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10:00 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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HP:
HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 Billion  — EDS shareholders to receive $25.00 per share in cash for each EDS share  — Transaction expected to more than double HP's revenue from services, furthering its standing as world's largest technology company  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., and PLANO, Texas, May 13, 2008
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
HP to acquire EDS for $13.9 billion
Discussion: Computerworld and Business Week
Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP-EDS: It's About The Clouds Baby!
Discussion: Rough Type and The Register
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Near Deal to Buy EDS
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Research launches WorldWide Telescope, Scoble cries  —  You probably have heard about Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope referred to as “the thing that made Robert Scoble cry”.  Today, the world finally gets to check out what all the buzz is about.
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs keynotes WWDC 2008  —  Apple today confirmed Steve Jobs will lead the WWDC keynote on June 9 in San Francisco.  —  Jobs will lead a team of Apple execs in the keynote speech, which is still widely expected to be the launch point for the next-generation iPhone.
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Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple Executives to Showcase Mac OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone Development Platforms at WWDC 2008 Keynote  —  Apple® today announced that a team of Apple executives, led by CEO Steve Jobs, will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Can't Kill The BlackBerry
Discussion: TG Daily
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
HBO & Apple Bring Critically Acclaimed Television Programming to the iTunes Store  —  Favorites Including “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” Now Available on iTunes  —  HBO and Apple® today announced that programming from HBO is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Sex and the iTunes Store  —  They're there: Carrie Bradshaw.  Tony Soprano.  Jimmy McNulty.  Jemaine Clement.  Seth Bullock.  Julius Caesar.  —  Early Tuesday morning, somebody at Apple's iTunes Store flicked a switch and six of HBO's most popular series became available for download …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Mac Office sales soar on Apple's gains  —  While Apple's market share gains are cause for consternation for many in Redmond, one unit is clearly benefiting.  —  Microsoft's Mac unit is set to disclose on Tuesday that copies of the new Office for Mac 2008 are flying off the shelves at three times the rate of its predecessor.
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
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Mussie Shore / Official Google Blog:
A friend connected web  —  Have you ever wished you could share information and interact with friends while visiting some of your favorite websites?  There are a number of great social networking sites out there that let you stay connected, but the rest of the web typically hasn't been social.
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Friend Connect gets a warm reception at Google Campfire One
Maggie Shiels / BBC:   Google helps the web to go social
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Gates: Windows 7 will “take less memory, be more efficient”  —  It can be argued that Microsoft's main focus with Windows Vista was security.  While sceptics try to claim that there has not been much improvement, Vista does appear to be Microsoft's most secure OS to date.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Stealth Data Project Could Be Just What The Internet Needs  —  One of the most frustrating tasks about my job is finding reliable traffic and other usage data about websites.  —  But today, Mozilla CEO John Lilly and VP Engineering Mike Schroepfer said they may fix that problem in the future …
Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Brand new Google Reader for iPhone  —  Mobile web browsers have come a long way since we first introduced an XHTML version of Reader back in 2006.  For example, iPhone and iPod Touch owners know how powerful having a full-featured browser is.  We on the Reader team are heavy mobile Safari users.
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs  —  Company to Drop Some Niche Models In Bet on Alienware  —  Dell Inc. is taking a surprising step to reinvigorate its business in specialty gaming personal computers: abandoning several of its most popular models to focus on what it sees as its premium line.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Yelp Works  —  When Yelp launched in early 2005, I yawned.  Who needs another site where people review restaurants and other local businesses?  It's one of the oldest ideas on the Internet.  Citysearch, the leader, continues to struggle to find a sustainable business model more than a decade after its founding.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jackpot!  $15 million in funding for the Social Gaming Network  —  The Social Gaming Network, parent company to social-networking applications that do exactly what the name implies they would, has reason to celebrate.  The company has netted $15 million in Series A funding from Greylock Partners …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and The Social Times
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Alienware to bring out low-cost AMD graphics powerhouse  —  Dell's Alienware unit is slated to put AMD-ATI front and center.  The Dell subsidiary will bring out a relatively low-cost game PC with dual ATI graphics chips within the next two weeks.  —  This comes in the wake of a report …
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
 
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