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1:20 PM ET, May 20, 2011

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Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Phishing Site Found on a Sony Server  —  We know you're not supposed to kick somebody when they're already down... but we just found a live phishing site running on one of Sony's servers.  —  However, this incident has nothing to do with the Sony PSN hack.  —  This is the official homepage of Sony Thailand:
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John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Sony Hit with Two New Cyber Attacks  —  Sony was hit with two new cyber attacks Friday as it continued to recover from the devastating security breach it endured earlier this month.  The first attack was rather minor and involved a breach in the web server that hosts Sony's Thai site.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:john_hudson
Herman Lai / M.I.C. Gadget:
Breaking: Foxconn Chengdu Manufacture Plant Explosion (Videos)!  —  At around 19:00 in China, Foxconn Chengdu manufacture plant got an explosion, we are not sure actually what cause the explosion and how many casualties had resulted.  At the scene, there are currently more than 10 fire engines …
Henry Blodget / SAI:
LINKEDIN: The Truth About What It's Worth  —  LinkedIn's blockbuster IPO has triggered a predictable reaction: Howls of outrage that the valuation is obviously “insane” and that we're right back in a tech bubble again.  —  Leaving aside the broader bubble question (which I've addressed here), is the former assertion right?
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Gary Rivlin / The Daily Beast:
The Media's Crazy LinkedIn Comparisons  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  After its stunning market debut Thursday, there's no doubt that LinkedIn is a bubble.  But contrary to the crazy comparisons being made in the press, it doesn't signal a repeat of the 1990s dot-com bubble, argues Gary Rivlin.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Deal Journal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Climbs Past $100 Per Share On Second Day Of Trading
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Screenshots of Apple's impressive new Daily Download iPad app, more Apple Store 2.0 news  —  We've gotten our hands on the internal Apple RetailMe iPads and have been rifling through the interesting new features that debuted for Retail employees on Monday.  First is obviously the Daily Download …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Nokia To Use ST-Ericsson Chips For Windows Phone 8 Handsets  —  When Nokia releases its hotly-anticipated smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, at least some of the devices will be powered by silicon from ST-Ericsson, said Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Secure Music Accords With Labels for ITunes Cloud Service  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) has reached agreements with three major record labels to let users of its new music service access their song collections from handheld devices via the Internet, people with knowledge of the deals said.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The End Of Blippy As We Know It  —  So it turns out that almost nobody wants people to check out their purchases.  And also that just adding a social element to a feature isn't enough to make it useful.  The lessons of user adoption are sometimes learned the hard way.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch and SAI
Amy Lee / The Huffington Post:
Bing Director Stefan Weitz: ‘Traditional Search Is Failing’ … Most people think about search as a simple series of actions: type in a phrase, cross your fingers it brings up what you need, and then click around a page of blue links till you get what you were looking for.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Sensors Are Coming!  —  A microscopic view of a gyroscope sensor created by STMicroelectronics.  It is as thin as a piece of paper and can detect the movement of a mobile phone.  —  If you own a smartphone, you probably know just how smart those little gadgets are.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Wal-Mart to carry TouchPad, 32GB set at $599 [exclusive]  —  HP's distribution advantage over some other tablet manufacturers is hard to deny.  They have massive inroads with traditional electronics retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, their own online store, and a good relationship …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Peter Thiel Shuns Hot Idea for Bigger Picture  —  As investors clamor for shares of social media darlings, Peter Thiel is avoiding the frenzy.  —  “Is Twitter worth $7 billion?” the venture capitalist said.  —  “The broader question is, Is it going to help people have a much higher quality of living?
Discussion: SAI
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Scoop: Microsoft closes consumer skunkworks unit  —  A little more than three years after opening Pioneer Studios, a skunkworks operation to develop consumer electronics and experiences, Microsoft has closed the unit, CNET has learned.  —  Pioneer was the brainchild of J Allard …
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Intel: Apple Transferring Thunderbolt Trademark To Us  —  In recent days there has been confusion over who exactly owns the trademark to the Thunderbolt brand - it had been revealed that Apple had sent trademark requests for the Thunderbolt name despite Intel developing most of the I/O technology.
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Denies Amazon's Claim That ‘App Store’ Is Generic Term  —  Apple Inc., suing Amazon.com Inc. for trademark infringement, denied the retailer's claims that “app store” is a generic term and that the words together stand for a store for application programs.
Daniel Stone / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Other Situation Room  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The State Department's crisis center has been operating in secrecy for half a century, currently keeping Hillary Clinton and others up to speed on what's going on, from Damascus to Kabul, 24/7.  Daniel Stone gets a rare peek at how “Ops” works.
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
Google abandons master-plan to archive the world's newspapers  —  In an email today to publishers including the Boston Phoenix, Google told partners in its News Archive project that it would cease accepting, scanning, and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Patent Reveals Aperture Coming to Touch Display Devices  —  A number of patents have surfaced over the last two years concerning light pens and apps moving to touch screens.  While one of the first detailed patents surfaced in 2009 in relation to business forms, we've since seen …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Twitter sued for ‘breaking’ UK super injunction.  Oh yes.  —  We've been watching the British legal system turn itself into knots for the last couple of weeks, largely due to the ability of Twitter users to break just about any legal ‘super injunction’ a ‘celebrity’ (usually footballers) …
Business Week:
Apple Alumni Don't Fall Far from the Tree  —  A wave of star engineers has left to start mobile app companies  —  After selling mobile ad startup Quattro Wireless to Apple (AAPL) in late 2009, Lars Albright took a job helping the iPhone maker work with its community of mobile app developers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
HTML5: It's Last Call for Comments  —  After more than 3 years of development and discussion by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Working Group on the subject, the draft specifications document for HTML version 5 will now be moved into Last Call status after a 63 to 2 vote, with 3 abstentions.
Discussion: Webmonkey and Burningbird, Thanks:marshallk
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Servers Raided by German Police  —  Just a few hours ago German police confiscated several servers belonging to the Pirate Party.  The servers, hosted at AixIT in Offenbach, were taken following a request from the French authorities.  —  The reason for the raid is unclear at this point …
Discussion: PC World
Stephen Chapman / SEO Whistleblower Blog:
Porn, piracy, and personal data: Universities providing more than just education...  UPDATE, 5/19/11 2:13PM EST: It appears word is getting around to some of the schools I've linked to in this post, as links are beginning to die off (which is a good thing for the universities taking care of business).
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google Is Serious: You Can Kill Chrome's URL Bar  —  We wrote about this feature a few months ago and now we are seeing a first implementation of it.  The URL bar in Chrome is still active by default, but there is a flag to hide it.  Chrome is serious about keeping the URL bar flexible …
 
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Tweet about FCC member's new job at Comcast sets off firestorm
Discussion: PC Magazine, GMSV, Gizmodo and DSLreports
Bloomberg:
Sprint Wants States to Review AT&T's Proposed T-Mobile Buy
Reuters:
China Telecom in touch with Apple on CDMA iPhone
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New Zealand Libraries Considering Shutting Off Public Internet Access To Avoid Three Strikes Law
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Orange and Barclaycard launch ‘Quick Tap’ NFC mobile payments in the UK
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Eureka! Google breakthrough makes SSL less painful
 Earlier Items: 
David Chen / /Film:
‘Neuromancer’ Goes Into Pre-Production
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Nuance Plays Hardball in Voice Recognition
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Quattro co-founder launches mobile-app tool startup Session M
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Liberty Media Offers $1 Billion For Barnes & Noble; Would Buy 70 Percent
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Exclusive: A First Look at AT&T's LTE Network