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3:30 PM 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:
Financial Times:
Hackers admit Anonymous likely behind Sony attacks  —  By Tim Bradshaw in London and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Two veterans of Anonymous have acknowledged that members of the cyber-activist group are likely to have been behind the recent hacking attacks on Sony, in spite of the group's official denials.
Discussion: Reuters
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Sony offers free Debix identify theft protection for PSN and Qriocity hack victims in US
SocialFlow Company Blog:
Breaking Bin Laden: visualizing the power of a single tweet  —  A full hour before the formal announcement of Bin-Laden's death, Keith Urbahn posted his speculation on the emergency presidential address.  Little did he know that this Tweet would trigger an avalanche of reactions …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Move from Intel to ARM Processors in Future Laptops?  —  SemiAccurate claims to have heard that Apple will be transitioning from Intel processors to ARM processors in the not too distant future.  —  The short story is that Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible.
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
No, Apple won't be dumping Intel chips for ARM, you crazies
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Why malware for Macs is on its way  —  Oh, the rationalizations people come up with to explain away what they don't want to hear.  —  Last week, when I wrote Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware, I expected to get an earful from Mac partisans telling me how wrong I was.  They didn't disappoint.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's Bud Tribble to testify before Judiciary Subcommittee on Mobile Privacy  —  U.S. Senator Al Franken on Friday announced the witness list for the upcoming hearings of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy.  —  The hearings entitled “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, The Next Web and TUAW, Thanks:jdalrymple
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Apple and Google all Scheduled to Appear Before Congress Next Week
Discussion: GigaOM, CNET News, MacRumors, I4U News and iPodNN
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 …
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple now #2 smartphone maker globally, ranked 35th on the Fortune 500 list
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researchers Say WSJ's WikiLeaks Copycat Is Full Of Holes  —  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 say the Journal has yet to learn a basic rule of digital whistleblowing …
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 …
Nicole Scott / netbooknews.com:
ASUS HQ Makes Official Statement on Transformer Tablet Shortagea  —  Living in Taipei we've often noticed that marketing people overseas don't really know what's going on with their products, not like the head quarters does anyways.  There have been a lot of rumors floating around …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
T-Mobile loses 471,000 contract customers, cites ‘competitive pressures’  —  T-Mobile USA saw a spike in contract customer losses as it struggles to compete with other carriers.  —  The company said Friday that it lost 471,000 net contract customers in the first quarter compared to 318,000 in the fourth quarter and 77,000 a year ago.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Leaked “ACTA” Lobby Letter Reveals Hollywood Pressure On EU  —  It is no secret that the pro-copyright lobby is active on virtually every political level imaginable.  Through lobbying efforts these various groups hope to steer copyright legislation in a direction that favors their businesses.
Discussion: Techdirt
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Visa is Coming to Mobile Next Week to be Everywhere You Want to Be  —  Visa is fulfilling its promise of being “everywhere you want to be,” beginning as soon as next week, when it plans to make an announcement regarding its mobile payments strategy.  —  Joseph Saunders, Visa's executive chairman and CEO …
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Rising Costs Leave Facebook Developers in the Lurch  —  Small Developers Move to Other Markets As Ad Prices and Revenue Splits Make Environment Tougher  —  As Facebook heads toward 700 million users, one thing seems clear: the gold rush for Facebook app developers is over.
Discussion: All Facebook and Guardian
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Scammers Swap Google Images for Malware  —  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a single tainted digital image may be worth thousands of dollars for computer crooks who are using weaknesses in Google's Image Search to foist malicious software on unsuspecting surfers.
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. puts cell phone radiation law on hold  —  San Francisco has rarely shied away from a legal fight over its cutting-edge laws - be it Walgreens suing over the ban on selling cigarettes in drug stores or restaurants taking the city to court over its requirement that employers provide health care coverage.
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: MediaPost, Electronista and VentureBeat
Raj Krishnan / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Flash support in Instant Previews  —  With Instant Previews, users can see a snapshot of a search result before clicking on it.  We've made a number of improvements to the feature since its introduction last November, and if you own a site, one of the most relevant changes for you is that Instant Previews now supports Flash.
Discussion: WebProNews and Softpedia News
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.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Sen. Rockefeller to introduce ‘Do Not Track’ bill  —  By Cecilia Kang Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va) on Friday said he will introduce a “do not track” bill that would allow consumers to block Web sites and marketers from tracking their activity on the Internet.
 
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Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Seeks Antitrust Lawyer as It Faces Regulatory Scrutiny
Discussion: @jason
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
56% of Americans have Internet data caps; FCC asked to investigate
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Epicenter
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon.com is threatening to pull out of Tennessee over sales tax issues
Matt McLernon / YouTube Blog:
You old romantics you...72 million live streams in 188 countries for the Royal Wedding on YouTube
Discussion: mocoNews and TechCrunch
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolling Out Major Update to Ad Analytics with Audience Funnels and Reach Data
Discussion: The Next Web
Daniel Roth / Fortune:
Introducing the Fortune 500+ Web app
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: Skype, a better match with Facebook than Google?
Discussion: GigaOM and Continuations
 Earlier Items: 
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
CEO: EA will switch from discs to digital
Discussion: eMoney and ITworld.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Self-Publishing Site Helium Raises Another $10 Million
Bob Lewis / InfoWorld:
Microsoft Security Essentials struggles in antivirus tests
Discussion: TechEye
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Photos Of Facebook's Huge New 9,000-Employee Campus
Discussion: The Business Insider
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Sprint / Google Voice integration has major issues, major lack of support