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5:00 PM ET, May 28, 2011

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Hackers breached U.S. defense contractors  —  Unknown hackers have broken into the security networks of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and several other U.S. military contractors, a source with direct knowledge of the attacks told Reuters.  They breached security systems designed …
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New York Times:
SecurID Breach Suggested in Hacking Attempt at Lockheed  —  Lockheed Martin, the nation's largest military contractor, has battled disruptions in its computer networks this week that might be tied to a hacking attack on a vendor that supplies coded security tokens to millions of users, security officials said on Friday.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Still Has No iPad App But They're Building A Desktop Software Team?!  —  Facebook has no iPad app.  It's ridiculous.  Their iPhone app is the most downloaded app in the history of apps.  And third-party iPad apps (many of which aim to trick users) constantly dominate the top 10 lists for both free and paid apps.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Alaska Airlines ditches paper flight manuals for iPads  —  The iPad has already gotten the go-ahead from the FAA as a replacement for paper flight charts and maps, and now Alaska Airlines has become the first major US airline to hop on board the paperless bandwagon.
Discussion: App Advice, Gizmodo and MacNN
Luke Kelly-Clyne / Newser:
Iran Plans to Unplug Internet, Create Its Own  —  Iran is waging war on open Internet.  Looking to limit the cyber-infiltration of Western ideas, Iran's telecommunications chief claimed that, in two years time, all Iranians would be forced to use a state-censored, fully-internal Internet.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Attention, shoppers: Men outspend women 9 to 1 on mobile virtual goods  —  Given the stereotype of how much women love shopping, you'd expect them to be the biggest spenders online.  And women are indeed fueling purchases at sites such as Gilt Groupe.  But when it comes to purchases …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
DNS filtering: absolutely the wrong way to defend copyrights  —  Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has called the PROTECT IP Act “a threat to our economic future and to our international objectives.”  He characterized its predecessor as a “bunker-busting cluster bomb when what you really need is a precision-guided missile.”
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Hands-on with Amazon's Mac software store  —  Amazon's Mac software store offers some benefits, but falls short of Apple's Mac App Store  —  Amazon on Thursday announced its Mac Software Downloads store, the company's latest attempt at competing directly with Apple's various online media outlets.
Discussion: MacStories and Inquirer
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Hopes Cars Drive PlayBook Sales  —  BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion Ltd. may be falling behind rivals in the smartphone war, but it is hoping to pull ahead in the brewing battle to bring mobile technology into the car.  —  The Canadian company is pushing its tablet and smartphone software …
Discussion: Digital Trends
Pixable Blog:
People are changing their Facebook profile photo more often every year  —  Today we took a closer look at the most important part of your Facebook profile, yes that's right, the profile photo.  Photofeed's smart algorithm sorts through an immense amount of data every while ranking photos …
Discussion: The Next Web, TechCrunch and WebProNews
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Tim Pawlenty Tests Facebook Sponsored Stories  —  Republican Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty's digital team is using new Facebook ads to ensure the candidate stays top-of-mind when supporters visit the site.  Pawlenty announced his official candidacy on Sunday, and his digital ad team …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5 Google:
iOS 5 will continue to use Google mapping data  —  With Apple's purchase of two mapping companies over the last couple of years - Poly9 and Placebase - many have speculated that iOS 5 will finally be the iOS release where Apple moves from a Google Maps backend to an Apple backend.
 
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Michael Feldman / HPC Wire:
D-Wave Sells First Quantum Computer
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Facebook Reaches New High Of $87.5 Billion
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Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
How Many Millions Did Amazon Lose on Two Days of 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?
Discussion: Daring Fireball and AllThingsD
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Facebook: Ceglia Lawsuit Is A Fraud, Contract Is A ‘Cut-And-Paste Job’