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11:35 AM 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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Admits to Inadvertent Data-Collecting  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Friday that for more than three years it had inadvertently collected snippets of private information that people send over unencrypted wireless networks.  —  The admission, made in an official blog post by Alan Eustace …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Street View Cars Collected WiFi User Data for 3 Years
Discussion: Softpedia News and PC World
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?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Vietnam, the new source of Apple leaks, reveals next MacBook  —  Here's another big leak coming out of Vietnam.  If not a fake, it looks like the $999 MacBooks are going to recieve a silent update in the coming days/weeks/months that will bring them largely inline (still only 2GB of RAM) with the current base model 13" MacBook Pros.
Discussion: MacStories
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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CNET News:
Apple spurred police in iPhone probe
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
iPhone-Gizmodo warrant: Sloppy police work is the better story
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
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
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T to cover about 250M people with HSPA+ by year's end  —  AT&T has changed its story on its 3.5G / 3.75G strategy prior to rolling out LTE seemingly countless times in the past couple years, but the good news is that the latest policy shift is a decidedly positive one …
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 …
Discussion: Twittercism
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How secure is Flash?  Here's what Adobe won't tell you  —  Yesterday, I called Adobe's Flash “the new Vista” and asked the company to start talking seriously about how they're addressing problems with their products instead of pretending those problems don't exist.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and AppleInsider
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
What the mobile patent fight is all about
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
Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner:
Marc Andreessen, Serial Entrepreneur …
Reuters:
Hate dropped calls? Talk to AT&T's Stankey
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FYI, Pandora Makes Your Music Public
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google to offer encrypted search next week
Discussion: Threat Level and Maximum PC
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Danah Boyd / apophenia:
Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)
Discussion: 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
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Best Response To Adobe's Lame ‘We Love Apple’ Ads (AAPL, ADBE)