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1:00 PM ET, January 16, 2008

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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
Helping Dolphins Fly  —  We announced big news today - our preliminary results for our fiscal second quarter, and as importantly, that we're acquiring MySQL AB.  —  If you're interested in the financial details for the quarter, tune in to our conference call (see details on sun.com) today …
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Sun To Acquire MySQL  —  Sun Microsystems announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire open source database leader MySQL AB for $1 billion in cash and assumed stock options.  (Disclosure: I am on the board of directors of MySQL, and O'Reilly co-produces the MySQL User Conference with MySQL.
Discussion: Profy.Com, MacDailyNews and Kwiqq Blog
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Sun Shines on LAMP  —  This morning we announced that Sun Microsystems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL.  Having spent the last four plus years working on making MySQL into a strong independent company, this is a bit of a change of strategy, but from my perspective it's all for the good.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Sun to fork out $1 billion for open-source firm MySQL  —  Sun Microsystems will plunk down $1 billion to buy MySQL, the maker of a popular open-source database.  —  Sun said Wednesday that it will pay about $800 million in cash for MySQL's stock and take on about $200 million worth of options.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun acquires MySQL; Adds to its software stack  —  Updated: Sun Microsystems is taking the plunge into the database market with the purchase of open source database developer MySQL for $1 billion ($800 million in cash in exchange for all MySQL stock and assumption of approximately $200 million in options).
Discussion: Sun Microsystems and InfoWorld
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Sun Buys MySQL: Creates Open Source Billionaires
Discussion: OSDir.com and Associated Press
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Sun's planned deal to acquire MySQL will strengthen its open source story
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and InfoWorld
BBC:
Facebook asked to pull Scrabulous  —  Facebook has been asked to remove the Scrabulous game from its website by the makers of Scrabble.  —  The Facebook add-on has proved hugely popular on the social network site and regularly racks up more than 500,000 daily users.
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Reuters:   Facebook asked by Mattel to remove ‘Scrabulous’
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hasbro and Mattel: Dumb, dumb, dumb
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Facebook, Scrabulous, and the End of Innocence
Discussion: The Register
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   Scrabulous At Risk? Zynga $10 million VC Game: Facebook Roulette
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why we're going to FastCompany.tv  —  Ahh, Andy Plesser broke my career news again (he was the guy who broke my news about leaving Microsoft too).  Louis Gray got the story first, though, I think, although I told dozens of people at the BlogHaus last week at CES.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (947563)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2002 …
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Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Warns of New Excel Vulnerability
The Microsoft Security Response Center:   MSRC Blog: Security Advisory 947563
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Surprise!  Oracle buys BEA Systems  —  The clumsy courtship between Oracle and BEA Systems is over.  Oracle said Wednesday that it will acquire BEA for $19.375 a share in cash.  —  The offer puts the value of BEA at roughly $8.5 billion.  —  On a conference call-where Oracle …
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Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Pay $8.5 Billion for BEA
Aaron Smith / Company news:
Oracle, BEA Systems in $8.5B deal
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Open Road
John Markoff / Bits:
The Passion of Steve Jobs  —  Even more than when he's performing on stage, Steven P. Jobs's passion for personal computing comes through when he talks about the years he spent cajoling his designers to build what he presented today as the world's “thinnest” computer.
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Macworld: the thinnest notebook computer and Blu-ray
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
iGoogle Themes Directory Launched  —  In October last year, I asked whether we should expect to see an iGoogle Themes Directory Coming Soon.  Today, Peter Dawson noticed that the Themes Directory is now live!  —  Not only does the directory allow you to view and select themes …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Mashable!
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Jesse Shieh / Google Code Blog:
iGoogle Themes API
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stevenote In 60 Seconds  —  Too lazy to watch the entire Stevenote video stream on CrunchGear, or read Duncan's real time notes from the event?  No worries.  Mahalo's Veronica Belmont distills all the important stuff down into just sixty seconds.  —  See all of our coverage from Macworld here and at CrunchGear.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
PayPal Moves Into Facebook But The App Is Broken  —  Update: A CN reader notified me offline that this might be bogus - please proceed at own risk.  —  PayPal has announced its entry into Facebook - though I can't tell if it's only UK residents can use it so far.  There are some details on the UK PayPal web site.
Discussion: All Facebook
Eric J. Sinrod / CNET News.com:
Is GPS liability next?  —  perspective An automobile driver recently was held responsible for crashing a rental car into a train after following global positioning system instructions that put his rental car onto the train tracks.  —  This raises the specter of automobile drivers pointing …
Discussion: All Points Blog
 
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