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7:10 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Yahoo Thinking?  Buying Associated Content Opens Up A Whole Can Of Worms  —  Yahoo will look a little more like AOL and Demand Media with its acquisition today of Associated Content.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but AdAge is reporting that the deal was north of $100 million.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
X-Plane for Officejet?  HP to Put Palm's webOS in Printers  —  That Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) plans to use Palm's (PALM) WebOS in smartphones, netbooks and tablets is self evident.  That it intends to use it in printers as well?  Well, that's a bit of a surprise, although given the size of HP's printing business, it shouldn't have been.
Discussion: PreCentral.net, ZDNet and EverythingPre
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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 …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Twitter for iPhone Goes Live  —  Last night we noticed that Tweetie 2 was pulled from the App Store, and it made us think that the official client called “Twitter for iPhone” would come soon.  Well, Twitter for iPhone is now live in the App Store, just follow this link.  (it's still propagating in the App Store)
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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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
LifeLock CEO's Identity Stolen 13 Times  —  Apparently, when you publish your Social Security number prominently on your website and billboards, people take it as an invitation to steal your identity.  —  LifeLock CEO Todd Davis, whose number is displayed in the company's ubiquitous advertisements, has by now learned that lesson.
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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook to Launch “Simplistic” Privacy Choices Soon  —  Reacting to the latest privacy backlash, Facebook will be rolling out new “simplistic” privacy options for its users in the coming weeks, according to Facebook head of public policy Tim Sparapani.  —  “Now we've heard from our users …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues Salesforce.com, alleging patent infringement  —  Microsoft is filing suit this afternoon against Salesforce.com, alleging that the San Francisco company's customer-relationship management service violates nine of its patents.  The complaint, in U.S. District Court in Seattle …
Discussion: Beyond Binary and ZDNet, Thanks:nealrichter
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.
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 …
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.
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?
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
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Discussion: GigaOM and Tech Eye
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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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Shazam shares big numbers: 75 million users, over 1 billion songs identified
Marco.org:
The iPad doesn't need to do everything
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Dylan Donnelly / Sky News:
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