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3:20 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.
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 Downplays Today's Privacy Meeting  —  One day after we learned about an all hands privacy meeting at Facebook, the company has confirmed the meeting but is clarifying what's being discussed.  The company has told us, “We have an open culture and it should come as no surprise …
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Mark, be honest. Just explain your views on the future of privacy.
Discussion: PC World and twopointouch, Thanks:aragni
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's follies: A brief history
Discussion: TechCrunch and Internet Evolution
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.
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.”
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Special Report: Can that guy in Ironman 2 whip IBM in real life?  —  (Reuters) - In the movie “Ironman 2,” Larry Ellison makes a cameo appearance as a billionaire, playboy software magnate.  It is a role he knows well.  He is playing himself — chief executive of Oracle Corp …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4?  —  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
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.
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
The next big step - say hello to group video calling  —  Today we're offering you a preview of our brand new version of Skype, which supports group video calling for up to 5 people.  —  With the latest version, you'll be able to bring the whole family together for a chat, for lunch, or even for a birthday.
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, SlashGear, Engadget and Kotaku
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Diaspora, The Open Facebook Alternative, Soars Past $50,000 In Micro-Funding [Update: Now Past $100,000]  —  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.
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 …
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 …
John Gruber / Macworld:
This is how Apple rolls  —  Like other products, the iPad will start small, but grow large  —  This is how the designers and engineers at Apple roll: They roll.  —  They take something small, simple, and painstakingly well considered.  They ruthlessly cut features to derive the absolute minimum core product they can start with.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: HTML5 Isn't Ready for Prime Time  —  UPDATED: Hulu rolled out a number of updates to its video player today, including making it bigger, adding adaptive bitrate streaming, improving content recommendations and enabling users to receive more personalized ads.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Disney's Club Penguin Misses Profit Targets—No $350 Million Earnout  —  Kids' virtual world Club Penguin may have helped boost Disney's digital revenues with its higher subscription revenues, but according to the company's 10k filing, the unit failed to meet earnings targets set when it was acquired in August 2007.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Android Senior Software Engineer Cedric Beust Leaves Google For LinkedIn  —  Yesterday we reported that Google's Senior Product Manager, Android, Erick Tseng, departed the search giant for Facebook.  Today, another Android team member is hitting the road; senior software engineer Cedric Beust is leaving Google for LinkedIn.
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
White House moves Recovery.gov to Amazon's cloud  —  Earlier today in a blog post on WhiteHouse.gov, federal CIO Vivek Kundra announced that Recovery.gov would be moving to the cloud.  The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board's primary contractor, Smartronix, chose Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to host the site.
Discussion: TechFlash and ZDNet, Thanks:digiphile
 
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Discussion: Erictric and TechCrunch
IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues Hit $5.9 Billion in Q1 '10 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Video: iPad Loading Software onto Apple ][e
Discussion: MacStories, 9 to 5 Mac and Panic Blog
David Kravets / Threat Level:
FBI Gets Evidence in Student Webcam Scandal
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Cook / TechFlash:
VC: Things are looking ‘up’
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Replies to Email About Mac Design Awards: “Just The Normal Cycle Of Things”
Discussion: Edible Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Jim Louderback / AdAge:
How Location-Based Social Networking Gets Creepy
Tim Bray / Android Developers Blog:
Twitter for Android: A closer look at Android's evolving UI patterns
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 Earlier Items: 
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Consumer Reports says Apple retail's the best place to buy a phone
Discussion: AppScout
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube & Vevo Team To Stream ‘The National’ Concert; More Events In The Works
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google-Backed SCVNGR Takes On Foursquare, Looks To Boost Fun With ‘Challenges’
Todd Lassa / Motor Trend Magazine:
GM Woos Google: Collaboration Would Compete with Ford/Microsoft's Sync
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Building Facebook Into iPhone OS (AAPL)