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2:20 PM ET, May 26, 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Making Control Simple  —  When we started Facebook, we built it around a few simple ideas.  People want to share and stay connected with their friends and the people around them.  When you have control over what you share, you want to share more.  When you share more, the world becomes more open and connected.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and VentureBeat
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Facebook Rolls Out New Privacy Options  —  Facebook is hosting a press conference today at 1:30 about “making privacy simpler.”  —  We're covering it live.  —  Today's change comes after weeks of pressure from hordes of media and privacy watchdog organizations.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Scrutinize Apple's Online Music Tactics  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department is examining Apple's tactics in the market for digital music, and its staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies, according to several people briefed on the conversations.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Blame Apple for Its Music Monopoly. Blame the Big Labels.
Discussion: PC World and The Register
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T confirms to employees new iPhone launching in June  —  Title says it all, but you didn't really need a confirmation, did you?  The phone will be available for purchase in June, not July, and from what we've heard, it won't even be late June.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Piper: Apple has ‘little room for surprise’ at WWDC 2010  —  Two lost prototype iPhones, presumed to represent the fourth-generation handset that will be be announced by Steve Jobs at the Worldwide Developers Conference, have taken away the element of surprise for Apple, one prominent analyst believes.
Mfyall / AdMob Metrics:
April 2010 Mobile Metrics Report  —  The iPhone and Android ecosystems are growing rapidly, with Gartner estimating the two platforms combined to sell 25% of smartphones worldwide in Q1.  At their developer conference last week, Google stated they are activating 100,000 Android devices a day.
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
AdMob: iPhone OS devices leads Android OS products in US with ratio of 2 to 1
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga Continues To Expand Beyond Facebook, Forges Major Partnership With Yahoo  —  If you thought Zynga's recent peace treaty with Facebook meant the end of its efforts to expand its reach beyond the social network, think again.  Today, Zynga has announced that it has forged a deal with Yahoo …
Bruce Nussbaum / The Conversation:
Facebook's Culture Problem May Be Fatal  —  Facebook's imbroglio over privacy reveals what may be a fatal business model.  I know because my students at Parsons The New School For Design tell me so.  They live on Facebook and they are furious at it.  This was the technology platform they were born into …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's Flash-Free App Lands on the iPad, After All  —  That Wired magazine app Condé Nast and Adobe have been trying so hard to get into Apple's App Store?  It costs five bucks and is available at iTunes now.  —  I had a brief chance to play with the app yesterday …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nexus One starting to show up in third party retail channels, commands big money  —  If you want to know what Google meant by “more retail availability” for the Nexus One when it talked about spiking its first-party phone store, take a good, hard look at our brave new world here.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook acquires DEMO startup ShareGrove  —  Facebook has acquired ShareGrove, a small startup focused on creating private spaces for close friends and family to share content.  —  The San Mateo, Calif.-based company, which debuted at the DEMO conference last fall, offered a private real …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
First human ‘infected with computer virus’  —  A British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus.  —  Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
30 percent of netbook shoppers bought an iPad instead, survey says  —  Nearly one in three buyers who had been considering a netbook waited for, and then bought, an Apple iPad tablet instead, according to a survey of more than a thousand US consumers spread across gender, age, income and location demographics.
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NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Amazon Ties Walmart as Second-Ranked U.S. Music Retailer, Behind Industry-Leader iTunes  —  Digital music continued to gain on CDs in the first quarter, as iTunes increased its lead in overall U.S. music sales
Discussion: Fortune, Ars Technica and TheAppleBlog
Daimaou / Akihabara News:
Sony Develops a “Rollable” OTFT-driven OLED Display that can wrap around a Pencil  —  Sony Corporation ('Sony') announced today that it developed a super-flexible 80 μm-thick 4.1-in 121 ppi OTFT*1-driven full color OLED display which can be wrapped around a thin cylinder.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Losing Early Adopters to Chrome - Will Mainstream Users Follow?  —  Google Chrome has had a big impact on the browser market since its release in September 2008.  The latest report from NetMarketShare puts Chrome at 6.73% market share, ahead of Safari on 4.72% and behind only IE (59.95%) and Firefox (24.59%).
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Download Record Shattered By Lost Series Finale  —  Last year, Lost achieved the questionable honor of being the second most-pirated TV-show on BitTorrent.  With more than 6 million downloads for a single episode, Lost was only trailing Heroes by a few thousand downloads.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments on Pace to Grow 22 Percent in 2010  —  Worldwide PC shipments are projected to total 376.6 million units in 2010, a 22 percent increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by Gartner, Inc. Worldwide PC spendingis forecast …
Discussion: Tech Eye, The Register and ZDNet
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
UPDATED: Apple, Dell issue statements on iPhone factory suicides  —  Apple has issued a public statement on the spate of tragic worker suicides at the Chinese manufacturing plant of its iPod/iPhone production partner, Foxconn.  —  Company spokesman, Steve Dowling, told Bloomberg …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Yahoo Adds More Facebook Features to Email  —  For more than a year, Yahoo has been adding social features to make its email platform look more like Facebook; now, it's rolling out a change that just brings part of Facebook itself to Yahoo mail.  —  The move is another step in Yahoo's attempt …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
MasterCard Wants Programmers to Use Its Payment Technology  —  There has been a lot of talk about digital forms of payment replacing cash and even credit cards.  But MasterCard intends to stay in the middle of the technological innovation.  —  On Tuesday, MasterCard announced …
 
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
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