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11:00 AM ET, May 21, 2010


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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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Unbelievable: WSJ Calls Facebook's Referring URLs a Privacy Violation (UPDATED)
Discussion: broadstuff and /Message
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Google evangelist Vic Gundotra is the company's new star
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 - letting you update dozens of social networks at once (including MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Does Seesmic For iPhone Stack Up Against TweetDeck And Twitter For iPhone?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Unveil “Project Nike” Partnership Deal With Nokia at Monday Event  —  Today, Yahoo sent out a invite for a press conference in New York on Monday with mysterioso tone:  —  It read, vaguely:  —  “Please join Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement …
Dieter Bohn / Android Central:
Most 2010 HTC Android phones will get Froyo 2010  —  Like many of you, we are already wondering if and when our favorite Android phones will get the Froyo Android 2.2 upgrade.  By “favorite Android phones” we naturally mean the hotness made by HTC.  So, we asked and here's the deal …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Unanswered Questions About Google TV  —  Murphy was in the room when Google unveiled its Google TV platform at its I/O developer conference today.  The demo was plagued with numerous problems, with remote controls losing sync and questionable content showing up on the TV feeds used …
Salahuddin Choudhary / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google TV: TV meets web.  Web meets TV.  —  If there's one entertainment device that people know and love, it's the television.  In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*.
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's “Royalty-Free” WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free For Long  —  The announcement of Google's new WebM video format and release of the VP8 video codec as an open standard have been hailed by some as the move that will free the Web from the proprietary H.264 codec widely used …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Carriers Will Be Able To Decide Which Android Phones Have Tethering (And They Can Charge For It)  —  Today during its keynote at I/O, Google officially announced that the latest version of Android, called Froyo, will feature tethering and wireless hotspot functionality — a big win for Android users.
JR Raphael / PC World:
Google Android 2.2: Questions and Answers
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Knows Who You'll Hook Up With  —  Facebook's CEO came up with a way of predicting who a given user would be dating one week in the future, according to a new book about the social network.  And he did it for fun.  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg found it entertaining to dive into user data …
Discussion: AppScout
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Android for iPhone 3G, Now Available for Download  —  Android port for iPhone 3G is now finally available for download.  You can do pretty much everything that you would expect a normal Android phone to do but it is still not recommended for day-to-day regular use.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
The iPad makes inroads among members of Congress  —  Attorney General Eric Holder may have been the star witness at last week's House Judiciary Committee hearing — but Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's iPad was the VIP.  —  Like jealous siblings on Christmas morning, lawmakers peered over Chaffetz's shoulder …
Discussion: GigaOM
Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app  —  In what is sure to raise a ruckus, comedian / filmmaker / app developer Emery Emery recorded a phone call with an Apple App Store rep when his iSlam Muhammad app was pulled from the App Store after one day.  The highly entertaining conversation …
Discussion: The Greenroom and App Advice
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Stanford University prepares for an amazing “bookless library”  —  One chapter is closing — and another is opening — as Stanford University moves toward the creation of its first “bookless library.”  —  Box by box, decades of past scholarship are being packed up and emptied from two old libraries …
Discussion: ZDNet
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: Computerworld
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
Seagate planning to launch new hybrid SSD/hard drive in Asus ROG G73Jh gaming laptop?  —  While being pricier per gigabyte of storage than hard drives, solid state drives are increasing in popularity thanks to superior performance, including the ability to boot your OS significantly faster.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Ballmer admits Windows Vista “was just not executed well”  —  Critics for years have lambasted Vista, and now Steve Ballmer has finally admitted that Microsoft made key mistakes in its development of the operating system.  At a keynote speech yesterday at Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
Agence France Presse:
Dalai Lama to tweet with Chinese web users  —  BEIJING (AFP) - The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, will hold his first online chat with Chinese web users via Twitter on Friday, despite efforts by Beijing to silence him on the mainland.  —  The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Mozilla muses over open apps store but needs sharper focus  —  Bloom and bust  —  Mozilla has begun circling its shaky, new age wagons around a web app store model that won't short change developers.  —  The open source browser maker said in a blog post yesterday that “core” …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Appeals Court Halts ‘Hot News’ Publishing Order  —  A federal appeals court on Thursday lifted a lower court's order that a well-known financial news aggregator delay publication of prominent financial analysts' buy and sell recommendations — stock picks that allowed the well-to-do the first crack …
Discussion: Reuters, Techdirt and Dow Jones Newswires, Thanks:paulcarr
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft touts Hotmail security adds; users complain of account hacks  —  Hotmail will also include a new feature tagged “Trusted Sender,” which visually identifies legitimate mail from about 100 senders, mostly financial institutions like banks, that are commonly spoofed by identity thieves.
Discussion: ZDNet and Lockergnome Blog Network
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