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9:15 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.
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
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Puts Gmail Gadgets Into Outlook  —  Earlier today, Google announced a new Gmail API that allows developers to create contextual gadgets for Gmail.  Google itself uses this API so that when somebody sends you a link to a YouTube video in an email, the video gets embedded right inside the email.
Thanks:xobni
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Gist brings social email data into Gmail
Discussion: TNW Apps and Mashable!
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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 …
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.”
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Sprint Says Pre Didn't Work Out, Wants iPhone  —  Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently assured investors that the nations' third-largest provider of wireless services has seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up.  Brust also accidentally ate his foot …
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.
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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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
GQ's iPad App Does...Okay  —  So we're six weeks past the iPad launch.  Has Apple's gadget saved the publishing business yet?  —  Nope.  But it might be generating a few extra bucks.  —  Publishers are being tight-lipped and/or vague about their iPad sales, but here's some directional news …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
A Look Back at Steve Jobs' 2003 Stock Options Swap Reveals $10 Billion Opportunity Lost  —  MarketWatch takes a look at “what might have been”, examining Apple CEO Steve Jobs' decision to accept a March 2003 offer from the company to exchange his existing stock options for new ones …
Jonathan Rochelle / The Official Google Blog:
Simplify common tasks with the new Google Apps Script  —  Last year at our Google I/O Developer Conference, we launched Google Apps Script, a software tool that lets you customize and automate Google Apps.  Today, on the verge of our first birthday, we're releasing significant updates to Google Apps Script …
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.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Symantec to buy VeriSign's security unit for $1.3B, reports say  —  VeriSign has been shopping for buyers, Reuters adds  —  Computerworld - Security vendor Symantec Corp. is reported to be close to buying Internet infrastructure services vendor VeriSign Inc.'s security business for $1.3 billion.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 
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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
Discussion: paidContent, Music Ally and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook refresh gets official with 10-hour battery
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kindle For Android Hits This Summer — And You Can Buy Books In It