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9:25 PM ET, May 21, 2010

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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
Discussion: PC World
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
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AT&T Hikes Smartphone Early Termination Fees, Claims It Has Nothing To Do With iPhone.  Right.  —  The Dow Jones Newswire reports that AT&T is nearly doubling the fees smartphone-toting customers will have to pay if they break their contracts early — bumping the fees from $175 to $325 beginning June 1.
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook confirms plans for ‘simple’ privacy settings  —  news analysis After one of the most tumultuous months in its young history, Facebook is planning to announce new features that are intended to offer its hundreds of millions of users simpler privacy choices.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
My Contrarian Stance on Facebook and Privacy  —  In a recent Inc Magazine live chat, I found myself, somewhat surprisingly even to me defending Facebook regarding their ongoing and evolving privacy policy.  Here's what I said:  —  The essence of my argument is that there's enormous advantage …
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.
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  —  A tidbit from the Google (GOOG) I/O developers' conference suggests that the balance of the mobile device world is about to flip yet again.  Sales of hardware running the Android operating system have ramped so fast …
Discussion: Velocity
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 …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Security Issues Could Force Facebook to Slow Down Product Development  —  A rash of security bugs seem to have hit Facebook within the last several weeks, while a lot of debate continues over changes the company has made to user privacy features.  So what's going on?
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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
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.
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
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 …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google stops deleting Street View WiFi data  —  Google halted the global deletion of collected private WiFi data on Friday following confusion over what it should do with the material.  —  The move came after several European governments asked the internet company to delete the data while others called for a halt.
Evan LaPointe / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Releases New, Faster Tracking Code  —  Last December, Google Analytics announced an alternative tracking setup by using a “parallel rail” to execute JavaScript, meaning analytics wouldn't slow down your site, and your site wouldn't hold up analytics.
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.
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
IBM distributes virus-laden USB keys at security conference  —  ASHER MOSES  —  IBM has been left with egg on its face after it distributed virus-laden USB keys to attendees at Australia's biggest computer security conference.  —  Delegates of the AusCERT conference …
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.
 
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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
MySpace Invites Developers to Work in Its Offices With Games Lab Program
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Images To Real-Time Results
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA to LimeWire judge: Stand firm on wording
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The ROI of iAds - Alot of Unanswered Questions
Thanks:atul
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
List of Android phones getting 2.2 upgrade comes out gradually
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jinni Is Building A Smart ‘Taste Engine’ For Google TV (Screenshots)
Mike Fourcher / Vouchification:
Patch.com Revenue Model Makes No Sense
Discussion: Lost Remote
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
E-Books Rewrite Bookselling
 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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: PaidContent Founder Ali to Depart Pioneering Digital News Site
Laura June / Engadget:
Thoughts on Foxconn
Will M / All Facebook:
Android Gets Facebook Graph API Before the iPhone
DigiTimes:
HP Taiwan confirms plans for WebOS-based mobile devices