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11:10 AM ET, May 18, 2010

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Waiting to Pay for Hulu?  Wait a While Longer.  —  A public service announcement for any of you eager to start paying for Hulu: Be patient.  You're going to have to keep waiting.  —  Last month, the Los Angeles Times said Hulu was set to roll out a subscription service “as soon as May 24.”
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Is Opening Up Apple One Email at a Time  —  If there's one enduring lesson I took away from my late-night argument with Steve Jobs, it's that Apple's relationship with the public is undergoing a quiet revolution.  Are we about to see a new, more open Apple?
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 …
Marco.org:
The iPad doesn't need to do everything  —  Rationalizing the purchase of an iPad usually includes a few of these:  — I'll carry it around most of the time.  — I'll be able to replace my laptop with it.  — I'll be able to replace my Kindle with it.  — I'll bring it on trips instead of my laptop.
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.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google deletes private data in Ireland; a complaint filed in U.S.  —  Google said Monday afternoon that upon the request of Ireland's Data Protection Authority, it has deleted private data it collected as part of its Street View application.  —  In a blog post, the company said that it deleted …
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
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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.
Michael Finney / KGO-TV:
Cash not always welcome at Apple stores  —  PALO ALTO (KGO) — It is said that “cash is king” and that people can buy anything with U.S. currency.  But, that is not always true and the red hot Apple iPad is a case in point.  It is unbelievable but true.  Apple Computer has come a long …
Discussion: Tech Eye and ZDNet
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 SlashGear
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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Party Becomes The Pirate Bay's New Host  —  Following an injunction obtained by several major Hollywood movie studios, yesterday Pirate Bay bandwidth provider CB3ROB Ltd. & Co. KG took the decision to take the site offline while it digested the legal implications.
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
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
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.
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.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Shazam shares big numbers: 75 million users, over 1 billion songs identified
Discussion: paidContent and Music Ally
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
CTIA honchos dish on FCC regs (Q&A)
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Fanboy!  —  Technology, in case you hadn't noticed, is a topic that inspires passion.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Surprise: Traditional Blogging Platforms Still Reign Supreme
Discussion: PostRank Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Moot's Investors Revealed: Andreessen, Conway, Dixon, Schachter and Lerer
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube launches in South Africa
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Does Facebook Traffic Data Show Any Fallout from Privacy Issues?
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Jason Grigsby / O'Reilly Radar:
Mobile operating systems and browsers are headed in opposite directions
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Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Amazon Stealing the Cloud
Discussion: Beyond Search
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How your Web browser rats you out online
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in April