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6:25 AM ET, May 11, 2011

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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Google To Announce Chrome Laptops-$20/Month  —  Google tomorrow will announce sales of the new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month “student package” that combines both hardware and online services, according to a senior Google executive.  —  The product is almost certainly a precursor to an enterprise offering.
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 …
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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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Skype's Road To $8 Billion  —  Skype is all-but confirmed to be acquired by Microsoft for over $8 billion, including debt.  —  It's a long road for a company founded back in 2003 that went through fundings, acquisitions, divestures, and a postponed IPO.  It started in the small country …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Skype Deal May Strain Relations With AT&T, Verizon
Discussion: Bloomberg
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Analysis: Investors slam Microsoft's Skype deal
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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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Android And Chrome: Anywhere And Everywhere  —  Google is approaching a watershed moment in its internal platform wars.  The time is nearly at hand when they will have to decide once and for all what Android is, what Chrome OS is, and where they are both going.
Discussion: Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Chief Rubin Hints At A New Nexus Device In Time For The Holidays
Discussion: TmoNews
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google announces Android @ Home
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 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google Music Beta walkthrough: what it is and how it works (video)  —  We made a few predictions about Google's (then-presumed) music service in our streaming roundup last week, and thanks to the inability of an undisclosed amount of labels to take a whiff of whatever El Goog was cooking …
Discussion: DialToSave and T3.com News
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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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Following Security Problem, Facebook Moves to OAuth 2.0, HTTPS and SSL Certificates  —  Facebook is telling developers today to plan to migrate to newer security standards on the platform — a mostly-planned migration whose roadmap was accelerated because of a data leak discovered by security firm Symantec.
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.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Apple, Google Privacy Hearing Marked By Confusion, Distractions  —  In a hearing marked by odd points and side-tracks, representatives from Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) told a Senate committee today that their policies do, in fact, do a lot to protect users' privacy.
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OUT-LAW News:
Google infringes copyright when its services link to newspaper sites, Belgian court rules  —  A Belgian appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that Google infringes on newspapers' copyright when its services display and link to content from newspaper websites, according to press reports.
Discussion: The Register and The Prior Art
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.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Revised 'Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too  —  Surprise!  After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn't shrink in scope—it got much broader.  Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers …
Discussion: Techdirt
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google and Ford Team Up to Make Your Next Car Smarter  —  At Google's I/O developer conference today, Ford announced a new research project that will use Google's prediction API to help drivers save gas and drive more efficiently.  Ford plans to use Google's service to analyze data …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Fails To Sway Indian Government On Web Content Restrictions  —  The Indian government has enacted tough restrictions on Internet content and publishers, ignoring objections detailed by Google in a confidential memo earlier this year.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
URGENT: Intellectual Property Consortium wants .net domains to be subject to TRADEMARK seizures and to abolish privacy-shielded .NETs  —  The Intellectual Property Constituency has asked that, as a condition of Verisign's ongoing management of the .NET top-level domain, that they should be required …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: Apple to stick with Intel for MacBooks  —  A technical Web site posted an article yesterday asserting that Apple will not replace Intel processors with an alternative design anytime in the next two to three years.  —  This follows a report on a chip rumor site last week that claimed Apple is …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Accepts Record 60+ New Startups For Summer 2011
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Opens Places API to the Public
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
PaaS PHP Fog Launches To The Public
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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
Electronista:
Windows Phone 7, Symbian ads get more hits than iOS
Discussion: Mobile Advertising … and GigaOM
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Airbnb Taps Facebook, Lets You Crash With Friends Of Friends
Discussion: The Airbnb Blog and TechCrunch
Navneet Joneja / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Storage for Developers open to all, with new features
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Groupon Pushed for IPO Filing This Week (With or Without Bankers' Help!)