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3:05 PM ET, May 1, 2011

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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Wrongly Jailed Security Whistleblower Caught Up in PlayStation Hacker Hunt  —  Armchair cybersleuths on the trail of the PlayStation Network hackers have been focusing attention on a chat log that shows several technically sophisticated PlayStation tinkerers discussing Sony's security vulnerabilities …
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Chris Kohler / GameLife:
Sony Details PlayStation Network Revival, ‘Welcome Back’ Gift  —  Sony will turn on most features of the PlayStation Network within a week and offer its customers a selection of free downloads, it said early Sunday morning.  —  The PlayStation maker's online service for its PlayStation 3 …
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Future of Advertising will be Integrated  —  Banner Ads.  They first started in 1994 and are therefore almost as old as the Web itself.  They were very effective back then, with the original ad garnering a 78% click-through rate (CTR)!  I guess from there we had nowhere to go but down.
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
The Little Red (Face)Book  —  When I spoke at Facebook about In The Plex recently, rumors were swirling that the social networking giant was about to enter China, supposedly in a partnership with the search engine Baidu.  So I made sure that my talk to a dining hall full of FB'ers included …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google emails highlight value of location data  —  Larry Page's Memorial Day weekend email was terse — “Can I get a response on this?”  — but the scramble it set off among top Google (GOOG) executives on a Saturday afternoon illustrates the critical importance the company places on the data …
Discussion: SAI
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Shed a Tear: The Age of Broadband Caps Begins Monday  —  Come Monday, AT&T will begin restricting more than 16 million broadband users based on the amount of data they use in a month.  The No. 2 carrier's entry into the broadband-cap club means that a majority of U.S. broadband users …
Discussion: Engadget
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple preparing to introduce Sandy Bridge iMacs early next week - sources  —  Apple as early as next week will deliver a much-needed refresh to its iMac line of all-in-one desktops, adopting Intel's newest family of Core processors and the latest in personal computing I/O technology, AppleInsider has learned.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intuit's GoPayment Cuts Transaction Fees, Pricing Now More In Line With Square  —  Inuit's GoPayment reader, which competes directly with Square, is about to become more attractive to small businesses today.  The company has made the decision dropped the transaction fee ($0.15 per transaction) …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
A Closer Look At Jack Dorsey's Twin Startups, Twitter And Square  —  There are few startups that are more the product of one man's vision and imagination than Twitter and Square.  —  Jack Dorsey, the inventor of both, is clearly a “vision” entrepreneur.  Much has been written about his original …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Michael Geist Blog:
Wikileaks on New Zealand Copyright: US Funds IP Enforcement, Offers to Draft Legislation  —  This week I published multiple posts Wikileaks cables revelations on the U.S. lobbying pressure on Canadian copyright including attempts to embarrass Canada, joint efforts with lobby groups such as CRIA …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor: Evidence for a Castle in the ‘iCloud’ for Lion  —  French blog Consomac sent us a heads-up that they've done a bit of digging in the current developer preview, searching for further evidence of the suggested Find My Mac feature in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and the fabled iCloud domain name.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Village Voice Admits To Spamming Reddit, Begs Forgiveness  —  The power of a social news site comes principally from its community, so when users feel like their service is being manipulated, they take it very personally.  —  Two weeks ago a rag tag team of anonymous Redditors discovered …
Discussion: @kn0thing
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hey Apple, Sony and Amazon: Crisis Response is Real Time Now Too  —  We've seen a trifecta of failures and/or screwups over the past couple of weeks, from three of the world's technology giants: Apple was shown to be keeping a log of the location of millions of iPhone users …
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple's unique brand of crisis management
Discussion: TUAW
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
FCC opens floor for public comment on AT&T / T-Mobile deal  —  Since the world's engineers haven't yet come up with a way to read minds over the internet (or at all, last we checked), we're not sure what you think about the proposed marriage of T-Mobile to AT&T. We're pretty sure …
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:   Opponents: kill AT&T bid for T-Mobile, Qualcomm licenses at same time
 
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How Like.com Shut Down A Competitor-And Broke Up Its Funding Round
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