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9:05 PM ET, May 5, 2011


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Connected Devices: How We Use Tablets in the U.S.  —  With new entrants like the Samsung Galaxy and the Motorola Xoom, the market for tablet computers is heating up in the United States, even though iPad continues to dominate the conversation - and market.  That's the word from The Nielsen …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: Apple's iPad still commands 82% of the U.S. tablet market
Discussion: Electronista, MacStories and @jowyang
Harvey Anderson / hja's blog:
Homeland Security Request to Take Down MafiaaFire Add-on  —  From time to time, we receive government requests for information, usually market information and occasionally subpoenas.  Recently the US Department of Homeland Security contacted Mozilla and requested that we remove the MafiaaFire add-on.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Homeland Security Wants Mozilla to Pull “Domain Seizure” Add-On
Discussion: The Register and @guygg
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Service launched for publishers to evade Apple cut  —  (Reuters) - Digital technology company Yudu launched a service on Thursday to help magazine publishers evade the 30 percent commission that Apple charges to deliver content to iPhones and iPads through its App Store.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Exclusive: Third attack against Sony planned  —  A group of hackers says it is planning another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach.  —  An observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers told CNET today …
Discussion: PlayStation Blog, CrunchGear and Bits
Marc Perton / The Consumerist:
Security Expert: Sony Knew Its Software Was Obsolete Months Before PSN Breach
Joe Siegrist / LastPass:
LastPass Security Notification  —  Logging in offline should be working everywhere if you have logged in using that client before, if you're having problems with this please attempt to login via the website: that should now take you through an email process to enable your current IP.
Mercury News:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg buys house in Palo Alto  —  Long after he became a billionaire, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg still rented modest digs.  But now one of Silicon Valley's top tech celebrities has become a first-time homeowner, recently buying a large house in Palo Alto that is a 10-minute drive …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Android To Surpass Apple's App Store In Size By August 2011: Report (Exclusive)  —  There's no doubt Android Market will at some point offer more applications for download and/or purchase than Apple's App Store, as the latter's growth has been slowing down of late, while the Android application store's growth rate has been accelerating.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Demand Media's Q1 Revenue Beats The Street; Up 48 Percent To $79.5 Million  —  Content platform Demand Media reported its first quarter 2011 results today, reporting revenue of $79.5 million, an increase of 48% compared to $53.6 million in Q1 2010, beating analyst expectations of $69.49 million in Q1 revenue.
Discussion: paidContent and BoomTown
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Demand Media Reports A Better-Than-Expected Jump In Sales
Discussion: Investor Relations, The Wire and @jason
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows @ Mention Tags of Friends to be Shortened  —  Once Facebook users have tagged a friend in a post or comment by typing the @ symbol or part of their name and selecting the name from a drop-down menu, they can now shorten the tag by deleting parts of the friend's name.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and All Facebook
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple and Verizon to deliver over-the-air iOS updates to Verizon iPhone  —  Apple has long used the proxy of iTunes to push updates to its iOS devices: when a new software update is available, users need to plug their device in via USB, click update, and the new software version is downloaded and installed.
Spencer Ante / Digits:
GroupMe Acquires BlackBerry Developer Sensobi  —  GroupMe, a New York-based start-up whose wireless applications let people create private text-messaging groups, has acquired a small application developer Sensobi as the fast-growing company continues its expansion.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Peter Birch / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets  —  Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog  —  When we launched Google Earth in 2005, most of us were still using flip phones.  At the time, the thought of being able to cart around 197 million square miles of Earth in your pocket was still a distant dream.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Super angel Ron Conway is raising a new fund  —  Ron Conway, the angel investor who seems to be involved in every significant Web startup funding nowadays, will soon have even more money for his efforts.  Conway's firm SV Angel is raising a new $40 million fund and has already raised around $11.7 million …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse  —  The respected Washington, D.C.-based newspaper has built a site for securely uploading documents to its own internal servers  —  Once upon a time, WikiLeaks was just a place where a would-be whistleblower could submit documents …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall; OS 7 devices delayed?  —  With BlackBerry World 2011 coming to a close, you knew there had to be some unannounced news waiting to come out of the conference, right?  We have been told by multiple sources that RIM is planning on releasing …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Marissa Mayer explains Google's social strategy, skeptical on Facebook  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of location and local services, answered questions on-stage today at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco, where interviewer John Battelle asked her directly: So what is Google's social strategy?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Syrian Man-In-The-Middle Attack against Facebook  —  Yesterday we learned of reports that the Syrian Telecom Ministry had launched a man-in-the-middle attack against the HTTPS version of the Facebook site.  The attack is ongoing, has been seen by users of multiple Syrian ISPs, and we cannot confirm the identity of the perpetrators.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Kim Cameron, digital-identity expert, leaves Microsoft  —  Kim Cameron, a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of Identity, left Microsoft as of May 4, according to my contacts.  —  Cameron is known for authoring the well-known and -regarded “Laws of Identity” principles.
Discussion: TechFlash
Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference  —  Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners.  Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable  —  I'm in Seattle this week.  —  People keep asking me if I've “seen anything interesting.”
Discussion: GeekWire
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Sprint / Google Voice integration has major issues, major lack of support  —  Have you tried Sprint's new Google Voice integration?  We know a lot of our readers have — and many of them have had problems, writing in to us to express their displeasure.  We started investigating and found …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC chief: antitrust law can't adequately defend Internet  —  (Reuters) - Antitrust law was inadequate to preserve the openness of the Internet and to allow innovation to flourish, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Thursday, defending Internet road rules adopted last year.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Tool to Harvest iPhone Location Data  —  A lot people got upset about Apple collecting location data on iPads and iPhones.  The company just issued an update to the devices' software in part to tamp down the reaction.  —  But that data could be as useful to regular people as it is to Apple.
Discussion: TUAW and MacStories
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Bob Lewis / InfoWorld:
Microsoft Security Essentials struggles in antivirus tests
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Photos Of Facebook's Huge New 9,000-Employee Campus
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T being announced today for $200 (update: confirmed, available May 15th)
New Bing Maps iOS SDK
Discussion: SAI, The Next Web and WinRumors
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SEC Watch: Palantir Technologies Raises $50 Million In New Funding
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Venrock Poaches a Principal From Alan Patricof
Discussion: SAI and Betabeat
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soliciting Customer Feedback With New ‘Pulse’ Program
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson announces new generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro smartphones
Royal Pingdom:
Apple now worth 5x more than in 2006, and nearly 2x as much as Google
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Street View Goes Inside Businesses With Google Business Photos
Oracle Ordered to Reduce Claims Against Google From 132 to 3
Discussion: Electronista
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