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1:20 AM ET, May 22, 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
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.
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 and WebProNews
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 …
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 and 9 to 5 Mac, 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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Online Travel Guide Ruba  —  According to this blog post, Google has acquired online travel guide and community Ruba.  Ruba is a visual travel guide and tour review site that provides travelers with visual guides written by other travelers.  The blog post is embedded below.
Discussion: paidContent
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Pac-Man: The FAQ + Kill Screen Winners  —  Judging from the tweets I've seen, people are loving Google's version of Pac-Man that's playable on the Google home page today and tomorrow.  They also have questions about it.  Has anyone reached the end?  Will you be able to play it in the future?
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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?
Discussion: Digits, DailyTech and Switched
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“F— those motherf—ers”: YouTube/Viacom suit gets nasty  —  The sad thing about today's new YouTube/Viacom document dump?  That the e-mails cited in it were written by adults.  —  Neither side comes out looking terrific—which was also true the first time the two sides aired their dirty laundry in public.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, VentureBeat and MediaMemo
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.
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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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
MySpace Invites Developers to Work in Its Offices With Games Lab Program  —  As part of its drive to make social games a central part of its network, MySpace is launching a new program called Games Lab today, in which it will invite game developers to work in its Seattle and Los Angeles offices …
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Pennsylvania AG Dropping Twitter Subpoena
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google stops deleting Street View WiFi data
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Images To Real-Time Results
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
Mike Fourcher / Vouchification:
Patch.com Revenue Model Makes No Sense
Discussion: Lost Remote
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
E-Books Rewrite Bookselling
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
J Allard leaving Microsoft over Courier axing?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Wins Ground in Fight Over Flash
John Carroll / ZDNet:
How Microsoft loses the TV space
Laura June / Engadget:
Thoughts on Foxconn
Will M / All Facebook:
Android Gets Facebook Graph API Before the iPhone
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Unveil “Project Nike” …