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5:00 AM ET, May 14, 2010

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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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Mark Zuckerberg:  —  It's clear you are having some PR issues with the changes you've made to Facebook.  —  Folks like Leo Laporte deleted their accounts.  Jason Calacanis is making page view budgets because of these problems.  Jeff Jarvis is taunting you on Twitter.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Has Facebook's Active User Growth Dropped 25% to 50%?  —  Are a significant number of people cancelling their Facebook accounts because of privacy concerns?  The easy answer would be for Facebook to publish cancellation stats.  I asked; they declined and gave me growth figures instead.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:malpern
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Media Attacks On Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg Are Getting Out Of Hand  —  Friday is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 26th birthday.  My guess is he's won't be enjoying it as much as he should, given that the top tech story of the day is a look at a private instant message exchange he supposedly had six or seven years ago at Harvard.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Mum's the word from all-hands Facebook company meeting on privacy  —  Facebook execs not saying if changes will be made to the social network's privacy policies  —  Computerworld - Right out of the gates, Facebook is staying mum about what went on during its all-hands-on-deck company privacy meeting late on Thursday.
VentureBeat:
Acer to launch Chrome OS devices in two weeks (exclusive)  —  It's been some time since we received any new details on Chrome OS, Google's web-focused operating system for netbooks.  But that's about to change in a couple weeks.  We've learned from multiple sources that the Taiwanese computer …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Coming Along Quickly, But Not Ready Just Yet  —  A report today on VentureBeat says that Acer will unveil the first Chrome OS devices in two weeks.  While that certainly could happen, don't expect the OS to be finished, and don't expect those devices to launch anytime soon.
Discussion: Go Rumors
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google executives reflect on year at annual meeting  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google executives faced little hostility at the company's annual stockholder meeting Thursday, other than a familiar complaint: it's hard to call people at Google.  —  Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt presided …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
OMG: Google Agreed To A $700 Million Kill Fee For AdMob???
Agence France Presse:
65,000 Android phones shipping every day: Google
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Absolute Power vs. the Pirate Flag  —  Today Adobe ran a full-page ad in various newspapers articulating key company beliefs, and company founders John Warnock & Chuck Geschke—whose PostScript innovations were instrumental in the adoption of the Macintosh & desktop publishing—posted their thoughts on open markets & open competition:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Adobe, You Brought An Advertisement To A Gun Fight
Discussion: Fortune and Post Tech, Thanks:mlntp
Adobe:
Our thoughts on open markets
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Adobe targets Apple in ad campaign launched today, publishes open …
Eugene Wei / Hulu Blog:
Pardon Our Dust  —  Today we're releasing several exciting updates to Hulu, most notably a new version of the Hulu video player.  We've posted an overview of the new player, complete with an introductory video, here.  And you can experience the changes for yourself throughout the site.
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Lev Popov / Facebook Blog:
Staying in Control of Your Facebook Logins  —  At Facebook, we're constantly working on new ways to protect you from scams and help you keep your account and information secure.  Today, we're announcing some new tools and systems designed to keep the bad guys out and keep you abreast …
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook IDs hacker who tried to sell 1.5M accounts
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael VanDeMar / Smackdown!:
Hosting With GoDaddy?  Might Want To Rethink That Decision.  —  One of the services I offer people is cleaning their Wordpress installations of hacks and infections, mostly for those who might not have the time or technical expertise to follow my hacked Wordpress cleaning guide.
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
Two weeks of travel, Ten iPad lessons  —  A while back, I tried traveling on business with nothing but the help of three smart phones.  I quickly ran into the headroom of those devices and, by the time I was home, I had a huge list of tasks I needed to deal with that could only be done on a computer.
Discussion: ZDNet
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals a Powerful Location-Based Service for the iPhone  —  Within the sixteen patent applications that were published by the US Patent & Trademark Office for Apple Inc today, a single gem emerged.  It's a very powerful new concept for a location based application service …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let's Try This Again: How Much Web Video Is Really iPad-Ready?  —  Steve Jobs says there's no reason to cling to Flash video on the Web, because most Web video also works on the H.264/HTML5 standard he's supporting.  —  But Adobe (ADBE) says the majority of the Web's video uses its Flash standard.
Discussion: Fortune, Mashable! and MacDailyNews
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Much Web Video Is iPad-Ready? About Two-Thirds. Really.
Discussion: MeFeedia Blog
comScore, Inc.:
Americans Received 1 Trillion Display Ads in Q1 2010 as Online Advertising Market Rebounds from 2009 Recession  —  Facebook Was Top Display Ad Publisher in Q1, AT&T Ranked as Top Advertiser  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview …
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo's massive new headquarters plan approved  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Yahoo Inc. won approval Tuesday night from local officials to build a massive, 3 million-square-foot office campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, an ambitious project envisioned in the midst of the company's ongoing turnaround effort.
 
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Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Considers Developing a Tablet Computer to Compete With Apple's IPad
Chris Pirillo:
Twitter Expanding Short URLs - Accessible via Search
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Microsoft, Yahoo Start Sorting Through Paid Search Ad Problems
Discussion: ZDNet and WebProNews
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
FCC's Genachowski: We're At The ‘Pre-Beginning’ With Third Way
Discussion: Company Town, GigaOM and MediaPost
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Which Celebrities Did People Force to Follow Them the Day Twitter Exploded?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
You're Welcome, You Bastards  —  A week ago we posted two excerpts …
Discussion: Medialoper, Thanks:mayank25may
Ubergizmo:
10 Million CDMA iPhones Already On Order?
Discussion: DigiTimes and GottaBeMobile
 Earlier Items: 
John Gruber / Macworld:
This is how Apple rolls  —  Like other products, the iPad will start small, but grow large
Chris Burritt / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart May Sell IPad This Year in Electronics Push
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4? (update: it's a fake)
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive BlackBerry tablet information