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7:55 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
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: Neowin.net
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Shakeup at Wikipedia in Wake of Porn Purge  —  A shakeup is underway at the top levels of Wikipedia, FoxNews.com has learned, as administrators try to deal with the growing controversy surrounding pornographic images that appear on the online encyclopedia and its associated websites.
Discussion: CNET News, Geekosystem and Gizmodo
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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