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11:25 AM ET, April 20, 2009

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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Oracle Agrees to Acquire Sun Microsystems  —  The Oracle Corporation, the technology information company, announced Monday that it would acquire a rival, Sun Microsystems, for $9.50 a share, which would value the transition at $7.4 billion.  —  The deal with Oracle came about two weeks after I.B.M. ended its talks with Sun.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Oracle to Buy Sun (and MySQL) for $7.4B  —  Updated: Less than a month after it walked away from a $7 billion deal with IBM, Sun Microsystems says that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with database and enterprise software giant Oracle.  Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash.
Discussion: CNET News, Guardian and chrisbrogan.com, Thanks:om
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle buys Sun; Now owns Java; Becomes a hardware player  —  Updated: Oracle said Monday that it will buy Sun Microsystems for $9.50 a share in cash, or about $5.6 billion excluding debt, in a deal that plunges Larry Ellison & Co. into the hardware market.  The company added that the acquisition …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Oracle to buy Sun in $7.4 billion deal  —  Oracle, not IBM, will be buying Sun Microsystems.  —  Oracle and Sun announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash.
Kevin Reynolds / Bloomberg:
Oracle Agrees to Acquire Sun Microsystems in Deal Valued at $7.4 Billion
Discussion: DailyFinance and BloggingStocks
BBC:
Adobe Flash secures set-top deal  —  Adobe has secured a deal to put its Flash software into many of the chips that go inside TVs and set-top boxes.  —  It will enable developers and content providers to create applications to deliver web-based content such as news, weather and share prices to TV screens.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and AppScout
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Adobe:
Adobe Extends Flash Platform to Digital Home  —  For immediate release  —  Silicon, OEM, Cable and Content Partners Embrace Adobe Flash Platform for Televisions, Set-Top Boxes and Blu-Ray Players  —  At the 2009 NAB Show, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the extension …
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Have we arrived in the post-Windows era?  —  Microsoft knew this day was coming.  This was the reason it desperately wanted — no, needed — to take down Netscape in 1996.  Netscape wasn't just trying to build a program for reading text and photos across a network of connected computers.
Discussion: Open Source
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Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Windows 7 application limit opens door for Android
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter for Netbooks to only allow 3 concurrent applications?
Discussion: CrunchGear and Liliputing
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Apple netbooks manufactured by Foxconn rumoured  —  Apple sliced down to netbook size?  —  WE'VE PICKED UP ON some Chinese whispering which would have us believe Apple could be about to release its very own netbook, with Foxconn Electronics chosen as the fruity toymaker's main manufacturing partner.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Washington, D.C. will be 1st to get free mobile TV  —  Washington will be the first U.S. city to get free digital TV broadcasts for mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car entertainment systems, broadcasters were set to announce Monday.  —  Broadcasts using new …
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Digg Ends Exclusive Ad Deal with Microsoft  —  Digg is ending its two-year-old exclusive ad selling relationship with Microsoft, one year earlier than the deal was set to expire.  —  The two will continue working together on remnant and so-called “network reserve” inventory.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Many New Twitter Users Post-Oprah?  A Lot.  Maybe Over A Million.  —  Late last night, former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block tweeted out that he had done some research to attempt to quantify the “Oprah Effect” — that is, the number of users who signed up for Twitter after Oprah featured the service on her show on Friday.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Dear Twitter: Please take my money  —  With respect to my cranky co-worker Charles Cooper, and reversing even my own Oprah/Kutcher-prodded twitterrant the other day, Twitter is an important platform for publishing and marketing, and it needs to be discussed as such, not brushed aside.
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Recklessly Seeking Sex on Craigslist  —  THIS is it, Melvin thought: Craigslist is about to get me killed.  —  A recent divorcé who lacked the money and confidence for a conventional date, Melvin, 35, had been lured to a stranger's apartment by the promise of anonymous sex.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Music industry sites DDoSed after Pirate Bay verdict
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
No Tech Tapeworms Here!  We Update Voices' Policies on All Things Digital
Thanks:atul
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Instinct S30 now available from Sprint
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Obsessable
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
AVG offers free LinkScanner for real-time Web page scanning
Discussion: AppScout
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The newspaper industry just gave away another free meal, er Twitter …
Thanks:atul
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Twitter overhyped, or another example of macromyopia?
Bobbie Mixon / EurekAlert!:
‘Instant on’ computing  —  Materials researchers say rebooting soon …
Discussion: digg.com
 Earlier Items: 
David Lieberman / USA Today:
TiVo to sell instant data on what people watch, fast-forward
Discussion: TechCrunch
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Eyeing diners, restaurants take to Twitter
Discussion: Reuters
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
He makes $1 million crowdsourcing sources
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Google tips FCC about new YouTube comment filtering system
Discussion: Search Engine Land and AppScout, Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
As Costs Fall, Companies Push to Raise Internet Price
Discussion: DSLreports and Technology Live