finding my friends on the go and exploring this new type of social networking.
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HTC's complaint against Apple examined  —  Okay, we've just gotten the full complaint HTC filed with the International Trade Commission this morning, alleging that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe five of its patents and asking for sales and imports to be halted.
Chris Burritt / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart May Sell IPad This Year in Electronics Push  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may start selling Apple Inc.'s iPad in 2010 in some U.S. stores as it competes with electronics chains for consumers who want to connect their e-mail, movies, games and music.  —  “We anticipate being able …
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.
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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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: AppScout
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Replies to Email About Mac Design Awards: “Just The Normal Cycle Of Things”  —  Mac users and developers shouldn't worry about Apple focusing only on iPhone OS, after all.  Since Apple dropped the Mac category from this year's Apple Design Awards (ADA) at the upcoming WWDC …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Edible Apple
Tim Bray / Android Developers Blog:
Twitter for Android: A closer look at Android's evolving UI patterns  —  [This post is by Chris Nesladek, Interaction Designer, Richard Fulcher, Interaction Designer, and Virgil Dobjanschi, Software Engineer — Tim Bray]  —  Along with our regular updates of the Android platform …
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John Cook / TechFlash:
VC: Things are looking ‘up’  —  Things are looking up in the venture capital industry — literally.  The number of “up” rounds — those venture capital deals completed at a higher valuation than the previous round — increased to 58 percent of all deals during the first quarter of the year …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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
 
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint and Walmart introduce Common Cents Mobile
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