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Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

In the largest-ever deal for Microsoft, the company has agreed to buy Internet telephony company Skype for $8.5 billion. Microsoft promises to continue to invest in Skype clients for non-Microsoft platforms.Show full article

New Take Control Book Explains Scrivener 2

Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2” shows you the ins and outs of the powerful and flexible Scrivener 2, the acclaimed writers’ software from Literature & Latte that’s designed for long-form writing projects.Show full article

Dolly Drive Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our newest TidBITS sponsor, the backup service Dolly Drive, which brings online backups to Apple’s Time Machine! Show full article

LastPass Acknowledges Possible Security Breach

The online password management site LastPass may have suffered a breach recently, and while there’s no direct evidence that customer data was stolen (and any that may have been taken was fully encrypted), the event highlights both the dangers of online storage and how responsible companies handle such situations.Show full article

Solve Mac Startup Problems by Reseating RAM

Faced with a dead Mac Pro and a flashing power LED, Adam determines that he needs to reseat the memory in his Mac. But when a simple reseating doesn’t work, he has to go further to solve the problem.Show full article

Small iOS Developers Targeted over In-App Purchase Patents

Several small iOS developers have received patent infringement claims for using Apple’s in-app purchasing in their apps. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 May 2011

Notable software releases this week include Sandvox 2.0, iPhoto 9.1.3, Corel Painter 12, Mactracker 6.0.1, Snapz Pro X 2.3.0, and Acorn 3.0.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 16 May 2011

The beauty of the Web is that there are so many little facts that might be nice to know, and someone else has already shared them. That accounts for this week’s collection of links, noting 1Password’s creator’s name change, the appearance of the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox, and the tweaky fact that you can’t replace the new iMac’s main hard drive.Show full article

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