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4:00 PM 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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Hot or Not: New Hotmail Is No Knockout  —  Hotmail, the leading web email provider, has coasted along for years with barely a feature update.  But Microsoft is finally planning a major release for later this summer and on Monday provided reporters with a preview.
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 …
Electronista:
Google buys VoIP firm, hints at possible Android video chat  —  Google on Tuesday bought Global IP Solutions in a possible sign of a video chat implementation for Android.  The $68.2 million deal gives Google access to a firm that supplies both audio and video through IP networks.
Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook and Zynga Enter Into Long-Term Relationship  —  Facebook and Zynga announced today that they have entered into a five-year strategic relationship that increases their shared commitment to social gaming on Facebook and expands use of Facebook Credits in Zynga's games.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Central To The Facebook-Zynga Deal: Credits
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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AppleInsider:
Apple releases updated $999 MacBook with GeForce 320M graphics
Discussion: TG Daily
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Waiting to Pay for Hulu?  Wait a While Longer.  —  A public service announcement for those 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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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?
Discussion: Media Decoder and Apple Gazette
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Best Buy's Digital Movie Service Launches Under CinemaNow Name  —  Best Buy's long-awaited entry to the online video download market is here.  Best Buy said last June that under an agreement with Sonic Solutions' CinemaNow movie service it would make movies and TV shows available for download …
Discussion: Business Wire and Ubergizmo
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Launch Amazon S3 Competitor ‘Google Storage’ At I/O  —  Amazon's cloud storage services are going to be getting another major competitor this week: Google.  We hear that this week during its I/O conference, Google will be announcing a new service that is a direct competitor with Amazon's S3 cloud storage.
Discussion: TNW Apps and ZDNet, Thanks:auralab
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 …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Yahoo Buys Associated Content for $100 Million  —  Deal Will Shore Up Portal's Content Offerings, Help Produce Low-Cost Media  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Yahoo has acquired startup Associated Content for slightly more than $100 million in a deal that gives the portal new technology and a new strategy for producing low-cost media.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Shazam shares big numbers: 75 million users, over 1 billion songs identified  —  Mobile music recognition and discovery startup Shazam this afternoon revealed that it has grown its user base from 50 million to 75 million members in the last six months.  —  Stunningly, the company …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Onion: Google ‘whisper ads’ detect keywords in phone calls (video)  —  Oh man, The Onion really outdid itself this time.  Its latest tech parody takes on ad supported phones from Google meant to drive down the device's cost.  Funny, because it's true.  Users won't even remember …
Discussion: The Onion, Erictric, 9 to 5 Mac and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:alexia
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Marco.org:
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Is the iPad Driving E-Book Piracy, and Does It Matter?
Discussion: TUAW