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Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed: Week of May 9

With the annual Google I/O Developer Conference kicking off in San Francisco and a major Microsoft acquisition, this week has been a groundbreaking one for the technology industry.  On Monday, Motorola Mobility expanded its Medios offerings by acquiring SunUp Digital Systems, which will contribute best-of-breed solutions for contract rights and live capture.  We’re all curious about what will come of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype and look forward to checking out YouTube’s online movie rental service.

What do you think about the Microsoft acquisition?  What do you like most about Skype now and how do you think leveraging the Microsoft ecosystem will benefit/impede users?  We would love to hear your thoughts.  

1. Google TV Gets the Android Market

May 10, 2011

By Jolie O’Dell, Mashable

‎Google announced Tuesday its Google TV devices will now be able to access customized apps through the Android Market. Made-for-TV websites have been part of Google TV’s value proposition since its launch, as have onboard apps including Netflix, Twitter, Pandora, Napster and more. However, Tuesday’s announcement means developers can make and sell apps for Google TV through the Android Market.

2. Motorola adds SunUp to multiscreen platform

May 10, 2011

By Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Wireless

With its portfolio spanning smartphones, tablets and set-top boxes, Motorola Mobility should be well positioned for the trend towards multiscreen content. With an eye on this market, it has acquired SunUp Digital Systems, a software house specializing in video delivery to multiple devices.

 3. Uncertain implications for Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype

May 10, 2011

By Daniel W. Rasmus, Fast Company
Microsoft sometimes acts like a mature, patient Asian firm, willing to invest large amounts of money and then bide its time for the investment to bear fruit. The Skype acquisition may be one of these times, and then again, if could just be another Microsoft acquisition where a year or two down the road we all wonder what happened to Skype.

4. YouTube Rivals Netflix, Amazon in Streaming 3000 Movies

May 10, 2011

By Clint Boulton, eWeek

YouTube launches its rental service with 3000 movie titles to get people to spend some of their allotted TV time on the video-sharing Website. YouTube will sell various and sundry popular Hollywood films, as well as a smattering of independent and foreign fare in the U.S. through its new YouTube Movies Website.

5. The Future Of TV Is A Connected, Social, Multi-Screened Extravaganza‎

May 12, 2011

By Staff Writer, WorldTVPC.com

Connected TV sales are exploding, bringing with them a plethora of apps and widgets that give TV viewers a less passive experience. However, the TV of the future will be better, it will be a connected multi-screen experience that transforms how people watch content.

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