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9:40 AM ET, October 18, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook in Privacy Breach  —  Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs, a Journal Investigation Finds  —  Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the F8 developer conference this spring.  —  Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc …
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Facebook Developer Blog:
Using Facebook UIDs  —  We take user privacy seriously.  We are dedicated to protecting private user data while letting users enjoy rich experiences with their friends.  This more social Web will only occur if users trust that they are in control of their information.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Faces Suit Over Earlier Breach  —  A lawsuit moving through a California court alleges Facebook Inc. violated federal and California law and breached a contract with users when it sent data to advertisers that could identify users without their knowledge.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeremy Lizt / Rapleaf:   Referrer URLs and Privacy Risks
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LOLApps Back On Facebook After UID Issues
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and BlogsDNA
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Determined to Crack the Social Code  —  Google has been stunningly adept at devising computer algorithms to help people search the Internet.  But when it comes to building features for social networking, the company has been much less effective.  —  And changing that is one of the company's biggest business challenges these days.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Europe's Trademark Office Confirms iPad's New Landscape Design  —  This week the European Trademarks and Designs Registration Office confirmed that one of Apple's new iPad designs is displaying an extra left side 30 pin connector to allow it to dock in landscape mode under application 001222905-0001.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint promises WiMAX in NYC on November 1, LA on December 1, and San Francisco a few weeks later  —  The fact that Sprint and Clearwire have teamed up to deliver WiMAX to New York, LA, and San Francisco isn't news.  In fact, we've already seen the networks light up in operational readiness modes …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Facebook Money Machine  —  An update to this column: According to the Wall Street Journal, any of Facebook's most popular applications have been transmitting identifying information — in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names — to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.
Dan Tynan / PC World:
Facebook + Bing: The Good, the Bad, the Incontinent  —  Analysis: Do you really want to rely on the wisdom of your crowd by linking your searches with your Facebook friends?  —  And so it begins in earnest.  The Web has become the Social Web, and these days “social” translates almost literally into Facebook.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Offer Media Links  —  Yahoo Inc. plans to mimic a strategy used by rival Facebook Inc. to help drive traffic to its site, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The Sunnyvale, Calif., company soon will roll out a feature called Y Connect to allow media publishers …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Microsoft, and the curious case of the iPad  —  “That tablet thing?  Yeah, we'll get back to you on that.”  That's a crude but fairly accurate encapsulation of the attitude Microsoft, Intel, and Advanced Micro Devices have toward the iPad and the tablet market in general.  —  Why the cavalier attitude?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
What If Google Stored All Our Medical Records?  —  Regard the horrified looks on the faces of the attendees at a California Council on Science and Technology meeting in Irvine six or seven years ago.  I'm the only member from the Dark Side, from the venture capital milieu, inside an institution …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
A Grisly Murder Trial, in 140-Character Bits  —  NEW HAVEN — Dr. William A. Petit Jr., whose wife and daughters were killed by two intruders in Cheshire, Conn., took the witness stand.  It was one of the most expectantly intense moments of the three-week trial of one of two defendants in the case.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
A Renewed Mark Zuckerberg  —  If you've seen Mark Zuckerberg speak at some point over the past few weeks, you've probably noticed something different about him.  It's not that he's just more charismatic, but for the first time it appears as though he feels comfortable in his own body while speaking on stage.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Groupon Is No Ebay  —  Chicago-based Groupon is certainly one heck of a startup.  Like Zynga it sort of came out of nowhere in 2009.  Even last December I was sort of only vaguely aware of how fast it was growing.  —  But it was clear by early 2010 to the whole world that Groupon was on a tear.
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Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Will Yahoo Buy Groupon?
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Torrent Sites Go Down After Attack on Hosting Provider
Discussion: The Register and Fudzilla
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Scientists work to improve Internet capacity