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5:20 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.
Discussion: Lolapps Blog and VentureBeat
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LOLApps Back On Facebook After UID Issues  —  This weekend Facebook shut down some applications that were found by the WSJ to have been sharing Facebook User IDs to independent ad networks and internet tracking services such as RapLeaf.  —  According to the Journal, these UID transferal issues …
Discussion: Digits and VentureBeat
Jeremy Lizt / Rapleaf:
Referrer URLs and Privacy Risks  —  The Wall Street Journal's recent article in the “What They Know” series discussed the problem of Facebook IDs being passed to ad networks.  This is a serious potential privacy risk - and most Facebook applications are impacted by this issue.
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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent
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.
Discussion: Bronte Media
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Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Will Yahoo Buy Groupon?
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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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?
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
On Apple and Its (Enviable) Problems  —  Oh, to have Apple Inc.'s kind of problem.  While consumer confidence remains weak, the strength of Apple's quarterly results Monday will depend largely on how fast it has been able to meet demand for products such as iPhones and iPads.
 
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Scientists work to improve Internet capacity
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Little Brother is Watching
BBC:
What would you do with gigabit internet speeds?
Discussion: TechSpot