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5:15 PM ET, May 15, 2011

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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Why Microsoft bought Skype  —  There is so much to write about but I'll begin with Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion.  The pundits are debating whether this move by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer makes good business sense, but that's the wrong way to look at it.
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Ballmer's latest acquisition  —  In a bold move, Microsoft acquires Nokia and catapults itself to the top of the smartphone world.  The full integration of Windows Phone 7 software into Nokia hardware will result in a better user experience for customers, a zero-fragmentation platform for developers …
Discussion: eWeek
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Play On - PSN Restoration Begins Now  —  Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks.  As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password.  Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration …
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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:   Green Light is On — Sony PlayStation Network Returns in US
Damon Poeter / PC Magazine:
Sony PSN Back Online, Just Not Everywhere
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
RIM recalls at least 900 faulty BlackBerry PlayBooks, here are the serial numbers  —  We found the BlackBerry PlayBook to be a pretty solid piece of hardware, but it seems there was a problem batch — an inside source tells us that nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they're being recalled.
Wyatt Buchanan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Social-networking sites face new privacy battle  —  (05-15) 04:00 PDT Sacramento —  California could force Facebook and other social-networking sites to change their privacy protection policies under a first-of-its-kind proposal at the state Capitol that is opposed by much of the Internet industry.
Discussion: PR Newswire and SocialTimes.com
Andrew Myers / Stanford News:
New Stanford computing lab imagines the mobile-social future  —  At the MobiSocial Lab, an engineering research team asks fundamental questions about the marriage of mobile communications and social networking, and begins to design the future of open-source social networking.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Native Apps Or Web Apps?  Particle Code Wants You To Do Both  —  When it comes to app development for mobile devices, cross-platform implementation is the new hot thing.  Developers have long struggled with fragmentation across operating systems, when they want to just be able to create …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Bing Adds Facebook Recommendations to Search  —  In Battle Against Google, Microsoft Seeks Leg Up in Social Search  —  Microsoft will begin adding Facebook data to its Bing search results on Tuesday, including the ubiquitous “like,” in another bid to differentiate from arch-rival Google.
Marcus Wohlsen / Associated Press:
Twitter feed lawsuit underscores power of a tweet  —  When Adorian Deck was home sick from high school, he entertained himself like countless other teenagers have in recent years: He started a Twitter account.  Unlike other teenagers, Deck's account became a sensation.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Access To iPad App Flipboard Compromised In China  —  As of today certain aspects of the Flipboard experience have been blocked for Chinese users, at the very least access to Facebook and Twitter according to Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.  While direct access to Facebook and Twitter is routinely blocked …
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Penn Olson
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Watch out Instapaper: Mac OS X Lion's Safari Reading List to sync with iOS devices  —  Following the discovery that Mac OS X Lion includes a new Reading List feature in Safari - similar to the popular Instapaper service - Instapaper's creator went on record to say that the feature won't be a competitor until it syncs with iOS devices.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Connecting The Dots On eBay's Local Shopping Strategy  —  It's no secret that eBay has been heavily investing in a local commerce strategy.  The central core of this is trying to capitalize on the $917 million online-to-offline buying market, which Forrester estimates will eventually reach $1.3 trillion …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 front and rear-facing camera parts appear, point to relocated camera flash?  —  Just off the heels 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.
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Electronista:
iPhone ‘5G’ case shows edge-to-edge screen, moved flash
 
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Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
PlayStation Network restoration begins, first phase includes online play
Discussion: Reuters, Bits, Kotaku, Mashable!, VG247 and Massively
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Nuance and Apple partnership is all but confirmed: Lion uses Nuance speech technology
Discussion: Netputing, App Advice, TUAW and Electronista
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
PlayStation Network Outage: Now It's the Worst One Ever, Right?
Discussion: Digitizor and GottaBeMobile
 Earlier Items: 
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Sony: The Company That Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Six Reasons Why Chromebooks Are a Bad Idea
Discussion: PC World and thechromesource