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7:55 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 …
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Analysis: Investors slam Microsoft's Skype deal  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's move to buy money-losing Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion was immediately skewered by critics and investors, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant is paying far too much.
Discussion: MediaFile and USA Today
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft CEO Ballmer's email about Skype acquisition: ‘Exciting times!’
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:   Confirmed: Qik will become part of Microsoft, too
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype Confirms: We're Coming to Xbox, Outlook, Windows Phone & More
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Microsoft Buys Skype
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.
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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.
Ross Miller / This is my next:
Google TV getting Android 3.1 Honeycomb, Android Market
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Chief Rubin Hints At A New Nexus Device In Time For The Holidays
Discussion: TmoNews
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
HUGE: Streaming Movie Rentals Are Coming To The Android Market Starting Today
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and RazorianFly
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Google's Music Beta first look: it's miserable  —  Google's Music Beta is supposed to provide users with a way to access the music anywhere, anytime as easily as physically possible.  —  But it's just not that easy.  —  I've spent the past few hours trying to navigate my way through Music Beta …
Discussion: blog.chron.com
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Music Is “Completely Legal”, But Label Cooperation Would Make It Better  —  Google Music is a “completely legal service” says Jamie Rosenberg, Google's director of digital content.  —  That might come as news to the record labels who have pursued legal action against similar locker services like MP3tunes.com over the years.
Matthew Panzarino / TheNextWeb:
Google's Music Beta iTunes competitor just went live
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ wants wireless providers to store user info  —  The U.S. Department of Justice today called for new laws requiring mobile providers to collect and store information about their customers, a proposal that pits it against privacy advocates and even other federal agencies.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Pulse2 and The Next Web
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Apple, Google Privacy Hearing Marked By Confusion, Distractions
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Tells Senate, 'We Don't Track Users'
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Testifies on Mobile Privacy, Location Cache Encryption Coming to iOS
Discussion: iPhone Download Blog
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google takes surprise $500M charge over DOJ ad investigation  —  Google's Form 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made public this afternoon, contains an unexpected $500 million charge for the first quarter that wasn't reported in the company's quarterly results.
Discussion: CNET News and Bits
Nishant Doshi / Symantec Blog:
Facebook Applications Accidentally Leaking Access to Third Parties  —  Third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users' accounts including profiles, photographs, chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information.
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Naitik Shah / Facebook Developers:   Developer Roadmap Update: Moving to OAuth 2.0 + HTTPS
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for the iOS Virtual Keyboard, Cover Flow and a Never Released iPad Design and More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  The notables within this group include patents for iLife's iDVD application …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Photo shows alleged 7th-gen Apple iPod nano with 1.3MP camera, no clip  —  Yet another piece of evidence shows that the next iPod nano will retain its same small form factor and multi-touch screen, but add a camera to the rear side of the diminutive device and strangely ditch the built-in clip.
Jordan Crook / MobileCrunch:
400 Percent Increase In Android Malware; Mobile Security Threats At Record High  —  Juniper Networks today released a study concerned with potential threats to mobile technology, revealing a 400 percent increase in Android malware.  The study also found that both enterprise and consumer mobile devices …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Groupon Pushed for IPO Filing This Week (With or Without Bankers' Help!)  —  According to sources close to the situation, social buying phenom Groupon was pressing to file for its expected IPO as soon as this week, even before its bankers had a chance to complexify the situation.
Discussion: Digital Trends, PC Magazine and SAI
 
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Groupon Now is live! Offers local deals at any time, wherever you are.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Son Of COICA: PROTECT IP Act Will Allow For Broad Censorship Powers, Even Granted To Copyright Holders
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Airbnb Taps Facebook, Lets You Crash With Friends Of Friends
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Google Storage for Developers open to all, with new features
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nuance Buys Enterprise Print Management Software Developer Equitrac For $157M In Cash
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare adds Explore and leaderboard to the API
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Adobe issues CSS Web publishing prototype
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