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5:10 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
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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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
Agence France Presse:
Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam.  —  “I'm always suspicious of these broad bans …
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Brett / The Official DreamHost Blog!:
Yeah...about that downtime...  You may or may not have noticed that yesterday, www.dreamhost.com was offline and unreachable for the better part of 6 hours.  We can't let something like that go without an explanation.  —  I should note that during this time no customer sites were affected …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Leslie Katz / CNET News:
Facebook page tied to Pakistan ban now down
Discussion: Associated Press, p2pnet and eWeek
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.
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
Google, Apple, and RIM: Win, Place, and Show in the Smartphone Horse Race
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: VentureBeat, Tnooz and paidContent
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: VentureBeat, MediaMemo and CNNMoney.com
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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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?
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Pennsylvania AG Dropping Twitter Subpoena  —  Pennsylvania prosecutors are dropping their grand jury subpoena to Twitter demanding the identity of two account holders who used the microblogging service to criticize Attorney General Tom Corbett, a spokesman said Friday.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Beast Or Buddha
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
J Allard leaving Microsoft over Courier axing?
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