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10:55 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 …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM's potential purchase of Sun: Here's why it makes sense  —  IBM is reportedly in talks to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion and the deal is long overdue.  The companies mesh on the open source software front, Sun is struggling and IBM can consolidate some server market share.  —  First, the headlines.
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
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: Technologizer and blogs.ft.com
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Jolly / New York Times:
Wall Street Opens Lower, Awaiting Fed Move  —  Stocks on Wall Street opened lower on Wednesday, failing to sustain the previous day's sharp gains, as investors cautiously awaited the next move from the Federal Reserve.  —  European markets, which had surged on a report that Sun Microsystems …
Discussion: insideHPC and Slashdot
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: InformationWeek, Lifehacker and geeksugar, Thanks:sinkercat
Mark Goldstein / Photography Blog:
Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Review  —  The Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR is potentially one of the most revolutionary cameras of 2009.  It features Fujifilm's innocuous sounding EXR technology, which rather cleverly turns the Fuji F200 into three cameras in one.  The first EXR mode shoots …
Discussion: Engadget and Imaging Insider
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.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Downturn or Not, Mobile Broadband Is Growing Fast  —  Earlier this week, comScore reported that daily web usage on mobile devices had doubled in the last 12 months, with nearly 22.4 million U.S. mobile users using their devices to go on the web.  —  Today, another research firm …
Discussion: MarketingVOX, Thanks:atul
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: InformationWeek, Gawker and Post I.T.
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.
 
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Maria Russo / The Wrap:
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Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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