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11:20 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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Why an IBM purchase of Sun would make 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
46% of the Digg Front Page is Controlled by 50 Websites  —  Recent changes and restrictions made by 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
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MIX09: Silverlight 3 beta bits start to arrive early (Updated)  —  Three Silverlight 3 downloads have hit the Microsoft Download Center early, though there is definitely more to come.  —  The Scott Guthrie and Bill Buxton keynote at MIX09 in Las Vegas is less than four hours away.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Panda Updates Panda MOP with Management  —  Panda Software has added additional management features to Panda Managed Office Protection, while lowering the price “considerably” compared to last year, a Panda spokeswoman said.  —  Designed for SMBs, Panda MOP has implemented additional management of services …
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
Sarah Rodman / Boston Globe:
Digital retailers cut prices to lure CD buyers  —  Online MP3 outlets try big bargains to hook new customers  —  As the music industry watches in horror while physical CD sales tumble and digital sales fail to bridge the gap, online MP3 retailers are trying to stem the bleeding with an age-old technique: slashing prices.
Discussion: AppScout
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NBC CEO Jeff Zucker: Jon Stewart Was “Incredibly Unfair” to CNBC  —  Hard to imagine that NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker spends a lot of time thinking about the Daily Show's critique of CNBC.  But when he sat down for a Q&A this morning BusinessWeek's Ellen Pollock, that was topic A.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and
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
Maria Russo / The Wrap:
AOL Leaps Into Original News Content With  —  The longtime portal has hired Melinda Henneberger as editor of 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 …
Discussion: and AppScout, Thanks:atul
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Case, Leonsis Make AOL Appearance  —  Ex-Leaders Try to Lift Spirits of Embattled Employees  —  AOL employees got a surprise visit yesterday when long-gone executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis turned up at a companywide meeting on the Dulles campus to greet the dial-up and content provider's incoming chief …
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 customers.  While response has been overwhelmingly positive for the book …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google advertising appearing in iPhone applications [confirmed]
Jason Toff / Google Chrome Blog:
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