10 Quick Tech Links: Mass Layoffs at 38 Studios, Google Reveals Takedown Requests and More

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Here’s a handful of interesting tech stories from around the web for Friday, May 25.

Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios lays off all staff [Boston Globe]

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, has laid off all of its employees in the wake of financial difficulties, according to a key company consultant.

Exclusive: HP’s core webOS Enyo team is going to Google [The Verge]

The HP team responsible for Enyo — webOS’s HTML5-based application framework that debuted on the TouchPad — will be leaving the company and starting at Google shortly…

Security Expert Fools, Records Fake Antivirus Scammers [Dark Reading]

Fake antivirus scammers recently got more than they bargained for when they unknowingly dialed the home number of a Sourcefire security researcher who then lured them to an impromptu honeypot and recorded their activity on his machine.

Google names names on copyright takedowns; Microsoft is #1 [Ars Technica]

The data shows that, since July 2011, 2.5 million takedown requests have been filed on behalf of Microsoft. NBC Universal, the next highest, made only 985,000.

Apple CEO gives up $75 million in dividend income [Reuters]

Cook had asked to be excluded from a recently instituted company program through which employees can accumulate dividends on their restricted stock units that are still vesting.

What Yahoo Founder Jerry Yang Should’ve Learned From Firefox In 2005 [Fast Company]

Former Mozilla CEO John Lilly watched Yang blow his top when presented with a browser that put Yahoo competitors front and center. Seven years later, Yahoo finally got around to launching a browser of its own.

How Google Can Beat Facebook Without Google Plus [The Atlantic]

Look, Google, we’ve got a plan to help you win on social. There’s only one catch: You have to give up on the notion that animates Google Plus.

PayPal strikes deals with 15 retailers [Reuters]

For retailers, the service may attract more shoppers, provide more information about consumers, and help reduce costs associated with credit card payments.

Is that smile real or fake? [MIT News]

Can you tell which of these smiles is showing happiness? Or which one is the result of frustration? A computer system developed at MIT can.

Google Introduces in-App Subscriptions for Android [Wired]

Google launched in-app subscriptions for Android apps on Thursday, copying, and in some ways improving on, a model carved out by Apple.

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