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4:15 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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FTC approves Google's AdMob buy, cites Apple's iAd competition  —  Google's attempt to swoop in and buy AdMob out from under Apple was looking like a Pyrrhic victory for a second there, as Federal Trade Commission approval of the deal hung in the balance based on concerns that El Goog …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
It Is PATHETIC That The FTC Took 6 Months To Approve Google-AdMob Deal (GOOG, AAPL)
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:   Google's $750 Million AdMob Purchase Approved by U.S. Antitrust Regulator
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mathewi
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, MySpace Face Privacy Loophole  —  Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Busted: Facebook Gave Advertisers Names And Ages Of People Who Clicked Ads
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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 …
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 …
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: CNN, Daring Fireball and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Tom S. Noda / PC World:
Study: 60 Percent of Facebook Users Mulling to Quit  —  Due to prevailing privacy concerns, several Facebook members are thinking to quit the popular social networking site — at least 60% of them — according to a latest survey conducted by IT security firm, Sophos.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and MediaPost Raw
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
60% of Facebook Users Consider Quitting Over Privacy? We Think Not
Discussion: PC World, Computerworld and PC Magazine, Thanks:rwwmike
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Court: RapidShare Not Guilty of Copyright Infringement  —  Last year, adult media company Perfect 10 filed a lawsuit against the leading file-hosting service, RapidShare.  Among other claims, Perfect 10's lawsuit stated that RapidShare was guilty of infringing the copyrights of many of its images.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
U.S. Court: Isohunt has to Shut Down
Discussion: Financial Post and Barry Sookman
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.
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.
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.
Seesmic Blog:
Introducing Seesmic for iPhone  —  Seesmic for iPhone brings an efficient perspective to social networking on a mobile platform.  An application which enables Twitter, Facebook and Ping.fm - letting you update dozens of social networks at once (including MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr …
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.
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 …
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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Dieter Bohn / Android Central:
Most 2010 HTC Android phones will get Froyo ...in 2010
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) …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Gundotra Goes After Apple: The Video  —  At Thursday's Google I/O keynote, VP of engineering Vic Gundotra repeatedly ripped into Apple, and he did it right off the bat.  The video above, which just came out, shows the first ten minutes of his keynote where he discusses why the world needs Android.
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.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Mike Fourcher / Vouchification:
Patch.com Revenue Model Makes No Sense
Discussion: Lost Remote
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
E-Books Rewrite Bookselling
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
J Allard leaving Microsoft over Courier axing?
John Carroll / ZDNet:
How Microsoft loses the TV space
Discussion: PC World
Laura June / Engadget:
Thoughts on Foxconn
Discussion: Xinhua News Agency
Vivek Kundra / The White House Blog:
Data.gov: Pretty Advanced for a One-Year-Old
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 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com's Benioff likens Microsoft to patent ‘alley thug’
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse2
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
The iPad makes inroads among members of Congress
Discussion: CrunchGear
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Unanswered Questions About Google TV
TUAW:
Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app
Discussion: The Greenroom and AppScout
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Knows Who You'll Hook Up With
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's “Royalty-Free” WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free For Long