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2:20 PM ET, August 27, 2007

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer to acquire Gateway: so long cow spots?  —  Acer — the third largest PC company globally — just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Gateway.  The acquisition has been approved unanimously by both boards and is expected to close by December 2007.  You know, following the usual international, anti-trust approvals.
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Jason Dean / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan's Acer Agrees to Acquire Gateway for About $710 Million  —  Combined Entity Also Seeks  —  To Buy Packard Bell,  —  Thwarting Lenovo Bid  —  BEIJING — Taiwan's Acer Inc. said it had reached an agreement to acquire Gateway Inc. in a deal that values the U.S. company at about $710 million …
InfoWorld:
Lenovo's plan for Packard Bell hit by Acer-Gateway deal  —  (InfoWorld) - Acer Inc.'s agreement to acquire Gateway Inc. has foiled Lenovo Group Ltd.'s plans to buy PC vendor Packard Bell BV, and could leave Acer owning both Gateway and Packard Bell.  —  On August 7, Lenovo revealed …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Xavier / notebooks.com:
Acer to Acquire Gateway, Forms World's 3rd Largest PC Company
Discussion: Christopher Null and Channel 9
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Gateway Brand to Expand After Acquisition
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot News
John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the all-new Yahoo! Mail  —  My kids, like most, love text messaging.  But while their nimble fingers can easily navigate cell phone keypads at lightening speeds, I definitely prefer a full keyboard, and am much more inclined to use email than text messaging.
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Yahoo!:
All-New Yahoo! Mail Gives People Worldwide More Ways To Connect  —  Yahoo! Mail Introduces First Free Real-Time Text Messaging Service to Mobile Phone Numbers from a Major Web Mail Provider, in Four Global Markets1  —  Yahoo! Inc., (NASDAQ: YHOO) today announced the general availability …
Discussion: Epicenter, Computerworld and Compiler
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's friend-to-friend ad network  —  If Google has its way, web advertising is about to get a whole lot friendlier - and the definition of spam a whole lot fuzzier.  —  Recently, the search giant has, as noted by Bill Slawski, filed a series of patent applications that point to a new …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fotolog Acquired by Hi Media, French Ad Network  —  EXCLUSIVE: We had previously speculated that New York-based Fotolog would be the next one to get acquired.  And we were right.  It has been acquired by Hi Media, a Paris-based interactive media company for roughly $90 million …
Discussion: paidContent.org and blogging.vc
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FotoFlexer Raises The Bar On Online Photo Editing  —  Online photo editors keep getting better and better.  For hardcore image manipulation, desktop software like Photoshop or Gimp will always have its place, but online editors are free, easy to use and a lot of fun.
Discussion: RIA pedia
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Fotoflexer: a free, easy, and powerful Web photo editor
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Want This In Photoshop Immediately  —  This image resizing and manipulation demonstration is sort of jaw dropping, particularly as the video goes on.  The related paper, written by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan is available here.  — Sphere It -
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
IPhone Unlocking: One Real Method, Two Vaporware  —  The iPhone unlocking game heated up considerable over the weekend with no less than three people/groups claiming to have unlocked the coveted Apple device.  The first and most impressive iPhone unlock comes from a New Jersey teenager and involves soldering, but most definitely works.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone double header: First native IM client AND first native IRC released  —  Big news today on the iPhone development front.  This morning brings the release of both a native instant messaging client and a native IRC client.  —  Apollo IM just entered Version Negative 1, an early beta release.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and digg
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
iPhones gets native applications for IRC and IM
ResourceShelf:
Bloglines Version 3.0 Beta Now Available to the Public  —  Bloglines* has just gone public a new beta release (available for Firefox and IE 7 browsers) with a bunch of new features, with more to come.  —  To access the beta simply go to this url: https://beta.bloglines.com/.  —  Don't like the beta?
Discussion: David Dalka
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Intel:
New Intel® vPro™ Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs  —  Next Generation Product Offers New Features and Broader Vendor Support  —  Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel® vPro™ processor technology …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Blocks Searches From US Visitors  —  This service denial seems to be a preventative measure to protect their users, when US users try to search on TorrentSpy they now get this message: … At this point it is still unclear whether the search redirect will be temporary or permanent …
Discussion: dslreports.com and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google's butt in four years  —  The only reason you'll watch these two videos is because you trust me to add value to your lives and not sell links.  —  I explain how SEO-resistant technologies like Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are about to upend the search industry.
CNNMoney.com:
MySpace reportedly may allow member ads  —  Social networking site is looking at ways to lift ban on sales, ads by members on their pages  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — MySpace is considering lifting a ban on commerce on the popular social networking site as a way to increase its own profits, according to a published report.
Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:
TorrentSpy shuts down in the U.S.  —  TorrentSpy.com, the BitTorrent tracking site facing a copyright lawsuit from the motion picture industry, is shutting down access to users in the United States, the company said in a statement late Sunday night.  —  The barring of U.S. residents …
 
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, aka the godfather of the net, predicts the end of TV as we know it
Discussion: digg
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Open-source SugarCRM eyes stock market entry
eWEEK.com:
Virtualization Market Reshapes
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Australian Internet Porn Filter Cracked By Kid; Politicians Get The Wrong Message
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AllOfMP3 set to stage a comeback
Discussion: Engadget
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Cellphone-Only Homes Hit a Milestone
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T legal hits the brakes on (commercial) iPhone unlocks
Discussion: Inquirer
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Bookstores Begin Slow Descent Into Obsolescence
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
WGA failure highlights major flaw in Microsoft's anti-piracy strategy
Nokia:
Comfort and connectivity - Nokia serves up the complete in-car solution
PC World:
University students don't question Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Paul Graham on Y Combinator - startup incubator
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Business intelligence: The next frontier
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
'South Park' Creators Win Ad Sharing in Deal