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11:45 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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Why Buy Associated Content? All About Niche, Says Yahoo
Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Welcoming Associated Content to the Yahoo! Family
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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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Gist brings social email data into Gmail
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Xobni, TNW Apps and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Puts Gmail Gadgets Into Outlook
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:xobni
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tension Building At Facebook As Staffers Challenge Zuckerberg's Approach To Privacy  —  Facebook executives have been “hunkered down” for days trying to figure out what to do about the latest privacy backlash, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro says.  —  Some executives appear to disagree …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Gizmodo
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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 …
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.
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)
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zynga Saved! Five Year Deal Keeps Farmville-Maker On Facebook
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.
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Firefox Headed Towards A Massive Decline?  Its Co-Founder Thinks So  —  Quora is a great place to find answers about products from prominent people involved with them.  It's also a great place for those prominent people to disagree, publicly.  That's what's happening right now in a thread about the future of Firefox.
Discussion: parislemon
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 …
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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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Google to fight government if AdMob deal blocked  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday his company is prepared to fight the U.S. government “very hard” if regulators block the search leader's acquisition of mobile advertising firm AdMob.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
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.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Fraud Bazaar Carders.cc Hacked  —  Carders.cc, a German online forum dedicated to helping criminals trade and sell financial data stolen through hacking, has itself been hacked.  The once-guarded contents of its servers are now being traded on public file-sharing networks …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Acquires MMORPG Publisher Acclaim Games  —  Playdom is continuing its shopping spree of game developers.  The gaming giant is acquiring social game publisher Acclaim Games today.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  —  Acclaim has built a name for itself in the casual and MMORPG gaming space.
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 …
 
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Alex Williams / ReadWriteEnterprise:
Jive Names New CEO - Moves Headquarters from Portland to Palo Alto
Discussion: TechFlash, Digits and Jive Talks
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Symantec to buy VeriSign's security unit for $1.3B, reports say
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