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10:50 AM ET, May 6, 2011

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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 …
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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
A Letter from Howard Stringer  —  Please see below for a letter from Howard Stringer:
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Sony in ‘final stages of internal testing’ to bring Playstation Network back online
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Wolf!  —  Ed Bott, ZDNet, three days ago: “Coming Soon to a Mac Near You: Serious Malware”: … Tony Bradley, PCWorld, December 2010: “Apple No Longer Flying Under the Security Radar”: … Nick Farrell, The Inquirer, September 2009: “Hackers Target Macs”:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple malware: 6 years of crying wolf  —  A collection of dire warnings from the past puts this week's alarms into perspective  —  Three days after ZDNet ran a piece entitled “Coming Soon to a Mac Near You: Serious Malware”: Daring Fireball's John Gruber has posted, under the headline “Wolf! …
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25  —  David Braben is a very well-known game developer who runs the UK development studio Frontier Developments, but is just as well known for being the co-developer of Elite.  —  Over his career his studio has brought us …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
IDC says smartphones grew 79.7%, Apple takes #2 spot behind Nokia  —  Apple outpaced the smartphone industry's average growth of 79.7 percent in the first calendar quarter of 2011 to edge out RIM as the second largest producer of smartphones behind Nokia.  —  Apple sold 18.7 million iPhones …
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now #2 smartphone maker globally, ranked 35th on the Fortune 500 list
Discussion: IDC, AppleInsider and MacNN
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Move from Intel to ARM Processors in Future Laptops?  —  SemiAccurate claims to have heard that Apple will be transitioning from Intel processors to ARM processors in the not too distant future.  —  The short story is that Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches “Incredibly Easy” Video Chat Service Internally; We Launch It Externally  —  Earlier today, AOL's Head of AIM Products Jason Shellen sent an email to the entire company urging people not to share its contents with people outside of the company.  Even though we're a part of AOL, we didn't get that email.
Discussion: Electronista, VentureBeat and @qthrul
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researchers Say WSJ's WikiLeaks Copycat Is Full Of Holes  —  The logo of the Journal's new leak-focused site.  —  The Wall Street Journal wants a WikiLeaks of its own: a conduit for sources to securely submit large caches of data to the site's reporters.  But some security researchers …
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Rising Costs Leave Facebook Developers in the Lurch  —  Small Developers Move to Other Markets As Ad Prices and Revenue Splits Make Environment Tougher  —  As Facebook heads toward 700 million users, one thing seems clear: the gold rush for Facebook app developers is over.
Discussion: Guardian
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
For Silicon Valley Start-Ups, Funding Boom Is Lopsided  —  Silicon Valley is in the midst of another start-up boom, but the money isn't flowing evenly to all newcomers.  —  Investors are piling into fast-growing websites like Facebook Inc., as well as makers of smartphone software, social-networking games and other consumer services.
Discussion: SAI
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.
Peter Birch / The Official Google Blog:
Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets  —  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.
Daniel Roth / Fortune:
Introducing the Fortune 500+ Web app  —  Want to see the full Fortune 1,000?  Or figure out how to sell to, meet with, or work for any of the country's biggest companies?  Then our new tool is a must have.  —  The Fortune 500 has always been more than a list.  Salespeople plumb it.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacHackPC and iClarified
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Photos Of Facebook's Huge New 9,000-Employee Campus  —  Facebook is all grown up.  —  Employees are cashing out and quitting.  —  It's taking on startups with half-baked features.  —  And now, just like the biggies, it's getting it's own huge Silicon Valley campus.
Discussion: @eldon and The Business Insider
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 …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: Skype, a better match with Facebook than Google?  —  (Reuters) - As two Internet powerhouses slug it out to tie the knot with Skype, Facebook looks likely to be a more aggressive suitor than Google, and the world's largest social network may make for a better fit.
Discussion: Continuations
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
CEO: EA will switch from discs to digital  —  Electronic Arts sees the future of gaming in digital content and wants to lead that market going forward.  —  “Over the coming years, we will transform EA from a packaged goods company to a fully integrated digital entertainment company.
Discussion: eMoney and ITworld.com
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Demand Media Deletes eHow Articles, Edits Others in Quality Clean-up Initiative  —  It's a big day for Demand Media, with that earnings report and all.  It will be very interesting to see how the stock goes.  —  We had the opportunity to chat with Larry Fitzgibbon, Demand Media's EVP …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Analysis: Watch out ARM, here comes Intel  —  (Reuters) - Intel's latest manufacturing breakthrough sends a clear warning to rival ARM Holdings not to get too complacent with its overwhelming lead in the red-hot mobile arena.  —  But although hailed by Intel as an unprecedented advance …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Scammers Swap Google Images for Malware  —  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a single tainted digital image may be worth thousands of dollars for computer crooks who are using weaknesses in Google's Image Search to foist malicious software on unsuspecting surfers.
Bob Lewis / InfoWorld:
Microsoft Security Essentials struggles in antivirus tests  —  Zero-day detection was mediocre, AV-Test.org testing finds, but the popular free antivirus program performed well at spotting malware  —  Microsoft's popular free antivirus program Security Essentials has put in a mediocre showing …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
New: Google Showing Recent Stories From News Sites With News Snippet  —  Search for [news] or [new york times] or [fox news] or other queries that would bring up a popular news site and you will see a new search snippet displayed within the search results for these news sites.
 
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Electronista:
LG Display blamed for iPad 2 shortage, Chimei due in May
Discussion: DigiTimes, TUAW and SlashGear, Thanks:diggretweets
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Self-Publishing Site Helium Raises Another $10 Million
Jfe / OpenID:
OpenID Foundation Welcomes Intel as Newest Member
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC chief: antitrust law can't adequately defend Internet
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Super angel Ron Conway is raising a new fund
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows @ Mention Tags of Friends to be Shortened
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T being announced today for $200 (update: confirmed, available May 15th)
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Syrian Man-In-The-Middle Attack against Facebook
Bing:
New Bing Maps iOS SDK
Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Kim Cameron, digital-identity expert, leaves Microsoft
Discussion: The Register and TechFlash
 

 
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