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9:10 AM ET, March 18, 2009

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Robert Valpuesta / Bloomberg:
IBM Is in Negotiations to Buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5 Billion, WSJ Says  —  International Business Machines Corp. is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.  —  IBM may pay at least $6.5 billion …
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
IBM's Flirtation with Sun: the Next Volley in the Data Center War  —  IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems, marking the beginning of what is likely to be a new wave of acquisitions in the tech industry over the next 18 months.  —  It's the logical consequence of the all-out war for the data center …
Discussion: The Register
Robert Valpuesta / Bloomberg:
Sun Microsystems Rises in Germany on WSJ Report IBM Is Discussing Purchase  —  Sun Microsystems Inc. surged the most ever in German trading after the Wall Street Journal reported International Business Machines Corp. is in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Guardian
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPhone OS 3.0 first impressions and photos  —  Developers late Tuesday evening are downloading a widely distributed beta of Apple's new iPhone 3.0 software, installing it on their handsets, and weighing in with some first impressions and screen shots, all of which follow.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3.0 OS Guide: Everything You Need to Know  —  iPhone 3.0 OS, the next generation operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and whatever Apple device comes next.  New features, new apps, here you will find all the information you need.  —  NEW IPHONE OS 3.0 FEATURES
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Palm Pre vs iPhone 3.0: A Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  The Palm Pre is going to be a hot item when it launches this summer—possibly hot enough to tackle the iPhone.  One reason it's gaining so much traction is that the Pre's features weren't designed to compete against the current iPhone, but the next generation.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Technologizer
InfoWorld:
Sun challenges Amazon for cloud dominance  —  Move over, Amazon.  The leading provider of cloud services is about to get some serious competition from Sun Microsystems, which made its entrance into cloud computing Wednesday with plans to offer compute and storage services built on Sun technologies, including OpenSolaris and MySQL.
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
How to Tweet Your Way Out of a Job  —  I saw this exchange on Twitter, which is a painful lesson in how NOT to use Twitter in this tough economy.  —  A lucky job applicant tweeted the following: … This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco.
Discussion: Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
frontech.fujitsu.com:
Fujitsu Begins On-Line Consumer Sales of World's First Color E-Paper Mobile Terminal FLEPia  — Displays up to 260,000 colors; features Bluetooth and high-speed wireless LAN; thin and lightweight -  —  Fujitsu Frontech Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the start …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
As Jurors Turn to Web, Mistrials Are Popping Up  —  Last week, a juror in a big federal drug trial in Florida admitted to the judge that he had been doing research on the case on the Internet, directly violating the judge's instructions and centuries of legal rules.
Soshable:
46% of the Digg Front Page is Controlled by 50 Websites  —  Recent changes and restrictions made by Digg.com to encourage diversity in the range of users whose submissions reach the front page have had 2 profound results.  Newer and less active users have seen their stories reach the front page …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Breaking News: CIO Vivek Kundra is Back on the Job [updated]  —  Vivek Kundra, the federal government's new Chief Information Officer, has been spotted at his desk, doing his job.  We're hearing that his temporary leave of absence, in the wake of last week's arrest of two individuals individuals running …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Chief Information Officer Is Quietly Reinstated
Discussion: Gawker, InformationWeek and Post I.T.
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
TomTom Caught Between Microsoft Rock And GPL Hard Place  —  Last month we covered Microsoft's patent infringement lawsuit against GPS device maker TomTom.  As Mike noted, this is a pretty clear example of abusive patent litigation.  The patents in question are so broad that it's virtually impossible …
David de Kloet / Gmail Blog:
A small (but helpful) change to ‘mark as unread’  —  Gmail's threaded conversations are useful because they keep your messages in context — you don't have to look for previous messages to see what people are talking about.  But sometimes, when many people are replying to the same conversation …
Discussion: geeksugar, Thanks:sinkercat
Jared M. Spool / UIE:
The Magic Behind Amazon's 2.7 Billion Dollar Question  —  Since its release in 2007, the last volume of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has garnered 3,286 reviews from Amazon.com customers.  While response has been overwhelmingly positive for the book …
Thanks:atul
Jason Toff / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Chrome has a new beta  —  Since we took the “beta” tag off Google Chrome in December, we've been updating two release channels: developer and stable.  With our latest release, we're re-introducing the beta channel for some early feedback — and if you're reading the brand new Google Chrome blog …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
IE 8, Silverlight 3 on tap for Microsoft's Mix  —  A correction was made to this story.  See below for details.  —  The expected release of Internet Explorer 8 is likely to be the biggest headline out of Microsoft's Mix conference this week, though the company is likely to spend at least …
Maria Russo / The Wrap:
AOL Leaps Into Original News Content With PoliticsDaily.com  —  The longtime portal has hired Melinda Henneberger as editor of PoliticsDaily.com and launches in April.  —  New Media is about to meet Old Media.  But not in the way you'd think.  —  AOL is about to launch a politics site …
Thanks:atul
Sophos:
Credit card skimming malware targeting ATMs  —  From time to time, because they know I work for SophosLabs, my friends ask me about different malware types and forward me warnings of alleged malware outbreaks, which often turn out to be just standard hoax emails.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Shutters Unpopular Alexa Site Thumbnail Service  —  Amazon Web Services is discontinuing the Alexa Site Thumbnail service, which has been providing developers with programmatic access to millions of thumbnail images for the home pages of web sites that were stored in Alexa's index since July 2006.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd  —  Online document sharing site Scribd has announced that it has partnered with a number of major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing Co., Berrett-Koehler, Thomas Nelson, and Manning Publications …
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Website-infecting SQL injection attacks hit 450,000 a day
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