Podcast: Technology Bytes for May 18, 2011

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Sony’s PlayStation Network, Other Services Back Online

Sony announced that their PlayStation Network gaming service, as well as their Qriocity music service and Sony Online Entertainment services are back online. “I’d like to send my sincere apologies for the inconvenience the service outage has caused you, and wanted to thank you for all the patience you’ve shown as we work through this restoration process,” said Sony executive Kaz Hirai in a video statement. It’s been a tough month for Sony…

Facebook Caught Conducting Smear Campaign Against Google

Google built their network on search and advertising; Facebook is a social network. If you thought these two technology heavyweights aren’t rivals, think again. Facebook was caught conducting a stealth attack on Google, through big-time public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, who pitched anti-Google stories to journalists, urging them to investigate claims that the search giant’s new Social Circle feature was invading people’s privacy. Burson even offered to help an influential blogger write a Google-bashing op-ed, which it promised it could place in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, and The Huffington Post.