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8:50 PM ET, May 16, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP bought Palm after a five-company bidding war  —  Palm and HP seem like the happiest of corporate couples right now, but theirs was a heated courtship: according to Palm's latest statement to shareholders, a total of 16 companies were contacted about a deal, and HP was the winner …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Electronista
John Harlow / Times of London:
Movie depicts seamy life of Facebook boss  —  The 26-year-old billionaire, who is already under fire for his website's abuse of privacy, now faces ridicule  —  JUST as he hoped to clean up his image, Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook, is to be portrayed in a Hollywood film as a ruthless and untrustworthy sex maniac.
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News:
Wikimedia's Wales gives up some top-level controls  —  Change is afoot in the Wikipedia community, according to a report from Fox News, but the reality may be less drastic than has been reported.  —  The news agency is reporting that Wikimedia Foundation co-founder Jimmy Wales is relinquishing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechSpot
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Wikipedia founder gives up control of site over Fox News kiddie-porn scandal  —  Fox News reports that Jimmy Wales, co-founder and chairman of the foundation that runs do-it-yourself encyclopedia Wikipedia, has given up his administrative privileges on the site in response to a Wikipedia community backlash …
Discussion: Geekosystem, Fox News and Neowin.net
danah boyd / apophenia:
Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated  —  From day one, Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook to become a social utility.  He succeeded.  Facebook is now a utility for many.  The problem with utilities is that they get regulated.  —  Yesterday, I ranted about Facebook and “radical transparency.”
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Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
Facebook Isn't a “Utility” & You Certainly Shouldn't Want it to Be Regulated As Such  —  I have a lot of respect for danah boyd and have had the pleasure to interact with her when we both served on the Harvard online child safety task force, and at other times.  She's a very gifted social media researcher.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Invades Europe With Acquisition Of Citydeal  —  Daily deal service Groupon, hot off a new funding that valued the company at $1.35 billion, may not love all those clones of its service out there.  But they're certainly being realistic about things - tomorrow they'll announce …
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
What has triggered the suicide cluster at Foxconn?  —  There was another death at Foxconn yesterday.  A 21-year-old man with “several” knife cuts fell out of the seventh-floor window of one of Foxconn's dormitories in Shenzhen.  —  Foxconn is the Taiwanese company, also known as Honhai …
Discussion: XINHUANEWS and Gizmodo
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Wild Fox: Firefox Fork with H.264 Support  —  Mozilla, sticking to its ideals of the open web, decided long ago that support for the patent-encumbered H264 codec would not be included in any of its products.  Not only is H264 wholly incompatible with the open web and Free software, it is also incredibly expensive.
Discussion: Download Squad
Alex Ahlund / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Sales, Exposed  —  This guest post was written by Alex Ahlund, the former CEO of AppVee and AndroidApps, which was recently acquired by mobile app directory Appolicious.  He is currently an advisor to Appolicious.  —  One of the most commonly asked questions we get from both developers …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Car Hackers Can Kill Brakes, Engine, and More  —  University researchers have taken a close look at the computer systems used to run today's cars and discovered new ways to hack into them, sometimes with frightening results.  —  In a paper set to be presented at a security conference in Oakland …
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
New ‘OpenID Connect’ Proposal Could Solve Many of the Social Web's Woes  —  David Recordon, one of the key architects of OpenID and other identity technologies that have emerged over the past five years, has envisioned a new direction for OpenID.  —  His proposal, which was drafted with input …
 
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Gives Ann Taylor A Pass In First ‘Blog Disclosure’ Investigation
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Android 2.2, Google TV Expected at Google I/O This Week
Discussion: Geekword
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Time Warner Cable tries to put brakes on massive piracy case
Discussion: Maximum PC
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Facebook's Offers Experiment Continues to Expand
Anne-Marie Corley / IEEE Spectrum:
Optical Transistor Is a Step Toward the Quantum Internet
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweets In Buzz: It's Complicated — Well, Maybe Political
Discussion: TechTicker
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Offers World ‘Freedom From Porn’