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8:35 AM ET, May 18, 2010

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Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews:
Google To Buy VOIP Technology Firm Global IP Solutions For $68.2 Million  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is offering $68.2 million to buy up publicly-traded Global IP Solutions, a San Francisco-based company which sells technology used to deliver voice and video over IP networks.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Google buys VOIP engine behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus conferencing  —  Google on Tuesday said it will acquire Global IP Solutions Holding, which makes processing software for voice and video over IP, for $68.2 million.  The deal means that Google will own the voice and video conferencing engine behind …
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Re-inventing Windows Live Hotmail - the next generation of personal email  —  If you've been following this blog, you know that we've spent a lot of time talking about how consumers are using their email and how they manage their inboxes.  We've also talked about how we decide what to build based on what we hear from customers.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
New Hotmail takes aim at Gmail's top features  —  Microsoft presented a sneak peek this morning of a massively overhauled Hotmail — Hotmail Wave 4 in Microsoft jargon — that will go into a public beta test this summer.  —  Hotmail Wave 4 adds several features that have until now been unique …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Visa officially announces their case that turns your iPhone into a credit card (and we've got pics!)  —  Around two weeks ago, Visa announced that they'd partnered with a company called DeviceFidelity to build the iPhone case of our dreams: one that would allow us to use our iPhone as a credit card …
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ:
Exclusive: Seagate confirms 3TB drive  —  Needs UEFI, 64-bit OS and new partition table.  After a few weeks of rumours, Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig has confirmed to Thinq that “we are announcing a 3TB drive later this year,” but the move to 3TB of storage space apparently involves …
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Jamie Lendino / Gearlog:
Seagate Confirms 3TB Drive, Possible 32-Bit OS Issue
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook refresh gets official with 10-hour battery  —  Weird, but there it is, the leaked MacBook refresh is now official, on Tuesday, just as we thought.  The 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo refresh with NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics and longer 10-hour battery life (up from 7 hours) is sitting up …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kindle For Android Hits This Summer — And You Can Buy Books In It  —  Easily one of my favorite apps for the iPad is the Kindle app.  Weird, I know.  But in some ways it's superior to the iPad's own iBooks experience.  You can sync it across multiple devices, for example.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Spotify Halves Subscription Cost As Competitors Gather  —  Spotify is slashing the cost of its advert-free music streaming in Europe, in a bid to win more paying customers besides just mobile users.  It comes in two new tariffs Spotify's introducing...  —Spotify Unlimited …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Will Push Real-Time Feeds to Browser (Updated)  —  Updated at 9:30 PM PST with comment from Google.  Google posted an unlisted video to YouTube tonight showing details of a 2.0 version of its Feed API, a simple tool for displaying recent headlines from a syndicated feed on any web page.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Web Browsers Leave ‘Fingerprints’ Behind as You Surf the Net  —  San Francisco - New research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has found that an overwhelming majority of web browsers have unique signatures — creating identifiable “fingerprints” that could be used to track you as you surf the Internet.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How your Web browser rats you out online
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Gives A Glimpse Of The New Digg  —  Yesterday, while he was visiting his father and working beside a Colorado stream, Kevin Rose sent out a seemingly bland, lazy Sunday Tweet: … But the payload of that Tweet, a link to picture showing a glimpse of Rose's computer screen, is much more interesting.
Discussion: Erictric
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Is the iPad Driving E-Book Piracy, and Does It Matter?  —  If you wanted to know how many pirated e-books are being downloaded, BitTorrent would be a good starting place.  TorrentFreak, a blog that covers these speedy, P2P downloads, recently decided to check the numbers.
Discussion: TeleRead
Nick Bilton / Bits:
With a Kindle Hiring Spree, Amazon Gears Up for Battle With Apple  —  Since Apple announced its plans for the iPad, Amazon has shared few details about how it would respond to the competition for its Kindle.  But over the past few weeks, it has offered some more clues.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is This Week In The Next Weblogs?  Calacanis And Pals Put $300,000 Into Streaming Video Network  —  Is the Internet finally ready for a live streaming video network?  Jason Calacanis thinks so.  Calacanis and two of his LA pals—Matt Coffin (founder of LowerMyBills, and who just launched the DailyD) …
Discussion: /Message
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in April  —  Based on NPD data, iPods, not Macs, are being cannibalized by the iPad, says an analyst  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has looked at the NPD Group's data for the month of April and concluded that it's good news for Apple (AAPL).  How so?
Financial Times:
Google set for probes on data harvesting  —  By Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Daniel Schäfer in Frankfurt and Tim Bradshaw in London  —  Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday moved towards investigating Google following the internet group's disclosure …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Best Buy's Internet video service ready to debut  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Best Buy Co. is about to give its customers one less reason to buy DVDs.  —  The largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer said Tuesday that it will start renting and selling the latest video releases over high-speed Internet connections by the end of this month.
Discussion: Engadget and Bloomberg
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Mayors of Starbucks Now Get Discounts Nationwide with Foursquare  —  Starbucks, a company that already rewards frequent customers with the Barista badge on social gaming app Foursquare — is officially turning on the rewards side of its experimental Foursquare loyalty program with the first-ever nationwide mayor special.
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Amazon Stealing the Cloud  —  I saw a spate of recent articles that had some pretty amazing statistics and news bits on Amazon Web Services and competitors.  In no particular order:  — A survey of 600 developers by Mashery reported that 69% of respondents said Amazon, Google …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
7 Lessons Learned While Building Reddit to 270 Million Page Views a Month  —  Steve Huffman, co-founder of social news site Reddit, gave an excellent presentation (slides, transcript) on the lessons he learned while building and growing Reddit to 7.5 million users per month, 270 million page views per month, and 20+ database servers.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Kid Yourself, Mobile Ad Companies: Apple Really Does Want to Lock Up the App Market  —  Is Apple really trying to shut out other ad networks from its iPhones and iPad apps?  That's what it looked like at first blush last month.  —  Recently, though, I've talked to some mobile ad companies that are more hopeful.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Fanboy!  —  Technology, in case you hadn't noticed, is a topic that inspires passion.  When people like stuff, they tend to really like it.  And many tech enthusiasts have trouble dealing with people whose tastes differ from theirs.  Praise a product or company online …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
CTIA honchos dish on FCC regs (Q&A)
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Moot's Investors Revealed: Andreessen, Conway, Dixon, Schachter and Lerer
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Ustream Asia Debuts, New iPhone Apps For Japan
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Does Facebook Traffic Data Show Any Fallout from Privacy Issues?
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Mobile operating systems and browsers are headed in opposite directions
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Echofon On FTC's Google/Admob Inquiry: I Felt Pressured To Say Things …
Discussion: Echofon Blog, Electronista and Erictric
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Official: Acer will not launch Chrome OS devices at Computex
Scott Rafer / Scott Rafer's Blog:
Gilt Groupe, Groupon, and avoiding SEO
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Goes Down Following Legal Pressure