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An Important Message From Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer: "OH GOD, NO, IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN"Poor old Sony was hammered by both media and its own users earlier this year, after news broke of a large-scale hacking of its PlayStation Network. And now it’s happened again.

The latest case involves Sony detecting a mass attempt to sign in to PSN accounts with a job-lot of user names and passwords, which the company says it believes may have been obtained through a third-party rather than extracted from PSN itself. Fortunately, the “overwhelming majority” of user name and password combinations failed.

However, Sony believes approximately 93,000 accounts (33k in Europe) have been compromised, with outsiders able to correctly sign in to PlayStation Network using the stolen data. Those accounts have now been “temporarily locked” pending a new password reset and account validation scheme.

Sony says credit card data is safe, and it’ll refund anyone should they find evidence of any suspicious activity. [Sony via T3]

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/wireless-subscribers-in-the-united-states-2011-10


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CTIA released a new survey yesterday with some interesting data on wireless subscribers in the U.S. The survey covers January 2011 through June 2011.

Right now there are more than 327 million wireless subscriptions in the U.S. That’s about 20 million more subscriptions than there are people.

How is that possible?

The survey takes into account all wireless subscriptions, including tablets. Apparently, many people are carrying around more than one connected device.

Some other interesting stats from the survey:

  • The average local monthly wireless bill is $47.23.
  • 1.138 trillion text messages received.
  • 278.3 million active data-capable devices running. (That includes tablets, wireless hotspots, etc.)

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-the-fall-of-myspace-2011-6

Myspace sold today for just $35 million, a rough landing for a company once thought to be worth billions. Below is a chart of Myspace’s rise and fall, as well as the rise of Facebook, which ultimately killed Myspace.

chart of the day, myspace unique visitors, june 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-rim-htc-2011-6

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007, the mobile industry changed forever. All of a sudden, software and user interfaces mattered on mobile devices. It was a turning point for many companies.

Some, like Palm and Motorola, started to crash almost immediately. Others, like Nokia, took longer.

Research In Motion, which makes BlackBerry devices, actually did very well for a long time, capturing a lot of the market with email- and messaging-focused phones, strong carrier promotion, and a solid corporate base.

But RIM has suffered recently as it has been unable to compete with Apple and Google Android in the lucrative high end of the smartphone market. Its growth has been coming from selling cheaper phones overseas, and U.S. carriers aren’t promoting RIM devices like they used to.

Meanwhile, Taiwan-based HTC has been one of the more exciting stories in the industry. It made an early bet on Google Android and has been riding it to success. Earlier this year, HTC passed RIM in market cap. (Data courtesy Capital IQ.)

Continued success isn’t guaranteed for HTC, of course. Samsung has been rising fast in the Android market, and HTC still hasn’t shown it’s going to be a threat in the tablet business.

But it seems to be in much better shape than RIM, which is struggling to stay relevant in the early stages of a big, risky platform change — as it moves away from the old BlackBerry software to a new OS called QNX.

RIM HTC market cap since January 2007

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Source: http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/11/alpine-data-labs-scores-7-5-million-to-help-companies-analyze-troves-of-data/

Incubated within big data company Greenplum (acquired by EMC in 2010) and following 15 months of product development, Silicon Valley-based Alpine Data Labs launches its solution for “Big Data Predictive Insight” in the United States today.

The company is also announcing that it has landed $7.5 million in Series A funding from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia. The company is also backed by Stanford University.


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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-app-store-projections-2011-4

Apple’s iPhone app lead over Android will disappear by the end July says app analytics firm Distimo after analyzing the latest data on app store growth.

It extrapolated the chart below from month over month growth rates of app stores. You can see the gap between Android and iPhone closing to 40,000 by the end of June. At the end of July, they will be equal.

chart of the day, app store projections, april 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-app-store-projections-2011-4

Apple’s iPhone app lead over Android will disappear by the end July says app analytics firm Distimo after analyzing the latest data on app store growth.

It extrapolated the chart below from month over month growth rates of app stores. You can see the gap between Android and iPhone closing to 40,000 by the end of June. At the end of July, they will be equal.

chart of the day, app store projections, april 2011

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