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9:45 PM ET, May 8, 2011

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Skype Rumors: Big News Soon, Microsoft In The Mix  —  For the past week or so, rumors have been swirling around Skype, the Internet telephony company.  Reuters has reported that the company has been in talks with both Facebook and Google, either for a partnership or for an outright acquisition.
Jesse Stay / Stay N Alive:
Twitter and Facebook Both Quietly Kill RSS, Completely  —  Last year I shared how Twitter was moving more and more towards a closed, less-standards oriented model of sharing content as they upgraded their design to bring more people to the Twitter.com website.
Adam Hartung / Growth:
Why Not All Earnings Are Equal; Microsoft Has the Wal-Mart Disease  —  For the first time in 20 years, Apple's quarterly profit exceeded Microsoft.  Thus, on the face of things, the companies should be roughly equally valued.  But they aren't.  This week Microsoft's market capitalization is about $215B …
Discussion: @offsiteguy
Quora:
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?  —  Answer (1 of 49): * Anything that makes programming “easy for non-programmers or businesspeople”  —  * Micropayments  —  * T-Shirts (except Threadless (and Busted Tees ... thanks Adam Kazwell))  —  * Recommendations based on what your friends like
Discussion: StartupMuse
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Where Are They Now?  Products Announced During Past Google I/O Keynotes  —  The keynotes at Google I/O — Google's developer conference — are always filled with such promise.  Google TV, Google Wave, music in the cloud!  But the products themselves haven't always gone on to meet expectations.
William Quigley / TechCrunch:
The Next 10 Years Will Be Great For Both Founders And VCs  —  Earlier this week I issued a report about the positive changes that have recently taken place in the venture capital industry.  These changes are profound and will have a lasting effect on both the venture capital asset class as well as today's start-ups.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Apple Ends Google's Four-Year Run as Most Valuable Brand  —  Millward Brown BrandZ Study: Amazon Besting Walmart as Top Retailer; BRIC Entrants Pick Up Steam  —  The strength of the iPad has pushed Apple ahead of Google for the first time as the most valuable brand in the world …
Discussion: Reuters
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the urban driver's most agonizing everyday experience: the search for an empty parking place.  —  It is part sleuthing and part blood sport.  Circling, narrowly missing a spot, outmaneuvering other motorists …
Thanks:cltom
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Tech Press: Screw Them All  —  Last week I wrote a post about my current investment policy at TechCrunch, and pointing out already disclosed financial conflicts of interest.  Our primary duty to readers, as I've said many times, is transparency.  To that end we will (as we always have) …
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Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
How People Share Content Online and With Whom?  —  A recent study done by AOL and Neilsen offers interesting insights into how people share content on the web and what kind of content do they prefer sharing.  —  Email is still the most preferred mode for sharing content with friends and family …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Intel 3-D Transistors: Why and When?  —  A few days ago, Intel teased: On May 4th, the company would make “its most significant technology announcement of the year.”  —  Tongues wagged.  Will Intel make ARM chips for Apple?  The speculation has roots in reality.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!  —  Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon's new cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one glaring problem: it didn't work on iOS devices.  You might think this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS wasn't compatible with, but it wasn't.
John Gaudiosi / Game On:
Gamers Can Kill Osama Bin Laden in New Video Game Recreation of Assassination  —  New York-based online game publisher Kuma Games is allowing gamers to assassinate Osama Bin Laden and experience what the brave Navy SEALs went through in Pakistan through a new free PC video game.
The H Security:
The Tor Project plans a Firefox fork  —  The Tor project has announced that it is to launch its own fork of Firefox that will include Tor integration.  At present, users who want to use the decentralised Tor network to browse the internet anonymously install the Firefox extension Torbutton and additional Tor software.
Discussion: Engadget and OStatic blogs
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Tony Bradley / PC World:
Skype's Dangerous Exploit: What You Need to Know
Discussion: I4U News and RazorianFly
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Soon, AOL's AIM Won't Require A Separate Login To Chat With Contacts In Gmail
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Apple Moving To Close Gap With Android On Speech, Navigation
Discussion: I4U News and TechCrunch
Louis Gray:
Quora Opens Doors to Self Promoters, Bias and Marketeers
Discussion: Quora
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
“Inside Apple” Reveals Steve Jobs Anecdotes, Apple's Little Known Facts