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1:50 PM ET, May 15, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
WiFi data collection: An update  —  Nine days ago the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collect for use in location-based products like Google Maps for mobile, which enables people to find local restaurants or get directions.
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google's Data Collection Angers European Officials  —  BERLIN — European privacy regulators and advocates reacted angrily Saturday to the disclosure by Google, the world's largest search engine, that it had systematically collected personal data since 2006 while compiling its Street View photo archive.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Admits to Inadvertent Data-Collecting
Discussion: TNW Google, Gizmodo and BetaNews
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google to offer encrypted search next week
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Street View Cars Collected WiFi User Data for 3 Years
Discussion: Threat Level
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple MacBook refresh leaked in Vietnam (video)  —  We're not sure what's going on in Vietnam these days but it's suddenly a hot bed for industry leaks.  Perhaps it's due to manufacturers expanding from China to Vietnam's relatively cheap (but limited) labor pool?
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Arn / MacRumors:
Next 13-inch MacBook to be Bumped to 2.4GHz, NVIDIA 320M  —  Vietnamese site Tinhte has managed to get their hands on an unreleased MacBook.  This is the same site that published a video of the unreleased 4th generation iPhone.  —  The upcoming MacBook carries a 2.4GHz processor, NVIDIA 320M graphics card and an LED backlit display.
Discussion: Macsimum News and I4U News
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Improves Trending Topic Algorithm: Bye Bye, Bieber!  —  Twitter has updated the algorithm behind its popular Trending Topics feature, changing the focus from the most discussed items to what is “most breaking” and “immediately popular.”  —  Twitter confirmed to Mashable that on Wednesday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Screen Sharing Is A Huge (And Free) Productivity Tool  —  Over the years we've been pitched many thousands of times by startups.  Sometimes those pitches are in person.  Sometimes it's over the phone, which works if you have a live website to play with.
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
God help us all, here comes 4chan 2  —  The above image shows what the new 4chan likely will look like.  (Beta tester names blurred to protect them from other /b/-tards.)  —  When I write about imageboard Web site 4chan, I always worry that a reader unfamiliar with the site will check it out.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
4chan Founder ‘Moot’ Raises $625K For Stealth Startup Canvas Networks
Discussion: Pulse2 and Gawker
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Worries About Pirating U.S. Soldiers in Iraq  —  It is no secret that the MPAA is involved in an ongoing battle against copyright infringers in the United States.  Tens of thousands of copyright notices are sent out each year informing illegal file-sharers that they are breaking the law.
Discussion: UNREDACTED
Clive Akass / Inquirer:
Asus netbook will have a takeaway phone  —  TAIWANESE MANUFACTURER Asus is planning a netbook with a slot-in mobile phone that will double as a 3G communications module, according to a UK distributor.  —  The arrangement offers an easy way to use the same SIM card and data account for both a phone and a portable computer.
Discussion: Liliputing, Ubergizmo and Netbooked
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Adobe and Google Sitting in a Tree?  Or Did Adobe Just Pwn Google?  —  There's something really fishy going on with Adobe's “I ♥ Apple” Ad campaign.  You might have noticed it yesterday as you were browsing websites such as TechCrunch and Google Reader.
Discussion: The Innovationist and TechCrunch, Thanks:jesse
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Roommate's Tip Led Cops to iPhone Finder  —  Police closed in on the man who found and sold a prototype 4G iPhone after his roommate called an Apple security official and turned him in, according to a newly unsealed document in the ongoing police investigation.
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
iPhone-Gizmodo warrant: Sloppy police work is the better story
Discussion: Fortune, 9 to 5 Mac, The Register and CNN
CNET News:
Gizmodo e-mail to Jobs: ‘We have nothing to lose’
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ignore The Screams—Facebook's Aggressive Approach Is Why It Will Soon Become The Most Popular Site In The World  —  Facebook has endured another storm of PR hell in recent weeks, as mainstream media and the blogosphere pounds away at its “open disdain” for privacy.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg's dorm-room IMs haven't helped.
Discussion: GigaOM, MediaPost and AppScout
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
What the mobile patent fight is all about  —  Apple, others are at war over who owns the key technologies such multitouch in the burgeoning mobile market  —  The fierce battle for the smartphone market, in which more and more users are moving their Internet access and application usage …
 
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Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How secure is Flash? Here's what Adobe won't tell you
Discussion: Daring Fireball and AppleInsider
Mastaff / ben's blog:
Why Startups Should Train Their People
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh-Oh, 0.00000068% Of Facebook Users Promise To Quit On May 31
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FYI, Pandora Makes Your Music Public
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Danah Boyd / apophenia:
Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)
Discussion: Scobleizer, Howard Lindzon and /Message, Thanks:chrismessina
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Google hiring 300 workers to pinpoint bugs in Google Maps
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:toddbishop