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6:15 PM ET, May 15, 2010

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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Offers World ‘Freedom From Porn’  —  I didn't plan to pick a fight with Steve Jobs last night.  It just sort of happened: An iPad advertisement ticked me off; I sent the Apple CEO an angry email; he told me about “freedom from porn.”  —  The electronic debate proceeded from there.
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 GeForce 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 …
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Facebook Apologists Miss The Point: Facebook Isn't The Future  —  As the Facebook ‘privacygate’ affair swells and swells, most recently fed by the leaking of Zuckerberg instant messages from years ago, various members of the tech commentariat are starting to come forward to defend Zuckerberg and suggest that the media have gone too far.
Discussion: apophenia and TechnoLlama
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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: All Facebook, GigaOM, PC World and MediaPost
Fred / A VC:
Privacy and the Treacherous Middle Ground  —  I've always thought that in the venture capital business you either want to be very early or very late but not in the middle.  I've also thought you either want to be a boutique with a few investors or an institution with many …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
10 juicy details from the iPhone affidavit  —  How the cops cracked the case of the missing fourth-generation prototype, step by step  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: San Mateo Superior Court  —  Here's what we know now that we didn't know before the court released a San Mateo detective's 10-page sworn statement of facts:
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
iPhone-Gizmodo warrant: Sloppy police work is the better story
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Thinks The Government Would Work Better If It Was Run By Apple  —  Bill Maher's public disillusion with President Barack Obama continued on last night's Real Time, where Maher expressed confusion at the fact that the President was now denouncing technology, a reference …
Discussion: Bob Caswell, Thanks:bobcaswell
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 private data on individuals since 2006 while compiling its StreetView photo archive.
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Mike Dano / FierceMobileContent:
Grading the top 10 U.S. carriers in the first quarter of 2010  —  The following charts the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2010 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics—such as churn, ARPU and revenue—of each carrier.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Phone Arena
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Enemy Within  —  When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cyber-security experts didn't know what to make of it.  It infiltrated millions of computers around the globe.  It constantly checks in with its unknown creators.
Discussion: Switched
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.
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
What the mobile patent fight is all about
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Screen Sharing Is A Huge (And Free) Productivity Tool
Clive Akass / Inquirer:
Asus netbook will have a takeaway phone
Discussion: Liliputing, Ubergizmo and Netbooked
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Adobe and Google Sitting in a Tree? Or Did Adobe Just Pwn Google?
Discussion: The Innovationist and TechCrunch, Thanks:jesse
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How secure is Flash? Here's what Adobe won't tell you
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Mastaff / ben's blog:
Why Startups Should Train Their People
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh-Oh, 0.00000068% Of Facebook Users Promise To Quit On May 31
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner:
Marc Andreessen, Serial Entrepreneur …
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
God help us all, here comes 4chan 2
Discussion: Pulse2, Gawker and VentureBeat
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Improves Trending Topic Algorithm: Bye Bye, Bieber!