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2:20 PM ET, May 18, 2010

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Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Re-inventing Windows Live Hotmail - the next generation of personal email  —  If you've been following this blog, you know that we've spent a lot of time talking about how consumers are using their email and how they manage their inboxes.  We've also talked about how we decide what to build based on what we hear from customers.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
New Hotmail takes aim at Gmail's top features  —  Microsoft presented a sneak peek this morning of a massively overhauled Hotmail — Hotmail Wave 4 in Microsoft jargon — that will go into a public beta test this summer.  —  Hotmail Wave 4 adds several features that have until now been unique …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Hot or Not: New Hotmail Is No Knockout
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews:
Google To Buy VOIP Technology Firm Global IP Solutions For $68.2 Million  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is offering $68.2 million to buy up publicly-traded Global IP Solutions, a San Francisco-based company which sells technology used to deliver voice and video over IP networks.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing  —  Google on Tuesday said it will acquire Global IP Solutions Holding, which makes processing software for voice and video over IP, for $68.2 million.  The deal means that Google will own the voice and video conferencing engine behind …
Electronista:
Google buys VoIP firm, hints at possible Android video chat
Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook and Zynga Enter Into Long-Term Relationship  —  Facebook and Zynga announced today that they have entered into a five-year strategic relationship that increases their shared commitment to social gaming on Facebook and expands use of Facebook Credits in Zynga's games.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zynga Saved!  Five Year Deal Keeps Farmville-Maker On Facebook  —  Facebook and Zynga have reached a five-year deal to keep Zynga games on Facebook and expand the use of Facebook Credits in Zynga's games.  —  A couple weeks back, it looked like Zynga might leave Facebook and host its games on ZyngaLive.com instead.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook refresh gets official with 10-hour battery  —  Weird, but there it is, the leaked MacBook refresh is now official, on Tuesday, just as we thought.  The 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo refresh with NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics and longer 10-hour battery life (up from 7 hours) is sitting up …
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AppleInsider:
Apple releases updated $999 MacBook with GeForce 320M graphics
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Waiting to Pay for Hulu?  Wait a While Longer.  —  A public service announcement for those of you eager to start paying for Hulu: Be patient.  You're going to have to keep waiting.  —  Last month, the Los Angeles Times said Hulu was set to roll out a subscription service “as soon as May 24.”
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Visa officially announces their case that turns your iPhone into a credit card (and we've got pics!)  —  Around two weeks ago, Visa announced that they'd partnered with a company called DeviceFidelity to build the iPhone case of our dreams: one that would allow us to use our iPhone as a credit card …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kindle For Android Hits This Summer — And You Can Buy Books In It  —  Easily one of my favorite apps for the iPad is the Kindle app.  Weird, I know.  But in some ways it's superior to the iPad's own iBooks experience.  You can sync it across multiple devices, for example.
Michael Finney / KGO-TV:
Cash not always welcome at Apple stores  —  PALO ALTO (KGO) — It is said that “cash is king” and that people can buy anything with U.S. currency.  But, that is not always true and the red hot Apple iPad is a case in point.  It is unbelievable but true.  Apple Computer has come a long …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Is Opening Up Apple One Email at a Time  —  If there's one enduring lesson I took away from my late-night argument with Steve Jobs, it's that Apple's relationship with the public is undergoing a quiet revolution.  Are we about to see a new, more open Apple?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Party Becomes The Pirate Bay's New Host  —  Following an injunction obtained by several major Hollywood movie studios, yesterday Pirate Bay bandwidth provider CB3ROB Ltd. & Co. KG took the decision to take the site offline while it digested the legal implications.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Spotify Halves Subscription Cost As Competitors Gather  —  Spotify is slashing the cost of its advert-free music streaming in Europe, in a bid to win more paying customers besides just mobile users.  It comes in two new tariffs Spotify's introducing...  —Spotify Unlimited …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Crosses the 500-Million Threshold, ComScore Says  —  Facebook crossed the 500-million-visitor mark for the first time in April, according to market-research firm comScore — providing some positive news for the social-networking site amid criticism over its privacy policies.
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ:
Exclusive: Seagate confirms 3TB drive  —  Needs UEFI, 64-bit OS and new partition table.  After a few weeks of rumours, Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig has confirmed to Thinq that “we are announcing a 3TB drive later this year,” but the move to 3TB of storage space apparently involves …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Will Push Real-Time Feeds to Browser (Updated)  —  Updated at 9:30 PM PST with comment from Google.  Google posted an unlisted video to YouTube tonight showing details of a 2.0 version of its Feed API, a simple tool for displaying recent headlines from a syndicated feed on any web page.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Shazam shares big numbers: 75 million users, over 1 billion songs identified  —  Mobile music recognition and discovery startup Shazam this afternoon revealed that it has grown its user base from 50 million to 75 million members in the last six months.  —  Stunningly, the company …
Discussion: Mashable!, Music Ally and paidContent
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google deletes private data in Ireland; a complaint filed in U.S.  —  Google said Monday afternoon that upon the request of Ireland's Data Protection Authority, it has deleted private data it collected as part of its Street View application.  —  In a blog post, the company said that it deleted …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
SimpleGeo Digs Up Another $8 Million And A Group Of Former Digg Employees
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Onion: Google ‘whisper ads’ detect keywords in phone calls (video)
Discussion: The Onion, Erictric, 9 to 5 Mac and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:alexia
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zendesk Raises Prices, Pisses Off Customers
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Softbank to Help Twitter Get Even Bigger in Japan
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CTIA honchos dish on FCC regs (Q&A)
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Is the iPad Driving E-Book Piracy, and Does It Matter?
Discussion: TUAW, TeleRead and Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Gives A Glimpse Of The New Digg
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Is This Week In The Next Weblogs? …
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