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12:40 PM ET, May 16, 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.
Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
Facebook Isn't a “Utility” & You Certainly Should 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.
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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.”
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ignore The Screams—Facebook's Aggressive Approach Is Why It Will …
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Facebook Apologists Miss The Point: Facebook Isn't The Future
Discussion: Mashable!
Fred / A VC:
Privacy and the Treacherous Middle Ground
Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweets In Buzz: It's Complicated — Well, Maybe Political  —  Yesterday, I moderated a panel at TiEcon featuring the heads of product for Google, Twitter, and Facebook — an interesting group, obviously.  It was a good, long discussion (hopefully I'll have the full video to post soon).
Discussion: TechTicker
Fred / A VC:
Draw Your Ideas  —  I saw Jack Dorsey give this talk at The 99% Conference last month.  It's a great talk.  I particularly like his first point, which is that you should draw out your ideas before you start coding them.  —  The video is only 16 minutes long and it is well worth the time.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Time Warner Cable tries to put brakes on massive piracy case  —  Time Warner Cable has no intention of complying with thousands of requests asking it to identify copyright infringers.  —  Remember the US Copyright Group?  They're the DC legal outfit that is turning P2P copyright infringement into cash …
Discussion: Maximum PC and Slyck
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:
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Gives Ann Taylor A Pass In First ‘Blog Disclosure’ Investigation  —  We expressed some serious concerns with the somewhat ambiguous FTC disclosure rules directed at blogs and new media that went into effect last year, and we've been waiting to see how the FTC enforces those rules.
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Facebook's Offers Experiment Continues to Expand  —  Offers are becoming more broadly available as part of Facebook's Credits virtual currency expansion, after having first launched as a stand-alone integration within games like CrowdStar's Happy Island last month.
Anne-Marie Corley / IEEE Spectrum:
Optical Transistor Is a Step Toward the Quantum Internet  —  Scientists demonstrate a technique to make quantum information sharing possible  —  Laser Maze: Max Planck researcher Martin Muecke oversees the optics setup for electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) laser elements.
Discussion: PC World
 
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Android 2.2, Google TV Expected at Google I/O This Week
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Personal cellphone data end up for sale at Mexico flea market
Discussion: IntoMobile
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Enemy Within  —  When the Conficker computer “worm” …
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Thinks The Government Would Work Better If It Was Run By Apple
Discussion: lalawag and Bob Caswell, Thanks:bobcaswell
Mike Dano / FierceMobileContent:
Grading the top 10 U.S. carriers in the first quarter of 2010
Discussion: Know Your Cell