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12:55 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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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Sony offers free Debix identify theft protection for PSN and Qriocity hack victims in US
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 and @guygg
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: Apple's iPad still commands 82% of the U.S. tablet market
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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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
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”:
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
Joe Siegrist / LastPass:
LastPass Security Notification  —  Update 4, ~10pm EST:  —  Joe's interview with PCWorld covers more details on what happened, what our thought process has been, and what this means for our users: http://www.pcworld.com/article/227268/ exclusive_lastpass_ceo_explains_ possible_hack.html.
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JR Raphael / PC World:
Exclusive: LastPass CEO Explains Possible Hack
Discussion: Lifehacker Australia, Thanks:jr_raphael
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?
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 …
Discussion: Geek.com, Softpedia News and Neowin.net
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.
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.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse  —  The respected Washington, D.C.-based newspaper has built a site for securely uploading documents to its own internal servers  —  Once upon a time, WikiLeaks was just a place where a would-be whistleblower could submit documents …
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and All Facebook
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Android To Surpass Apple's App Store In Size By August 2011: Report (Exclusive)  —  There's no doubt Android Market will at some point offer more applications for download and/or purchase than Apple's App Store, as the latter's growth has been slowing down of late, while the Android application store's growth rate has been accelerating.
Mercury News:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg buys house in Palo Alto  —  Long after he became a billionaire, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg still rented modest digs.  But now one of Silicon Valley's top tech celebrities has become a first-time homeowner, recently buying a large house in Palo Alto that is a 10-minute drive …
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC chief: antitrust law can't adequately defend Internet  —  (Reuters) - Antitrust law was inadequate to preserve the openness of the Internet and to allow innovation to flourish, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Thursday, defending Internet road rules adopted last year.
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Self-Publishing Site Helium Raises Another $10 Million  —  Self-publishing content company Helium has raised another 10 million in debt financing according to a SEC filing from earlier today.  Listed on the the filing are President Mark Renalli, and board members Ann Bushell and John Paloian …
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
 
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Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
For Silicon Valley Start-Ups, Funding Boom Is Lopsided
Jfe / OpenID:
OpenID Foundation Welcomes Intel as Newest Member
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)
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
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SEC Watch: Palantir Technologies Raises $50 Million In New Funding
Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference
Discussion: GeekWire
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
HTC Bliss: a Verizon Android phone for women?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson announces new generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro smartphones
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Tool to Harvest iPhone Location Data
Discussion: TUAW, MacStories and textually.org