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6:50 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: BetaNews and PC Magazine
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: MediaPost, PC World 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.
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Launches “Social Deals” To Challenge Groupon & LivingSocial  —  After several months of anticipation Facebook is launching its second deals program: Social Deals.  The new effort more closely resembles Groupon-style daily deals, with several twists.
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft collects locations of Windows phone users  —  Like Apple and Google, Microsoft collects records of the physical locations of customers who use its mobile operating system.  —  Windows Phone 7, supported by manufacturers including Dell, HTC, LG, Nokia, and Samsung …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense  —  Amazon.com today responded in court to Apple's lawsuit over the name of its Android Appstore — calling the iPhone maker's claim to the “App Store” trademark baseless, and pointing to a statement …
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
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: TiPb
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
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 …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Yelp Plans to Go Public, Despite Booming Private Market  —  Yelp Inc., the consumer-reviews website, is declining to seek another round of financing and instead has its sights set on going public, the start-up's chief executive officer, Jeremy Stoppelman, said in an interview.
Discussion: CNET News and NBC Bay Area
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: Electronista and MobileTechWorld
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: Mashable!, Daily Mail and TechSpot
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Reddit founder heads home  —  Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of the news aggregation site Reddit, announced today that he has returned to the site as an advisor after selling it to Condé Nast in 2006.  —  Ohanian left to pursue his own projects, which included flight search company Hipmunk …
Discussion: Betabeat and reddit
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
MOG To Launch Freemium Music Service  —  As rumors continue to swirl regarding the imminent launch of cloud-based music services from Spotify, Apple, and Google, one such service that's already up and running in this country - MOG - announced that plans to revamp its on-demand music subscription …
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
SYS-CON MEDIA:
VMware Acquires SlideRocket Collaborative Presentation Provider  —  PALO ALTO, CA — (Marketwire) — 04/26/11 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of SlideRocket, a leading SaaS-based business presentation provider.
Associated Press:
Google replants its garage roots in tech workshops  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Amid all the free food and other goodies that come with a job at Google Inc., there's one benefit a lot of employees don't even know about: a cluster of high-tech workshops that have become a tinkerer's paradise.
Discussion: The Official Google Blog and Make
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 …
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Meet ChoozOn, a Social Network for Shopping Deals
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint Seeks Peek at Confidential AT&T Filings in T-Mobile Deal
Discussion: Electronista and FierceWireless
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Adds Much-Needed Developer Relations Manager & Developer Events
Discussion: NetworkEffect, Thanks:jasoncosta
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
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
White iPhones Already Being Sold In Belgium, Italy [Update: Unboxing]
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Court grapples with ‘cast of thousands’ in Paul Allen suit vs. Google, Apple and others
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:johnhcook
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
Merchant Sales Reports on Android Market
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps and eWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Fiber, Fast Cities and Faster Broadband
Discussion: internetnews.com, Thanks:om
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Twitter Looks to Rebuild its Mobile Experience, Hints at New Developer Opportunities
Discussion: MediaPost, Light Reading and SAI
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Stop Blaming the Customers - the Fault is on Amazon Web Services
Discussion: GigaOM and CloudAve
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Shocker! Instant messaging gains popularity as TXTing declines, BBM to blame
Discussion: MediaPost
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
How Google Killed GDrive and Spiked Its Skype Acquisition
Discussion: BoomTown and SAI
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official
 

 
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