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9:50 PM ET, May 18, 2010

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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Yahoo Buys Associated Content for $100 Million  —  Deal Will Shore Up Portal's Content Offerings, Help Produce Low-Cost Media  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Yahoo has acquired startup Associated Content for slightly more than $100 million in a deal that gives the portal new technology and a new strategy for producing low-cost media.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Yahoo Thinking?  Buying Associated Content Opens Up A Whole Can Of Worms  —  Yahoo will look a little more like AOL and Demand Media with its acquisition today of Associated Content.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but AdAge is reporting that the deal was north of $100 million.
Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Welcoming Associated Content to the Yahoo! Family
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Why Buy Associated Content? All About Niche, Says Yahoo
Google Enterprise Blog:
Putting email in context with Gmail contextual gadgets  —  Since launching the Google Apps Marketplace in March, Google Apps administrators have deployed integrated third party apps to more than one million users, and today we're excited to build on this momentum with the launch of a new Gmail API …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Gist brings social email data into Gmail
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Xobni, TNW Apps and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Puts Gmail Gadgets Into Outlook
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Sid Murlidhar / Facebook Blog:
Fast and Free Facebook Mobile Access with 0.facebook.com  —  Today, we are launching another way for people to access Facebook anytime, anywhere: 0.facebook.com. 0.facebook.com is a new mobile site that includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Twitter for iPhone Goes Live  —  Last night we noticed that Tweetie 2 was pulled from the App Store, and it made us think that the official client called “Twitter for iPhone” would come soon.  Well, Twitter for iPhone is now live in the App Store, just follow this link.  (it's still propagating in the App Store)
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Launch Amazon S3 Competitor ‘Google Storage’ At I/O  —  Amazon's cloud storage services are going to be getting another major competitor this week: Google.  We hear that this week during its I/O conference, Google will be announcing a new service that is a direct competitor with Amazon's S3 cloud storage.
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Central To The Facebook-Zynga Deal: Credits
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook to Launch “Simplistic” Privacy Choices Soon  —  Reacting to the latest privacy backlash, Facebook will be rolling out new “simplistic” privacy options for its users in the coming weeks, according to Facebook head of public policy Tim Sparapani.  —  “Now we've heard from our users …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tension Building At Facebook As Staffers Challenge Zuckerberg's Approach To Privacy  —  Facebook executives have been “hunkered down” for days trying to figure out what to do about the latest privacy backlash, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro says.  —  Some executives appear to disagree …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
LifeLock CEO's Identity Stolen 13 Times  —  Apparently, when you publish your Social Security number prominently on your website and billboards, people take it as an invitation to steal your identity.  —  LifeLock CEO Todd Davis, whose number is displayed in the company's ubiquitous advertisements, has by now learned that lesson.
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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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues Salesforce.com, alleging patent infringement  —  Microsoft is filing suit this afternoon against Salesforce.com, alleging that the San Francisco company's customer-relationship management service violates nine of its patents.  The complaint, in U.S. District Court in Seattle …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Google to fight government if AdMob deal blocked  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday his company is prepared to fight the U.S. government “very hard” if regulators block the search leader's acquisition of mobile advertising firm AdMob.
Discussion: mocoNews
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Sprint Says Pre Didn't Work Out, Wants iPhone  —  Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently assured investors that the nations' third-largest provider of wireless services has seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up.  Brust also accidentally ate his foot …
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.”
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
X-Plane for Officejet?  HP to Put Palm's webOS in Printers  —  That Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) plans to use Palm's (PALM) WebOS in smartphones, netbooks and tablets is self evident.  That it intends to use it in printers as well?  Well, that's a bit of a surprise, although given the size of HP's printing business, it shouldn't have been.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
A Look Back at Steve Jobs' 2003 Stock Options Swap Reveals $10 Billion Opportunity Lost  —  MarketWatch takes a look at “what might have been”, examining Apple CEO Steve Jobs' decision to accept a March 2003 offer from the company to exchange his existing stock options for new ones …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Acquires MMORPG Publisher Acclaim Games  —  Playdom is continuing its shopping spree of game developers.  The gaming giant is acquiring social game publisher Acclaim Games today.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  —  Acclaim has built a name for itself in the casual and MMORPG gaming space.
 
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