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6:20 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.
Shea Bennett / AllTwitter:
Another Milestone For Twitter As @LadyGaga Becomes First User To Reach 10 Million Followers  —  Last month I wrote about how Justin Bieber had become the second Twitter user to reach 9 million followers, with Lady Gaga being the first.  —  I speculated on which of them would be the first to reach 10 million.
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 …
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
More Windows Phone 7.5 features leak, Facebook chat built-in  —  Additional Windows Phone 7.5 features leaked on Sunday.  —  Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk from the Windows Phone Dev Podcast revealed some new features from “Mango” on Sunday.  Mango, known to be Windows Phone 7.5 …
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
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Watch out Instapaper: Mac OS X Lion's Safari Reading List to sync with iOS devices
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
PlayStation Network restoration begins, first phase includes online play
Discussion: Reuters, Bits, Kotaku, Mashable!, VG247 and Massively
 Earlier Items: 
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