Matt Hershenson

Today in Tech: Facebook's anti-Google smear campaign

May 12, 2011: 10:23 AM ET

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* This one's a whopper... The Daily Beast discovered that Facebook hired public relations firm Burson-Marsteller to pitch anti-Google stories to publications. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed as much to the Web site last night, citing concerns with Google's social networking activities that raise privacy concerns and issues with Google's use of Facebook data for its own social networking services. UPDATE: BetaNews has an interview with the controversial story's source, privacy advocate Christopher Soghoian. (The Daily Beast and BetaNews)

* Why Facebook needs COO Sheryl Sandberg. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

* Android creator Andy Rubin hired former Danger engineers and colleagues Matt Hershenson and Joe Britt, the folks behind the once-popular Sidekick smartphone, to work on in-house Android hardware. (Fortune) More

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