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6:30 PM ET, May 14, 2011


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Business Week:
Sony: The Company That Kicked the Hornet's Nest  —  The PlayStation data breach comes shortly after Sony sued and prosecuted hackers  —  There's an Internet phenomenon called the Streisand Effect.  It happens when a person or company tries to suppress a piece of information and, in so doing, unintentionally popularizes it.
Amazon Server Said to Be Used in Sony Attack  — Inc. (AMZN)'s Web Services cloud- computing unit was used by hackers in last month's attack against Sony Corp. (6758)'s online entertainment systems, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
PlayStation Network Outage: Now It's the Worst One Ever, Right?  —  Back on April 26th, when Sony's PlayStation Network outage was less than a week old and we didn't yet know how bad the security breach was, I said it might be the worst outage ever.  Some commenters argued that I was exaggerating …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 front and rear-facing camera parts appear, point to relocated camera flash?  —  Just off the heals of rumors pointing to Apple repositioning the iPhone LED flash to the top-right side of the next-generation iPhone, purported iPhone 5 camera parts have appeared online.
Discussion: MacStories and iClarified, Thanks:markgurman
iPhone ‘5G’ case shows edge-to-edge screen, moved flash  —  Supposed iPhone 5G case tips up in China  —  A very early instance of a 2011 iPhone case has shown up in a listing at Asian trading site AliBaba.  Guangdong-based Kulcase is selling what it claims is a crystal case for an “iPhone 5G.”
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Ad-Supported Kindle Is Amazon's Best Seller  —  Amazon's cheapest Kindle, the one supported by advertising and special offers, it its best-selling Kindle, if you can trust Amazon's best-selling Kindles list.  —  This tells us:  —  1) People don't hate advertising as much as some Internet wonks think they do.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Pulse2, BGR and Electronista
Michael Geist Blog:
Forget the iPod Tax, Canadian Copyright Collective Demanding Memory Card Tax  —  During the most recent election campaign, there was no shortage of debate over the so-called iPod Tax, a proposed levy on iPods and similar devices to compensate for copies of sound recordings.
Discussion: Slashdot
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Six Reasons Why Chromebooks Are a Bad Idea  —  Not everyone thinks Google's attempt to reinvent the computer will work.  —  When it took the wraps off its stripped down, nothing-but-the-browser Chromebooks this week Google was attempting its own iPad moment.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
The Bestsellers: Fortune Article ‘Inside Apple’ Beats Out Full-Length Books  —  Among the usual suspects like Michael Connelly and James Patterson on the top 10 list of paid Kindle bestsellers this week was something of a surprise: “Inside Apple—From Steve Jobs Down to the Janitor …
Discussion: TechCrunch and @jlanzone
Ben Sillis /
Just how many people are using the iPad 2 camera?  (Answer: Not many)  —  So remember back when the iPad first launched, and everyone had a good old a moan about the the lack of a camera?  Yeah, here's Flickr's current daily average user stats for Apple's devices with cameras.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Close To A Big Search Deal With Baidu, Says Chinese Press  —  Microsoft is close to announcing a partnership with Chinese search company Baidu, according to rumors in the Chinese press, via Bill Bishop on Twitter.  —  It looks like Baidu is taking over the paid ads on Bing China …
Discussion: and WinRumors
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Programming Error Invalidates U.S. Green Card Lottery Results  —  The U.S. State Department just announced that it has invalidated the results of this year's Green Card lottery (officially the 2012 Diversity Lottery), which gives a set number of randomly drawn winners a permanent residency card to live and work in the United States.
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot, Thanks:fredericl
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