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6:00 PM ET, May 18, 2010

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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.
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Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Welcoming Associated Content to the Yahoo! Family  —  Yahoo! & Associated Content @ Yahoo! Video  —  Today we announced we are acquiring Associated Content, a pioneer in delivering crowd sourced content.  We are at their headquarters today talking with employees and I spent a few minutes talking …
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Yahoo Thinking?  Buying Associated Content Opens Up A Whole Can Of Worms
Discussion: PC World and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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
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
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.
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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 …
Chandrashekar Raghavan / Google Enterprise Blog:
Putting email in context with Gmail contextual gadgets  —  Since launching the Google Apps Marketplace in March, Google Apps administrators have deployed integrated third party apps to more than one million users, and today we're excited to build on this momentum with the launch of a new Gmail API …
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.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
HP quarterly revenue up 13 percent to $30.8 billion  —  Hewlett-Packard slightly beat expectations with another positive quarter as revenue climbed 13 percent from a year ago to $30.8 billion.  —  That amounted to second-quarter 2010 earnings per share of $1.09, up from 86 cents per share from the same quarter a year ago.
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
Sid Murlidhar / Facebook Blog:
Fast and Free Facebook Mobile Access with 0.facebook.com  —  Today, we are launching another way for people to access Facebook anytime, anywhere: 0.facebook.com. 0.facebook.com is a new mobile site that includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mediagazer: From zero to big traffic driver in just two short months  —  Last week we were perusing our Google Analytics report here at the Lab and one data point stood out: A site barely two months old had inched into our top 10 referring sites for the previous month.
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 …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
GM teams with Google for maps and apps  —  The mystery company helping GM's OnStar isn't a mystery anymore.  —  Google I/O is turning out to be a pretty interesting conference this year with GM now acknowledging the speculation that they are working with Google.
 
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook to Launch “Simplistic” Privacy Choices Soon
Discussion: VentureBeat and Guardian
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FTC probes privacy concerns with digital copiers
Nick Spence / Macworld UK:
London to get full wi-fi coverage by 2012 Olympics
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
IBM supercomputer mixes Intel, Nvidia chips
Discussion: GigaOM, Tech Eye and eWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Chasing Consumers, Cisco to Buy Design House Moto
Discussion: Engadget, Cisco and SlashGear
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Search-engine spam targeting popular news items
Discussion: PC World and WebProNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Best Buy's Digital Movie Service Launches Under CinemaNow Name
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Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
New webcams bring Skype to your TV
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Crosses the 500-Million Threshold, ComScore Says
Marco.org:
The iPad doesn't need to do everything
Discussion: BetaNews and Gizmodo
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
7 Lessons Learned While Building Reddit to 270 Million Page Views a Month