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8:55 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity  —  Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services.  We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding …
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Sony Comes Clean: PlayStation Network Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data  —  Sony Comes Clean: PlayStation Network Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data A security breach in the Playstation Network by still unidentified hackers resulted in stolen personal information, Sony confirmed today.
Discussion: Geek.com
Mike Snider / USA Today:
PlayStation Network: Credit card data may have been stolen; outage to last up to another week
Discussion: PC World, BetaNews and msnbc.com
Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Smartphone Market: Who's the Most Wanted?  —  Things change quickly in the U.S. smartphone market.  —  According to The Nielsen Company's monthly surveys of U.S. mobile consumers from July-September 2010, consumers planning on getting a new smartphone had a very clear preference: A third (33%) wanted an Apple iPhone.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Android Passes iPhone as Most Desired Smartphone. Barely
Discussion: BGR, PC World, TUAW, MediaPost and 9 to 5 Mac
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's ‘iPhone 6’ to employ Sharp's next-gen p-Si LCDs in spring 2012  —  Apple has reportedly selected Sharp to create next-generation low-temperature poly-silicon LCD displays, which will allow a thinner and lighter design for the anticipated sixth-generation iPhone in 2012.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names  —  Kevin Rose has completed a hefty $1.5 million angel round for his new mobile development lab, Milk.  Rose went for the more-is-more approach, pulling in a wide-syndicate of Valley elites, including TechCrunch's Michael Arrington.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Why Fox, Paramount, Disney Are Holding Out on the YouTube Deal  —  A divide has opened among Hollywood's major studios over whether to join YouTube's initiative to rent movies on demand - which is holding up the launch of the service, TheWrap has learned.  —  Fox and Paramount have both confirmed …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 38% to $9.86 Billion; Introduced Kindle with Special Offers for $114  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2011.  —  Operating cash flow increased 9% to $3.03 billion …
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:   Amazon's New Ad-Supported Kindle Will Start Shipping Tomorrow
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Emily C White / Facebook Blog:
Deals: Better with Friends  —  A few months ago we launched Check-In Deals, to help you get special offers when you check in at local businesses from your mobile.  Today we're going a step further and testing a new feature to help you find fun experiences to share with your favorite people: Deals on Facebook.
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Dai Pham / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
Smartphone user study shows mobile movement under way  —  71% of smartphone users search because of an ad they've seen either online or offline; 82% of smartphone users notice mobile ads, 74% of smartphone shoppers make a purchase as a result of using their smartphones to help with shopping …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Mulls Spin-off for Hadoop Software Unit  —  Yahoo Inc., which generates $6 billion in annual revenue by selling online ads, is considering a new strategy to exploit what analysts say could be another billion-dollar business: Hadoop.  —  Over the past six years, the Internet pioneer helped …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and paidContent
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Social Network Pioneer Friendster To Erase All User Photos, Blogs And More On May 31  —  Before MySpace and Facebook, there was Friendster, a pioneering social networking website for consumers.  First launched in 2002, Friendster attracted tens of millions of users over the years …
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes  —  If E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a “disconnect” signal.  —  Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes …
Signal vs. Noise:
Exit interview: Jaiku's Jyri Engeström  —  “Jaiku was not much more than a year old when we were acquired.  It was like hitching a ride on a firecracker!” says Jyri Engeström, co-founder of Jaiku.  —  “I poured my heart and soul into designing the service with our small team,” …
Jason Calacanis / Launch:
L016: Facebook Sandbagging, 2011 Revs Really $12B Not $4B  —  While the chattering class wonders if there's an upper limit to Facebook's valuation (and throws around that “bubble” word again) our LAUNCH analysis suggests the company is holding back on the throttle.
Thanks:jason
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Ex-Facebook CFO, Khosla VC Gideon Yu Goes To...The San Francisco 49ers  —  Ex-Facebook CFO, YouTube CFO, and Khosla Ventures partner Gideon Yu, will, in the next few weeks, join the NFL's San Francisco 49ers as Chief Strategy Officer, a source familiar with the hire tells us.
Discussion: TechCrunch and NetworkEffect
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers in ‘Full-On Course Correction’  —  Ah, memories.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Arianna Huffington must not be taking that class action lawsuit against her too seriously.  Not only is AOL's new content chief not cutting down on the use of unpaid bloggers, she's doubling down — literally.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Battles “Mother of All Backlogs” With $11 Billion in Purchase Commitments  —  Apple may not have any particular plans for its cash abundance beyond the preservation of capital, but it's not letting the $65.8 billion it had on hand at the end of the first quarter burn a hole in its pocket, either.
Discussion: TUAW and TiPb
Richard Barley / The TweetDeck Blog:
The Dark App Rises: New iPhone TweetDeck Is Here  —  You all enjoyed the trailer, but now the year's biggest blockbuster has arrived at last. iPhone TweetDeck v2.0 is here!  —  In Hollywood they would call it a “re-imagining” - keep the essence of the original, but bring it bang up to date with a new team …
Wall Street Journal:
Bids for Myspace Expected This Week  —  About a half dozen private equity firms and companies are expected to submit bids for News Corp.'s Myspace by the end of this week, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The companies considering a deal for the social media …
Discussion: Electronista
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Navteq Re-Org to Focus On Social-Location Service  —  According to an internal memo supplied to Phone Scoop, Nokia and Navteq are undertaking a massive reorganizational approach to their mapping and social networking services.  The three foundational elements behind this change …
Discussion: @brady and MobileTechWorld
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
How to beat Apple  —  In the near term, companies making iPhone and iPad competitors are never going to beat Apple at their own game.  Apple has supply chain advantages, a massive number of their customers' credit card numbers (why do you think Jobs brings this up at every single Apple event …
Discussion: Mike Cane's xBlog
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Square's Keith Rabois: Websites are dead, reinvent for mobile  —  Keith Rabois, a startup veteran who's now president and chief operating officer at Square, didn't mince words today when he talked about the potential of mobile startups.  He said “the website as you know it” is “dead, dying …
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors  —  I've owned at least two typewriters over the years.  They were passed down to me from other family members; I think one I discovered in my grandmother's basement and begged her to let me take it home with me.
Discussion: TechSpot, Mashable!, Gadgetell and Poynter
 
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Gregg Keizer / InfoWorld:
Security experts can't verify Iran's claims of new worm
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Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
Facebook's plans for Menlo Park HQ: 9,400 workers in next 6 years
Associated Press:
Google replants its garage roots in tech workshops
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Meet ChoozOn, a Social Network for Shopping Deals
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Reddit founder heads home
Discussion: Betabeat and reddit
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Adds Much-Needed Developer Relations Manager & Developer Events
Discussion: NetworkEffect, Thanks:jasoncosta
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
MOG To Launch Freemium Music Service
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
PixelFish Finds A Local Deal In Backyard — Eric Schmidt's Second Venture Exit In As Many Weeks
Discussion: Screenwerk and Local Onliner
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Court grapples with ‘cast of thousands’ in Paul Allen suit vs. Google, Apple and others
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:johnhcook
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
Merchant Sales Reports on Android Market
Discussion: eWeek
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Yelp Plans to Go Public, Despite Booming Private Market
Discussion: CNET News and NBC Bay Area
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Fiber, Fast Cities and Faster Broadband
Discussion: PR Newswire and internetnews.com, Thanks:om
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
How Google Killed GDrive and Spiked Its Skype Acquisition
Discussion: BoomTown and SAI
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense