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3:55 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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Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire MySQL, Developer of the World's Most Popular Open Source Database  —  Sun Growth Strategy Accelerates With New Position in $15 Billion Database Market  —  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement …
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 and TechBizMedia
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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Sun Buys MySQL: Creates Open Source Billionaires
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Scrabulous At Risk? Zynga $10 million VC Game: Facebook Roulette
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Reuters:   Facebook asked by Mattel to remove ‘Scrabulous’
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Facebook, Scrabulous, and the End of Innocence
Discussion: The Register
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven  —  If you're reading this, then chances are you already know about Web 2.0.  Even if you don't know the term itself, you're one of millions worldwide who are actively creating, sharing or benefiting from user-generated content that characterizes Web 2.0 phenomena.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Library of Congress Teams with Flickr  —  The Library of Congress and photosharing site Flickr today announced a partnership that will put photos from the LoC's collection online in a social environment and users to interact with them.  The Library is home to more than 14 million photographs …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Mashable!
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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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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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Larry Ellison Catches His White Whale
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:   Oracle, Sweetening Terms, Buys BEA
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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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Is MacBook Air Worth the Money? Five Slim Laptops Face Off
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Newlaunches.com
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Macworld: the thinnest notebook computer and Blu-ray
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Valleywag
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
REPORT: FACEBOOK THREATENS TO BAN GAWKER'S DENTON  —  This post was updated at 9:11 a.m. PST with comment from Nick Denton.  —  Facebook isn't too happy with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton over some screenshots of a member's profile that he posted on Gawker.com on Tuesday, Portfolio.com reports.
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Portfolio.com:
Blogger Bullying Draws a Website Warning
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iTunes and Apple TV rentals and purchases: what you can (and can't) do  —  Oh dear lord is there a lot of confusion about iTunes movie rentals, and how they differ from movie and TV purchases — and how the Apple TV and iTunes computer-driven downloads aren't the same either.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Getting more out of YOUR Speaking Opportunities:  —  I have been speaking at trade shows and conferences for a long time.  And each year when I start a new conference season, I make it a point to review the past conference season and the events I went to.  I look back at the mistakes …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Twitter have to be industrial strength?
Jonny / Technobabble 2.0:
White paper - distributed influence: quantifying the impact of social media
Discussion: AttentionMax
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With FLEX?  —  Something is bothering holders of Flextronics …
Google Watch:
MySpace-AG Pact Foreshadows Social Networking's Future
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Proximic Signs Deals With Yahoo and eBay To Turn Product Listings …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Plaxo inches further onto your desktop with new Mac application
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Danger of Free  —  Everyone loves to get stuff for free.
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
USAspending.gov: You Will be Watched
Discussion: The Social Times
Times of London:
Microsoft seeks patent for office ‘spy’ software
Eric J. Sinrod / CNET News.com:
Is GPS liability next?
Discussion: All Points Blog
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
iGoogle Themes Directory Launched
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stevenote In 60 Seconds  —  Too lazy to watch the entire …