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10:40 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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Confirmed: Qik will become part of Microsoft, too  —  Hey, for $8.5 billion, you'd expect a little extra as part of a deal, and it turns out that Microsoft's Skype acquisition will include a bonus in the form of Qik, the streaming mobile video company acquired by Skype for $121 million this year.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Analysis: Investors slam Microsoft's Skype deal  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's move to buy money-losing Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion was immediately skewered by critics and investors, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant is paying far too much.
Discussion: MediaFile and USA Today
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:   Microsoft's Skype Deal May Strain Relations With AT&T, Verizon
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer's email about Skype acquisition: ‘Exciting times!’
Discussion: BoomTown and Hardware 2.0 Blog
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Microsoft Buys Skype
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and The Next Web
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype Confirms: We're Coming to Xbox, Outlook, Windows Phone & More
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Chief Rubin Hints At A New Nexus Device In Time For The Holidays
Discussion: TmoNews
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.
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Apple, Google Privacy Hearing Marked By Confusion, Distractions
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Testifies on Mobile Privacy, Location Cache Encryption Coming to iOS
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Google's Music Beta first look: it's miserable  —  Google's Music Beta is supposed to provide users with a way to access the music anywhere, anytime as easily as physically possible.  —  But it's just not that easy.  —  I've spent the past few hours trying to navigate my way through Music Beta …
Discussion: TheNextWeb and blog.chron.com
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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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google takes surprise $500M charge over DOJ ad investigation  —  Google's Form 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made public this afternoon, contains an unexpected $500 million charge for the first quarter that wasn't reported in the company's quarterly results.
Nishant Doshi / Symantec Blog:
Facebook Applications Accidentally Leaking Access to Third Parties  —  Third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users' accounts including profiles, photographs, chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Facebook plugs third-party access to user accounts
Discussion: PC World
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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Photo shows alleged 7th-gen Apple iPod nano with 1.3MP camera, no clip  —  Yet another piece of evidence shows that the next iPod nano will retain its same small form factor and multi-touch screen, but add a camera to the rear side of the diminutive device and strangely ditch the built-in clip.
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: Digital Trends and PC Magazine
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga teams up with Lady Gaga through GagaVille  —  Zynga is rocking out with Lady Gaga.  In a first of its kind partnership, the social game publisher has created a marketing alliance with the pop icon so that fans will be able to connect with Gaga-inspired wares in Zynga games.
 
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K. T. Bradford / LAPTOP Magazine:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Opens Places API to the Public
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and Neowin.net, Thanks:rwwmike
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
T-Mobile snaps up ‘SnapPad’ trademark and domains, inadvertently teases tablet?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Finally Delivers On Promise Of Admin-Free Chrome Frame Installs For IE
Discussion: InfoWorld and Neowin.net
Royal Pingdom:
WordPress.com about to hit 20 million blogs. Tumblr in hot pursuit.
Discussion: Betabeat, Thanks:pingdom
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Groupon Now is live! Offers local deals at any time, wherever you are.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
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Discussion: The Airbnb Blog and TechCrunch
Navneet Joneja / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Storage for Developers open to all, with new features
Discussion: Google Code Blog and OStatic blogs
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Just Weeks Away, A Preview Of The Google +1 Button For Websites
Discussion: SAI
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe issues CSS Web publishing prototype