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6:20 PM ET, May 8, 2011

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Skype Rumors: Big News Soon, Microsoft In The Mix  —  For the past week or so, rumors have been swirling around Skype, the Internet telephony company.  Reuters has reported that the company has been in talks with both Facebook and Google, either for a partnership or for an outright acquisition.
Discussion: WinRumors, Neowin.net and VoIP Watch, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Quora:
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?  —  Answer (1 of 49): * Anything that makes programming “easy for non-programmers or businesspeople”  —  * Micropayments  —  * T-Shirts (except Threadless (and Busted Tees ... thanks Adam Kazwell))  —  * Recommendations based on what your friends like
Discussion: StartupMuse
William Quigley / TechCrunch:
The Next 10 Years Will Be Great For Both Founders And VCs  —  Earlier this week I issued a report about the positive changes that have recently taken place in the venture capital industry.  These changes are profound and will have a lasting effect on both the venture capital asset class as well as today's start-ups.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!  —  Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon's new cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one glaring problem: it didn't work on iOS devices.  You might think this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS wasn't compatible with, but it wasn't.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Tech Press: Screw Them All  —  Last week I wrote a post about my current investment policy at TechCrunch, and pointing out already disclosed financial conflicts of interest.  Our primary duty to readers, as I've said many times, is transparency.  To that end we will (as we always have) …
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Tim Carmody / @tcarmody:   Biggest difference between Michael Arrington & Kara Swisher: if Kara gets a great story about a new company, she's not going to marry them.
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
How People Share Content Online and With Whom?  —  A recent study done by AOL and Neilsen offers interesting insights into how people share content on the web and what kind of content do they prefer sharing.  —  Email is still the most preferred mode for sharing content with friends and family …
The H Security:
The Tor Project plans a Firefox fork  —  The Tor project has announced that it is to launch its own fork of Firefox that will include Tor integration.  At present, users who want to use the decentralised Tor network to browse the internet anonymously install the Firefox extension Torbutton and additional Tor software.
Discussion: Engadget and OStatic blogs
RELATED:
Sean Michael Kerner:   A Firefox Tor Fork? I don't think so
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the urban driver's most agonizing everyday experience: the search for an empty parking place.  —  It is part sleuthing and part blood sport.  Circling, narrowly missing a spot, outmaneuvering other motorists …
Thanks:cltom
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Intel 3-D Transistors: Why and When?  —  A few days ago, Intel teased: On May 4th, the company would make “its most significant technology announcement of the year.”  —  Tongues wagged.  Will Intel make ARM chips for Apple?  The speculation has roots in reality.
John Gaudiosi / Game On:
Gamers Can Kill Osama Bin Laden in New Video Game Recreation of Assassination  —  New York-based online game publisher Kuma Games is allowing gamers to assassinate Osama Bin Laden and experience what the brave Navy SEALs went through in Pakistan through a new free PC video game.
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Skype's Dangerous Exploit: What You Need to Know  —  What is the vulnerability?  —  PureHacking, an Australian security research firm published a blog post describing a vulnerability and proof of concept exploit affecting Skype for Mac.  —  The researchers at PureHacking and the developers …
Discussion: RazorianFly and MacNN
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet  —  Firms Make Only 8,000 H-1B Immigration Petitions as Weak Economy, Higher Fees and Jobs Overseas Depress Demand  —  A visa program designed to supply skilled foreign workers to companies in the U.S. has slowed sharply, attracting about 50% fewer petitions …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
“Inside Apple” Reveals Steve Jobs Anecdotes, Apple's Little Known Facts  —  In Adam Lashinsky's latest feature story on Fortune magazine's new issue — available now on the iPad at $4.99 as single in-app purchase, and free for Fortune subscribers — the author reveals several unknown anecdotes …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
What It's Like When Steve Jobs Chews You Out For A Product Failure
Discussion: Macgasm
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Soon, AOL's AIM Won't Require A Separate Login To Chat With Contacts In Gmail
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Apple Moving To Close Gap With Android On Speech, Navigation
Discussion: I4U News and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
David Segal / New York Times:
Trying to Game Google on 'Mother's Day Flowers'
Louis Gray:
Quora Opens Doors to Self Promoters, Bias and Marketeers
Discussion: Quora
Umika Pidaparthy / CNN:
What you should know about iTunes' 56-page legal terms
Discussion: Gizmodo