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4:45 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:
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.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Homeland Security Wants Mozilla to Pull “Domain Seizure” Add-On
Discussion: The Register, Boing Boing and @guygg
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
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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse
NielsenWire:
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 …
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: VentureBeat, @qthrul and Softpedia News
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?
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.
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 …
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.
Electronista:
LG Display blamed for iPad 2 shortage, Chimei due in May  —  A large part of the iPad 2's shortage issues were put at LG Display's feet on Thursday night through claims from supply sources.  LG Display reportedly had light leakage problems for screens made at its sixth-generation LCD plant …
Discussion: DigiTimes and SlashGear, Thanks:diggretweets
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone Marketplace returns after 7-hour outage … Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace has returned to life after a seven hour long outage.  —  WinRumors readers began reporting issues downloading and updating applications on their Windows Phone 7 devices as early as 9AM GMT on Thursday.
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 …
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
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
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.
 
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
CEO: EA will switch from discs to digital
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
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Sprint / Google Voice integration has major issues, major lack of support
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T being announced today for $200 (update: confirmed, available May 15th)
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Syrian Man-In-The-Middle Attack against Facebook
Bing:
New Bing Maps iOS SDK
Discussion: SAI, The Next Web and WinRumors
Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference
Peter Birch / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
HTC Bliss: a Verizon Android phone for women?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Android To Surpass Apple's App Store In Size By August 2011: Report (Exclusive)
Mercury News:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg buys house in Palo Alto