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May 16, 2013, 8:25 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.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google Versus  —  Larry Page, on stage at I/O today: … Google fans seem to eat this kumbaya stuff up, to really believe it.  But Google is the company that built Android after the iPhone, Google Plus after Facebook, and now a subscription music service after Spotify.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
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 …
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Google Play Books enables user ebook uploads, Google Drive support  —  Google has updated its Play Books e-reader apps for iOS and Android to include support for EPUB and PDF files from outside the Play Store.  The new feature has been enabled as part of Google's strategy to unite its cloud services …
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 …
Jason Wilson / VentureBeat:
EA kills its controversial Online Pass program  —  EA is doing away with its Online Pass program from this point forward, a decision the video game publisher says is partially based on player response.  —  “Yes, we're discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Microsoft building touch-screen feature into Chrome  —  To try to spread its flexible Pointer Events interface beyond Windows 8 and IE10, Microsoft programmers are trying to build support into Google's browser.  —  Through the peculiar dynamics of Web standard politics and the open-source …
More: Neowin
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.
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 …
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: Examiner
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Is It Wrong to Use Data From the World's First ‘Nice’ Botnet?  —  When Morgan Marquis-Boire heard about the Internet Census 2012, he was excited.  —  Marquis-Boire, a Google engineer by day, spends his spare time looking for state-sponsored spyware, and here was something new that he could use.
More: Digital TrendsTweets: @wired
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
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
USA Network's Dividing Line With Twitter  —  Several television companies have announced deals with Twitter Inc. in recent weeks, looking to take advantage of the popularity of tweeting while watching shows.  But not all TV companies believe tying up with the social-media site is such a great idea.
Reuters:
Senators struggle with tech industry concerns on U.S. immigration bill  —  (Reuters) - Senate supporters of a broad U.S. immigration bill struggled on Wednesday to satisfy technology companies that want greater leeway to hire high-skilled foreign workers.  —  Democratic Senator Charles Schumer …

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