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3:35 PM ET, May 10, 2011

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire Skype  —  Combined companies will benefit consumers, businesses and increase market opportunity.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT") and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion; creates new business division  —  The rumors were right.  Microsoft announced on May 10 that it bought Skype, an Internet communications maker, for $8.5 billion.  —  Instead of trying to mash Skype into an existing Microsoft business division …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Irony Alert: Marc Andreessen Talks About Microsoft Forking Over $8.5B for Skype  —  I guess it's finally time to declare that Marc Andreessen's bruising and life-altering battle with Microsoft is officially over.  —  That would be $8.5 billion over.  —  From the software giant anti-trusting …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Microsoft is Buying Skype for $8.5 Billion  —  Updated at 12 midnight: Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion, in an all cash deal.  The deal closed a few hours ago.  The Wall Street Journal confirmed the news after we had first reported it yesterday.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype Confirms: We're Coming to Xbox, Outlook, Windows Phone & More
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Skype and Kinect could be Microsoft's new killer combo
Discussion: CNN, GigaOM, GMSV, Ars Technica and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:johnhcook
Bill Rigby / Reuters:   Analysis: Investors slam Microsoft's Skype deal
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Microsoft Buys Skype
Discussion: The Next Web
Hugo Barra / The Official Google Blog:
Android: momentum, mobile and more at Google I/O  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Code Blog)  —  This morning at Google I/O, the Android team shared some updates.  It's hard to believe a little more than two and a half years ago, we were just one device, launching in one country, on one carrier.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google announces Android @ Home  —  Google announced on Tuesday a new feature of the Android operating system called Android @ Home.  The framework and associated functions transform an Android device into a home automation controller that connects and directs all of the devices and appliances in the user's home.
Matt Burns / MobileCrunch:
Ice Cream Sandwich To Bring New UI, Framework To Android  —  The next major release of Android comes just in time for hot summer days.  Ice Cream Sandwich, as it's called, is well, Google's “most ambitious” release yet.  And look!  A new logo!  —  Google says they wanted to create an OS that runs everywhere.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
What Google's Andy Rubin Means When He Says Android Is Open  —  Although critics say that Google is not being genuine when it calls Android open, the operating system's creator defends its description as open-at least if you define open the same way he does.
Discussion: TechCrunch, NetworkEffect and Engadget
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
HUGE: Streaming Movie Rentals Are Coming To The Android Market Starting Today
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple, Google detail mobile privacy policies before US Senate subcommittee  —  Apple Vice President of Software Technology Guy L.  “Bud” Tribble spoke to members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and reiterated his company's position that it makes user privacy one of its highest priorities.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ wants wireless providers to store user info  —  The U.S. Department of Justice today called for new laws requiring mobile providers to collect and store information about their customers, a proposal that pits it against privacy advocates and even other federal agencies.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Video: Apple's Senate testimony now public
Discussion: digiday:DAILY, Thanks:jdalrymple
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Music Is “Completely Legal”, But Label Cooperation Would Make It Better  —  Google Music is a “completely legal service” says Jamie Rosenberg, Google's director of digital content.  —  That might come as news to the record labels who have pursued legal action against similar locker services like MP3tunes.com over the years.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaMemo
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Matthew Panzarino / TheNextWeb:
Google's Music Beta iTunes competitor just went live  —  We all knew Google is going to announce their new Google Music service today because they leaked the news last night.  The service has now gone live and is available for US users only to request and invitation.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Without The Labels, Google's Music Locker Service Will Look Like Apple's Ugly Sibling. Again.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe issues CSS Web publishing prototype  —  Adobe's CSS Regions and CSS Exclusions technology lets text flow within defined regions or around defined regions.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Hoping to bring magazine-style layout tools to Web publishing, Adobe Systems tonight released …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Groupon Pushed for IPO Filing This Week (With or Without Bankers' Help!)  —  According to sources close to the situation, social buying phenom Groupon was pressing to file for its expected IPO as soon as this week, even before its bankers had a chance to complexify the situation.
Discussion: SAI
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for the iOS Virtual Keyboard, Cover Flow and a Never Released iPad Design and More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  The notables within this group include patents for iLife's iDVD application …
Discussion: App Advice, RazorianFly, TUAW and MacStories
 
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Jordan Crook / MobileCrunch:
400 Percent Increase In Android Malware; Mobile Security Threats At Record High
Discussion: @mrinaldesai
Ryan J. Reilly / TPM Idea Lab:
Facebook To Feds: Our Campaign Ad Slots Are Too Small For Disclosure
Peter Kruse / CSIS Security Group:
CSIS Blog: Complete ZeuS sourcecode has been leaked to the masses
Discussion: Inquirer and Dennis Fisher
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AddThis Indeed: Clearspring Raises $20 Million As It Rides Social Sharing Boom
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Survey: 7.5M Facebook users below minimum age
Discussion: Digital Trends, All Facebook and eWeek
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube Launches Live Captions at Google I/O
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and MarketingVOX
MacNN:
ASUS makes just 350K Eee PCs due to iPad, ‘killer’ model due
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and DigiTimes
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Showcases Another Deep Facebook Integration
Discussion: Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Climate change ‘threatens UK wi-fi connections’, says government report
Discussion: Telegraph and Inquirer
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Anonymous IDs on iPhones, iPads Can Reveal Your Identity
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
James Somers / The Atlantic Online:
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple
Discussion: Fortune, Hardware 2.0 Blog and SAI
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3 WebKit source code after complaints from developers
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog and TUAW
John Markoff / Bits:
The iPad in Your Hand: As Fast as a Supercomputer of Yore
Discussion: SlashGear