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12:05 PM ET, May 10, 2011

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire Skype  —  Combined companies will benefit consumers, businesses and increase market opportunity.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT") and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion; creates new business division  —  The rumors were right.  Microsoft announced on May 10 that it bought Skype, an Internet communications maker, for $8.5 billion.  —  Instead of trying to mash Skype into an existing Microsoft business division …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype Confirms: We're Coming to Xbox, Outlook, Windows Phone & More  —  In the wake of today's confirmed acquisition of Skype by Microsoft Corp., tech press, analysts and armchair quarterbacks alike have been busy speculating why Microsoft would buy Skype (and why it spent $8.5 billion to do so).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Irony Alert: Marc Andreessen Talks About Microsoft Forking Over $8.5B for Skype  —  I guess it's finally time to declare that Marc Andreessen's bruising and life-altering battle with Microsoft is officially over.  —  That would be $8.5 billion over.  —  From the software giant anti-trusting …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Microsoft is Buying Skype for $8.5 Billion  —  Updated at 12 midnight: Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion, in an all cash deal.  The deal closed a few hours ago.  The Wall Street Journal confirmed the news after we had first reported it yesterday.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Skype and Kinect could be Microsoft's new killer combo  —  Microsoft's blockbuster agreement to acquire Skype is all but assured now, with multiple reports citing a purchase price of $8.5 billion, including assumption of debt.  The deal is already raising lots of eyebrows …
Discussion: GigaOM, GMSV, ReadWriteWeb and msnbc.com, Thanks:johnhcook
Antony Bruno / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Music to Launch Tuesday — Without Licenses … Proving unable to come to an agreement with all the major labels for the music service it originally wanted, Google is going to pull an Amazon and unveil a digital music locker service without any licensing deals at all during a keynote tomorrow …
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Get more into movies on YouTube  —  Here at YouTube, we can't get enough video.  When it comes to movies, we're just as excited: YouTube hosts a great selection of movie trailers and showcases a variety of independent films in our Screening Room; last year we announced the ability to rent movies …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Partners With Sony Pictures, Universal And Warner Brothers For YouTube Movies
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, SlashGear and TechSpot
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Biggest BitTorrent Downloading Case in U.S. History Targets 23,000 Defendants  —  At least 23,000 file sharers soon will likely get notified they are being sued for downloading the Expendables in what has become the single largest illegal-BitTorrent-downloading case in U.S. history.
John Markoff / Bits:
The iPad in Your Hand: As Fast as a Supercomputer of Yore  —  It's common wisdom that the computer you can hold in the palm of your hand today is as powerful as a computer from years ago that filled an entire room.  —  But now Jack Dongarra, one of the computer scientists who keeps track …
Discussion: SlashGear
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple, Google Set For Senate Grilling  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on privacy, technology and Law is just getting underway with its hearing this morning on mobile privacy, at which representatives of Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) are expected to testify.
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Tony Romm / The Politico:   Al Franken: Smart phone and app privacy no joke
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T to defend T-Mobile acquisiton in D.C. this week
Discussion: MobileCrunch and MobileBurn.com
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
Adobe Releases First Three Photoshop Touch Apps for iPad  —  Adobe first announced its first three Photoshop Touch applications at Photoshop World back in March, and they're now available to download from the App Store.  Color Lava, Eazel and Nav are all designed for the iPad and aim to enhance …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube Launches Live Captions at Google I/O  —  YouTube is launching captions for its live video feeds at Google I/O Tuesday.  The new feature will be unveiled with the Google I/O live video stream, but it's also going to be available to any YouTube Live partner, according …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive New Data Center Set To Host Nuance Tech; Partnership Announcement Due At WWDC  —  Last Friday, we posted about the negotiations between Apple and voice recognition company Nuance.  While these talks have been going on for months, sources told us that it wasn't yet entirely clear …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As A Stable Build Appears And Avatars Align, A Full Chrome OS Launch Seems Imminent  —  We're just a few hours away from the kick off of Google I/O — the search giant's huge annual conference for all things Google.  Well, most things.  The social stuff isn't being talked about.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3 WebKit source code after complaints from developers  —  After complaints about Apple's delayed compliance with open source licensing requirements for WebKit began gaining traction, Apple released the iOS 4.3 WebKit source code on Monday.
MacNN:
ASUS makes just 350K Eee PCs due to iPad, ‘killer’ model due  —  ASUS has had to whittle back its Eee PC shipments after sustained impact from tablets like the iPad, tipsters said Monday evening.  It moved just 350,000 netbooks in April after tablets still “significantly impacted the demand,” Digitimes claimed.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Anonymous IDs on iPhones, iPads Can Reveal Your Identity  —  Each iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch contains a “unique device identifier” that can potentially be linked to a customer's real-world identity, according to a security researcher.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and MediaPost
James Somers / The Atlantic Online:
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun  —  The modern trader is playing the most sophisticated, dynamic, immersive game in the world.  Here's how it works — and why your job might be the next to turn into a massively multiplayer experience.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple  —  PCs have come a long way since the PC  —  In desperate need for something - anything - to stop the advance of the iPad and Android, Microsoft is trying to convince consumers that the PC is as modern a computing device as any tablet.
James Nixon / thinq_:
Exclusive: AnonOps splinter group speaks out  —  IP address leak ‘regrettable but necessary’  —  A self-styled Anonymous “splinter group” that has seized control of two sites used by the ‘hacktivist’ collective to organise Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and other operations …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Softpedia News
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James Nixon / thinq_:
Anonymous civil war as AnonOps sites are hacked
Discussion: IndustryGamers
 
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