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2:05 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 …
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.
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).
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Skype and Kinect could be Microsoft's new killer combo
Discussion: GigaOM, GMSV, ReadWriteWeb and msnbc.com, Thanks:johnhcook
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Microsoft Buys Skype
Discussion: The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer And Bates Sell The Skype Deal: We Think We “Can Reach Everyone On The Planet”
Discussion: Softpedia News
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google announces Android @ Home  —  Google announced on Tuesday a new feature of the Android operating system called Android @ Home.  The framework and associated functions transform an Android device into a home automation controller that connects and directs all of the devices and appliances in the user's home.
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Matt Burns / MobileCrunch:
Ice Cream Sandwich To Bring New UI, Framework To Android  —  The next major release of Android comes just in time for hot summer days.  Ice Cream Sandwich, as it's called, is well, Google's “most ambitious” release yet.  And look!  A new logo!  —  Google says they wanted to create an OS that runs everywhere.
Ross Miller / This is my next:
Google TV getting Android 3.1 Honeycomb, Android Market  —  Google TV is getting a huge bump, with Android 3.1 and Android Market coming to a TV near you.  Developers will be able to use one SDK and ship apps that work both on Honeycomb tablets and on Google TV devices.
Hugo Barra / The Official Google Blog:
Android: momentum, mobile and more at Google I/O  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Code Blog)  —  This morning at Google I/O, the Android team shared some updates.  It's hard to believe a little more than two and a half years ago, we were just one device, launching in one country, on one carrier.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
HUGE: Streaming Movie Rentals Are Coming To The Android Market Starting Today
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Google Releases The Android Open Accessory Toolkit For Adding Devices To Tablets And Phones
Matthew Panzarino / TheNextWeb:
Google's Music Beta iTunes competitor just went live  —  We all knew Google is going to announce their new Google Music service today because they leaked the news last night.  The service has now gone live and is available for US users only to request and invitation.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Without The Labels, Google's Music Locker Service Will Look Like Apple's Ugly Sibling. Again.
Antony Bruno / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Music to Launch Tuesday — Without Licenses
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple, Google detail mobile privacy policies before US Senate subcommittee  —  Apple Vice President of Software Technology Guy L.  “Bud” Tribble spoke to members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and reiterated his company's position that it makes user privacy one of its highest priorities.
Discussion: MacStories
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Video: Apple's Senate testimony now public
Thanks:jdalrymple
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.
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 and MarketingVOX
Peter Kruse / CSIS Security Group:
CSIS Blog: Complete ZeuS sourcecode has been leaked to the masses  —  On the 23rd of March 2011 we posted a blog about the source code for the infamous crime kit ZeuS (Wsnpoem/Zbot) being sold on at least two dark market forums (see: http://www.csis.dk/en/csis/blog/3176/ ).
Discussion: Inquirer and Dennis Fisher
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: ITProPortal and SlashGear
Ryan J. Reilly / TPM Idea Lab:
Facebook To Feds: Our Campaign Ad Slots Are Too Small For Disclosure  —  Facebook has asked the Federal Election Commission to confirm that advertisements on the social networking website shouldn't have to abide by campaign regulations which require a disclaimer on who paid for the ads.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AddThis Indeed: Clearspring Raises $20 Million As It Rides Social Sharing Boom
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
MacNN:
ASUS makes just 350K Eee PCs due to iPad, ‘killer’ model due
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and DigiTimes
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Showcases Another Deep Facebook Integration
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Foxconn denies making workers sign no-suicide pact
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Anonymous IDs on iPhones, iPads Can Reveal Your Identity
Discussion: MediaPost and GottaBeMobile
 Earlier Items: 
James Somers / The Atlantic Online:
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3 WebKit source code after complaints from developers
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
New Google Goggles app turns your phone into the perfect business card scanner
Discussion: Google Mobile Blog and Techland
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Cellphones get emergency alerts
Vangelis Kokkevis / Google Chrome Blog:
Fancier graphics, safer downloads, and more privacy controls
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