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2:30 PM ET, May 1, 2011

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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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
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) …
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.
Discussion: TiPb, MacRumors and Gizmodo, Thanks:miketrose
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
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Barack Obama Wants You To Watch His Funny YouTube Video  —  The White House Correspondent's Dinner, an annual tradition where the media and political elite meet to roast each other, with mixed results, just finished up.  Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers hosted the event …
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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Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
How Like.com Shut Down A Competitor-And Broke Up Its Funding Round
Discussion: K9 Ventures
Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com:
Unfollowed: How a (Possible) Social Network Spy Came Undone
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Trying to Stir Up a Popular Protest in China, From a Bedroom in Manhattan
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Pitfall Of Twitter's ‘Promoted Trends’ #RoyalWedding
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Many Mulligans Does Color Get?
Discussion: Soshable, Calacanis.com and Telegraph