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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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Done Deal!  Big Deal.  Smart Deal?  Microsoft Buys Skype For $8.5 Billion In Cash  —  The deal is done.  Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion in cash in its first sizeable acquisition since August 2008, when the Redmond software giant spent $486 million on Greenfield Online.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype Confirms: We're Coming to Xbox, Outlook, Windows Phone & More  —  In the wake of today's confirmed acquisition of Skype by Microsoft Corp., tech press, analysts and armchair quarterbacks alike have been busy speculating why Microsoft would buy Skype (and why it spent $8.5 billion to do so).
Discussion: BaltTech, GigaOM and Guardian
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Skype and Kinect could be Microsoft's new killer combo  —  Microsoft's blockbuster agreement to acquire Skype is all but assured now, with multiple reports citing a purchase price of $8.5 billion, including assumption of debt.  The deal is already raising lots of eyebrows …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion; creates new business division
Antony Bruno / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Music to Launch Tuesday — Without Licenses … Proving unable to come to an agreement with all the major labels for the music service it originally wanted, Google is going to pull an Amazon and unveil a digital music locker service without any licensing deals at all during a keynote tomorrow …
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Get more into movies on YouTube  —  Here at YouTube, we can't get enough video.  When it comes to movies, we're just as excited: YouTube hosts a great selection of movie trailers and showcases a variety of independent films in our Screening Room; last year we announced the ability to rent movies …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Partners With Sony Pictures, Universal And Warner Brothers For YouTube Movies
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, SlashGear and TechSpot
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Biggest BitTorrent Downloading Case in U.S. History Targets 23,000 Defendants  —  At least 23,000 file sharers soon will likely get notified they are being sued for downloading the Expendables in what has become the single largest illegal-BitTorrent-downloading case in U.S. history.
John Markoff / Bits:
The iPad in Your Hand: As Fast as a Supercomputer of Yore  —  It's common wisdom that the computer you can hold in the palm of your hand today is as powerful as a computer from years ago that filled an entire room.  —  But now Jack Dongarra, one of the computer scientists who keeps track …
Discussion: SlashGear
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive New Data Center Set To Host Nuance Tech; Partnership Announcement Due At WWDC  —  Last Friday, we posted about the negotiations between Apple and voice recognition company Nuance.  While these talks have been going on for months, sources told us that it wasn't yet entirely clear …
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
Adobe Releases First Three Photoshop Touch Apps for iPad  —  Adobe first announced its first three Photoshop Touch applications at Photoshop World back in March, and they're now available to download from the App Store.  Color Lava, Eazel and Nav are all designed for the iPad and aim to enhance …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As A Stable Build Appears And Avatars Align, A Full Chrome OS Launch Seems Imminent  —  We're just a few hours away from the kick off of Google I/O — the search giant's huge annual conference for all things Google.  Well, most things.  The social stuff isn't being talked about.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3 WebKit source code after complaints from developers  —  After complaints about Apple's delayed compliance with open source licensing requirements for WebKit began gaining traction, Apple released the iOS 4.3 WebKit source code on Monday.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube Launches Live Captions at Google I/O  —  YouTube is launching captions for its live video feeds at Google I/O Tuesday.  The new feature will be unveiled with the Google I/O live video stream, but it is also going to be available to any YouTube Live partner, according …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
MacNN:
ASUS makes just 350K Eee PCs due to iPad, ‘killer’ model due  —  ASUS has had to whittle back its Eee PC shipments after sustained impact from tablets like the iPad, tipsters said Monday evening.  It moved just 350,000 netbooks in April after tablets still “significantly impacted the demand,” Digitimes claimed.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Anonymous IDs on iPhones, iPads Can Reveal Your Identity  —  Each iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch contains a “unique device identifier” that can potentially be linked to a customer's real-world identity, according to a security researcher.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and MediaPost
James Somers / The Atlantic Online:
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun  —  The modern trader is playing the most sophisticated, dynamic, immersive game in the world.  Here's how it works — and why your job might be the next to turn into a massively multiplayer experience.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple  —  PCs have come a long way since the PC  —  In desperate need for something - anything - to stop the advance of the iPad and Android, Microsoft is trying to convince consumers that the PC is as modern a computing device as any tablet.
Vangelis Kokkevis / Google Chrome Blog:
Fancier graphics, safer downloads, and more privacy controls  —  Today's beta channel release includes a number of additions, as well as one subtraction!  —  First, we've made Chrome's graphics snazzier.  We've finished implementing support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AddThis Indeed: Clearspring Raises $20 Million As It Rides Social Sharing Boom  —  The name Clearspring Technologies may not be terribly familiar to you, but chances are you've often clicked on or at least come across its AddThis buttons, which are plastered on publisher sites Web-wide.
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Survey: 7.5M Facebook users below minimum age  —  A survey published in the June issue of Consumer Reports (available now) found that “of the 20 million minors who actively use Facebook,” 7.5 million were younger than 13 and more than five million were younger than 10.
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Cellphones get emergency alerts  —  Consumers will get emergency alerts for hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters on their cellphones as part of a new alert network to be announced Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission.  —  The Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Showcases Another Deep Facebook Integration  —  While Facebook has been busy denying the existence of any single “Facebook phone” and instead pointing out that there are many such devices, Sony Ericsson is coming to market with a line of phones this spring that ties …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Foxconn denies making workers sign no-suicide pact  —  Foxconn on Monday issued a formal response to reports from last week claiming the Chinese electronics manufacturer makes its employees sign a document promising they will not commit suicide or hold the company liable if they do.
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
New Google Goggles app turns your phone into the perfect business card scanner  —  Poised to be demoed at Google I/O, the Google Goggles Android app got quite a sizable update today.  Since its inception, Goggles has helped us read QR codes, find better deals than your local store's …
 
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