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6:45 PM ET, May 21, 2010

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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Closes its Investigation of Google AdMob Deal  —  After Thorough Review, Agency Finds Transaction Not Likely to Harm Competition  —  The Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation of Google's proposed acquisition of mobile advertising network company AdMob after thoroughly reviewing …
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Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Working with AdMob to move mobile advertising forward  —  Today, the Federal Trade Commission cleared our acquisition of AdMob, a mobile advertising start up.  We're excited to work with Omar Hamoui and his talented team at AdMob to develop new mobile advertising solutions for marketers, mobile app developers and mobile publishers.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
It Is PATHETIC That The FTC Took 6 Months To Approve Google-AdMob Deal (GOOG, AAPL)
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Evan Roseman / The Official Google Blog:
Search more securely with encrypted Google web search  —  As people spend more time on the Internet, they want greater control over who has access to their online communications.  Many Internet services use what are known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connections to encrypt information …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Begins Locking Down Search With SSL Encryption
AT&T:
An Open Letter to our Valued Customers  —  At AT&T, we work hard every day to provide you with a great wireless experience at competitive prices.  —  One of the ways we do this is to offer you the industry's leading wireless handsets below their full retail price when you sign a two-year service agreement.
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Victor Godinez / The Dallas Morning News Tech Blog:
AT&T raising early termination fee on smart phones to $325 from $175, effective June 1 [UPDATED]  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting (and I've left a message with AT&T seeking confirmation and comment) that Dallas-based AT&T is dramatically hiking its early termination fee on smart phones to $325, from the current $175.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AT&T Hikes Smartphone Early Termination Fees, Claims It Has Nothing …
Discussion: iLounge, Boing Boing and MobileBurn.com
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek Blogs:
Sayonara, iPhone: Why I'm Switching to Android  —  I was already fed up with my lousy AT&T service, and was seriously considering switching to the HTC Incredible, an Android-powered phone that runs on the Verizon network.  But then, after seeing Google's new mobile-phone software, I've made up my mind.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, CNN and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
Google, Apple, and RIM: Win, Place, and Show in the Smartphone Horse Race
Discussion: Velocity and internetnews.com
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Digital Download Is Dead  —  How Google's music-streaming venture will change the gadget and entertainment worlds forever.  While the iPod has come to symbolize the digital music age, it's iTunes that's allowed Apple to control the musical marketplace. iTunes has a nice interface …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
For Facebook, the Privacy Snowball Just Keeps on Rolling  —  Call it the “snowball effect,” or maybe the “witch-hunt” effect.  At some point, when a company is under fire for something, even the smallest piece of evidence that it might be guilty of that thing can get blown out of proportion.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Officially Ends ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign, Revamps 'Why You'll Love a Mac' Feature  —  Last month, actor Justin Long revealed that Apple's long-running “Get a Mac” ad campaign, in which he appeared as the “Mac” character, appeared to have been discontinued.  The last set of “Get a Mac” commercials had been released in October 2009.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Unveil “Project Nike” Partnership Deal With Nokia at Monday Event  —  Today, Yahoo sent out an invite for a press conference in New York on Monday with a mysterioso tone:  —  It read, vaguely:  —  “Please join Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Closes New $8.25 Million Fund, Sequoia Is Lead Investor  —  Startup incubator Y Combinator has just closed $8.25 million new fund led by Sequoia Capital with Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Aydin Senkut, XG Ventures, and Geoff Ralston participating.  —  The new fund is four times larger than $2 million fund raised last year.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   2 Months Out, 74% of Latest Y Combinator Class Funded or Profitable
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: PaidContent Founder Ali to Depart Pioneering Digital News Site  —  PaidContent's Rafat Ali, who turned a one-man Web site into a must-read hub for digital media news, is leaving the company he founded eight years ago.  —  Sources said Ali has told co-workers he will leave the company …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:   On To Life 2.0  —  In the end, all things do come to an end.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
U.S. Court: Isohunt has to Shut Down  —  Judge Stephen Wilson of the US District Court of California, Southern District issued a permanent injunction against the popular torrent site Isohunt yesterday, forcing the site and its owner Garry Fung to immediately prevent access to virtually all Hollywood movies.
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Will M / All Facebook:
Android Gets Facebook Graph API Before the iPhone  —  Facebook announced new mobile social networking functionality for the Android platform this week.  At Google I/O, Google's developer conference, executives routinely made fun of Steve Jobs and Apple, but Facebook's role in the drama was overlooked by the press.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
List of Android phones getting 2.2 upgrade comes out gradually  —  HTC has several phones set for Froyo upgrade this year  —  Computerworld - Android phones that likely will get the faster-performing Android 2.2 upgrade include the Motorola Droid, Google's Nexus One and several phones from HTC, including the Droid Incredible.
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PC World:
Sony Ericsson Mum on Froyo Upgrade Plans
Discussion: mocoNews
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Wins Ground in Fight Over Flash  —  The punches that Apple Inc. is throwing in its fight against Adobe Systems Inc. are beginning to land, prompting some companies to shift away from Adobe's video and animation technology and forcing Web designers to work with competing standards.
Randy Nelson / Joystiq:
Google celebrates Pac-Man's 30th anniversary with playable logo  —  A playable ... logo?  That's exactly what web giant Google has today, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man's Japanese release.  The doodle (Google's term for its event and holiday-specific logos) …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPad Sold Out at Many Apple Stores  —  Did Apple underestimate the iPad's early popularity?  It certainly seems that way.  Amid reports that the device is now outselling the Mac, comes news that iPad supplies are increasingly constrained as Apple (AAPL) prepares for its international launch.
DigiTimes:
HP Taiwan confirms plans for WebOS-based mobile devices  —  HP will adopt the WebOS platform in smartphones and tablets, according to Monty Wong, vice president of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, adding that since netbooks are more similar in functions with traditional computers …
 
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Thanks:atul
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 Earlier Items: 
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
J Allard leaving Microsoft over Courier axing?
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Carroll / ZDNet:
How Microsoft loses the TV space
Discussion: PC World
Laura June / Engadget:
Thoughts on Foxconn
Vivek Kundra / The White House Blog:
Data.gov: Pretty Advanced for a One-Year-Old
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com's Benioff likens Microsoft to patent ‘alley thug’
Discussion: CNET News, Pulse2 and MediaPost Raw