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May 16, 2013, 6:30 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google demands Microsoft removes YouTube Windows Phone app, cites lack of ads  —  Microsoft updated its own YouTube application for Windows Phone just over a week ago and Google isn't impressed.  The Verge has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter that Google has sent to Microsoft recently …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft responds to YouTube demands, ‘more than happy’ to include ads if Google allows it  —  Following Google's demands for Microsoft to remove its Windows Phone YouTube app, Microsoft has responded saying it's happy to include advertising.  Google sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft recently …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's Anti-Google Campaign Gets a Boost, From Google  —  For the last few months, Microsoft has been running a pointed PR and ad campaign against Google, where it accuses the search giant of screwing over its customers.  —  You gotta hand it to Microsoft: Yesterday they got Google to help promote their message for them.
Hugo Barra / Official Android Blog:
Android@I/O: Just press Play  —  As our developer audience knows, Android is more than simply a phone or tablet.  It's a platform, an ecosystem, and an opportunity for developers around the world to build exciting services and apps that reach millions of people every day.
Vic Gundotra / Google+:
New Google+: Stream, Hangouts, and Photos  —  Technology works best when it gets out of the way, and lets people do what makes them happiest: living, learning and loving.  That's why, when we started the Google+ project nearly two years ago, we aimed to bring real-life sharing to software.
Travis Green / Google Commerce:
Send money to friends with Gmail and Google Wallet  —  Paying back your friends is now as simple as sending an email, whether you're chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your roommate for your share of the rent.  —  Google Wallet is now integrated with Gmail, so you can quickly …
Google LatLong:
Meet the new Google Maps: A map for every person and place  —  What if we told you that during your lifetime, Google could create millions of custom maps...each one just for you?  —  In the past, such a notion would have been unbelievable: a map was just a map, and you got the same one for New York City …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Here's That Steve Jobs E-Book Email to James Murdoch  —  “Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”  —  That's an excerpt from an email sent by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to James Murdoch of News Corporation …
Amit Singhal / Inside Search:
A multi-screen and conversational search experience  —  Search has always been about giving you the best answers quickly, regardless of what device you use.  At Google I/O today, we gave an update on where we are in building the search engine of the future—a search engine that can answer your questions …
Trey Ratcliff / Stuck in Customs:
Why the new Google server farm could displace Adobe Lightroom  —  Are you taking more photos per week in 2013 than 2012?  How about 2010?  My guess is yes.  And it doesn't matter if you're a pro or just a casual photographer — it's really crazy how much visual data we are all generating.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Leaping to Conclusions on a Pilot's Speculation  —  An article on the Bloomberg News Web site on Wednesday noted an airline pilot's claim that an iPhone could interfere with a plane's compasses during takeoff and landing.  —  But the report cited in the article isn't based on scientific research.
More: ExaminerTweets: @jake_dwyer
Tom Bergin / Reuters:
Amazon UK pays $3.7 million tax on $6.5 billion sales  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com's main UK unit paid taxes of $3.7 million on its 2012 income, despite group UK sales of $6.5 billion (4 billion pounds), its accounts published on Wednesday showed.  —  The company received 2.5 million pounds in government grants during the year.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Outfit Loses Company Status, Faces Penalties  —  During the summer of 2011 the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States, announcing their “six strikes” anti-piracy plan.  —  The parties founded the Center for Copyright Information …
More: DSLreports and Techdirt
Don Reisinger / CNET:
One-third of all smartphone sales were prepaid in Q1  —  That's the word from The NPD Group, which found that 21 percent of purchased smartphones were prepaid last year.  —  Prepaid smartphone sales are starting to become more popular, according to new data from research firm The NPD Group.
More: TechSpot and GigaOM

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