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4:55 PM ET, September 17, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash  —  Yahoo will announce the acquisition of open source online/offline office suite Zimbra this evening, we just heard through a very solid source.  The price: $350 million, in cash, confirmed.  —  Our coverage of Zimbra goes back to 2005.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Buys Zimbra for $350 Million  —  Yahoo is set to make yet another acquisition-this time of white-label open-source email provider Zimbra.  Sources close to the deal said that the Internet portal will pay $350 million, considerably upwards of its most recent valuation, for the email and calendar provider.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 1: Search & Discovery  —  Session one as follows, including our live notes.  —  Powerset  —  Powerset is a natural language search engine that can use everyday phrases and grammer to conduct more accruate web searches by understanding the search query and the pages it indexes.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TC40: Mobile and Communications  —  Next up at TechCrunch 40 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, where connectivity is a crap shoot, is a panel on mobile and communications companies.  —  The judges are the same as the last panel: Wired's Chris Anderson, Netscape founder Mark Andreessen …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TechCrunch40: Search and Discovery
Discussion: Digital Daily, Valleywag and CrunchGear
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Cubic Telecom hopes to make global roaming reasonable
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online  —  Couldn't snag a ticket to this year's TechCrunch40 conference?  Head on over to techcrunch40.com to follow the action online.  —  We've put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening.
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Washington Post:
AOL Moving Headquarters to New York  —  AOL is moving its corporate headquarters from Dulles to New York, the company announced today, ending a saga that helped cement Washington as a center of the technology boom but also gave rise to corporate scandal and ill-fated dealmaking.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
AOL, Which Made "Dulles" A Town, Heads to NYC
Discussion: New York Times and InfoWorld
BBC:
Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal  —  Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.  —  The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
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Yahoo! News:
China man dies after three-day Internet session  — China man dies after three-day Internet session  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.
Discussion: WSJ.com and Game | Life
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Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
When gamers go too far: 30 year old man dies from "gaming binge"
Discussion: Download Squad
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus  —  A batch of laptops pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium was found to have been infected with a 13-year-old boot sector virus.  —  Those of you with a long memory will vividly recall the year 1994: Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain died …
Sprint:
Sprint Customers in Select Areas of Denver and Indianapolis Get AIRAVE for Enhanced In-Home Coverage and Unlimited Calling  —  Sprint introduces industry-first femtocell that works with any Sprint phone for convenient, reliable wireless use at home  —  Media Contacts:  —  Emmy Anderson, Sprint, 913-707-0618
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint Airave signal booster goes on sale today — in Denver and Indy
Discussion: dslreports.com
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Free online music service launches  —  LOS ANGELES - SpiralFrog.com, an ad-supported Web site that allows visitors to download music and videos free of charge, was scheduled to launch Monday in the U.S. and Canada after months of "beta" testing.  —  The music service, which has arranged …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Profy.Com, DailyTech and 901am
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
SpiralFrog's "free" music download service goes live
Discussion: Ars Technica
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia gets into mobile advertising  —  Nokia continues its path towards being a consumer-service provider with its acquisition of Enpocket, a specialist in the delivery of targeted mobile advertising.  —  Enpocket is a leader in mobile advertising, using technologies such as MMS, WAP …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Nokia To Acquire Mobile Advertising Firm Enpocket
Discussion: Xconomy, SMS Text News and alarm:clock
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?  —  Venture capitalists invested about six percent more into Web 2.0 companies in the first half of 2007, but the increase was attributable to more deals in Europe and Israel.  —  Notably, early investors in Web 2.0 slowed their pace.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project  —  Peer-to-peer (P2P) poisoning company MediaDefender suffered an embarrassing leak this weekend, when almost 700MB of internal company e-mail was distributed on the Internet via BitTorrent.  The e-mails reveal many aspects …
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
A simple plan to slash the price of tunes for your iPod  —  I'm back at my favorite record store and I see a guy approach the owner with a proposition: "I want to buy music to put it on my iPod and then resell the disc to you."  Intrigued, I jumped into the conversation, egging the guy on.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treo 500 Unboxed  —  As promised Palm has sent me a brand new Treo 500 to review and I have to admit that I have not had the opportunity to be this excited about a new Treo in quite a while - it's a very slick, slim and light smartphone that feels absolutely great in your hands …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile
 
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Kate Greene / Technology Review:
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Reuters:
UPDATE 1-InfoSpace to sell online directory business to Idearc
BBC:
Hi-tech crime 'is big business'
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Dreamforce 07: Salesforce rolls out Visualforce
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Social networking sites breaking free from the PC
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James Rivington / Tech.co.uk:
Blu-ray and HD DVD formats set to co-exist
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
NEWS.com.au:
Iran blocks and then unblocks Google
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Readers Endorse Switch to Apple
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Roald Dahl Logo Was Pulled
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
EMusic, a Song-Download Site, to Offer Audiobooks
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet