Week in review: PlayStation Network outage continues

Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories that VentureBeat published in the last seven days:Sony in ‘final stages of internal testing’ to bring PlayStation Network back online — Sony said on Thursday that it has entered the final stages of internal testing to bring its beleaguered online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), back online after a massive hacker intrusion forced the company to take it down. However, the company later said that restoring the network is taking longer than expected.

Osama bin Laden’s death reveals the value of state-of-the-art technology — The attack on Osama bin Laden has revealed a lot of impressive technology used by the U.S. military to circle in on and kill the world’s most wanted terrorist.

Chronology of the attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network — Sony sent a letter to Congress this week that shows how Sony’s information technology team discovered and then responded to the attacks.

So long free Android tethering: carriers crack the whip at Google — Google is disabling access to tethering applications in the Android Market at the request of wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

This computer (yes, computer!) costs $25 — Game developer David Braben has created a computer that’s about the size of a flash drive — and it’ll most likely cost less than your last date.

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apple-macbook-airNo, Apple won’t be dumping Intel chips for ARM, you crazies — Here’s your latest crazy Apple rumor.

Marissa Mayer explains Google’s social strategy, skeptical on Facebook — Mayer, Google’s vice president of location and local services, answered questions on-stage Thursday, where interviewer John Battelle asked her directly: So what is Google’s social strategy?

Tesla Motors might seek additional funding for third electric car — Tesla might look for additional funding from equity sales to help pay for development of its third electric car — the sport utility vehicle styled Model X — according to the company’s CEO Elon Musk.

What’s cooler than a million dollars? Changing a million lives — Henry Ford once said that a business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. Impact investing takes that thought to a new level.

What Sony does next is critical to its future in games — VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi argues that gamers are slow to forgive.