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8:00 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
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Sony offers free Debix identify theft protection for PSN and Qriocity hack victims in US
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! …
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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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 …
Discussion: Fast Company
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse
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 …
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 …
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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
Peter Birch / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets  —  Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog  —  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.
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 and @qthrul
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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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 …
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
CEO: EA will switch from discs to digital
Electronista:
LG Display blamed for iPad 2 shortage, Chimei due in May
Discussion: DigiTimes 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
 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: TechFlash
NielsenWire:
Connected Devices: How We Use Tablets in the U.S.