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9:15 AM ET, September 21, 2009

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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion  —  Dell says it has agreed to buy the IT services company Perot Systems for about $3.9 billion as it looks to expand beyond the PC business.  —  The Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said Monday that it will offer $30 per share in cash for Perot, which is based in Plano, Texas, 200 miles away.
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Associated Press:
Dell agrees to buy Perot Systems for about $3.6B  —  NEW YORK -  —  Dell Inc. says it has agreed to buy the information technology services company Perot Systems Corp. for about $3.6 billion as it looks to expand beyond the personal computer business.  —  The Round Rock, Texas PC company …
Discussion: PC World
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion  —  Dell announced Monday that it will buy IT services provider Perot Systems for $3.9 billion.  —  The two companies expect to provide a broad range of IT services and solutions, expanding the global reach of Perot Systems, and selling Dell computer systems to additional Perot customers.
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Dell to Acquire Perot Systems for $3.9 Billion, Creating Comprehensive …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Robo.to TV Turns Status Messages Into Art  —  You know the viral “Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years”?  Well, what if Noah took a 4-second video of himself instead?  And what if everyone else did, too?  That's kind of the effect you get from the new Robo.to TV service …
Discussion: Bits
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Robo.to: They're Watching the Social Web in Real Time - But Will It Pay?
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Micheal Lopez / The Official Google Blog:
A mysterious series for H.G. Wells  —  You might have noticed an unexplained set of doodles on the Google homepage and a couple tweets from our official Twitter stream, @google, over the last two weeks.  On September 5th, we posted a doodle with the abduction of our second ‘o’ and a coded tweet …
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Gay men ‘can be identified by their Facebook friends’  —  Homosexual men can be identified just by looking at their Facebook friends, according to unpublished research by two students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  —  The study found that it was possible to predict men's sexual orientation …
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Suzanne Vranica / Digits:
Yahoo's New Ad Pitch: 'It's You!'  —  and Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  Yahoo is planning to reintroduce its battered brand to the public Tuesday with a massive global marketing campaign, according to people familiar with the effort. … The Internet company's new tagline, according to one of those people: “It's You!”
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Adds Zimbra to the Garage Sale, as It Tries to Shed What Isn't “You!”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Adobe Gets Into Widget Distribution And Advertising With Help From Gigya  —  Many of the widgets scattered across the Web are made in Flash, but Adobe doesn't participate in the widget economy.  Today, it is taking a first tentative step towards changing that with the release …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Is Google giving Gmail back to the UK?  —  Four years ago, in October 2005, Google voluntarily renamed its Gmail service as ‘Google Mail’ in the UK.  This was to avoid a trademark dispute with a British company called Independent International Investment Research.
Thanks:drewhinde
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T's 3G MicroCell does unlimited calling, but it ain't cheap  —  How much would you expect to pay to cover AT&T's dead zone using your own internet bandwidth?  We appreciate that these guys can't blanket every nook and cranny with HSPA, but carriers need to understand that femtocells …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson introduces a world first - the Motion Activated Headphones MH907  —  Escape the ordinary - listen to your favourite music and receive calls without touching a button with the Motion Activated Headphones MH907.  —  Sony Ericsson today unveils the world's first ever motion activated headphones that sense the user.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Security Essentials release “in the coming weeks”  —  According to an e-mail sent to its faithful beta testers, Redmond is planning to release the final version of Microsoft Security Essentials “in the coming weeks.”  —  Late last night, Redmond fired off e-mails to testers …
TechCrunch:
What Have VCs Really Done for Innovation?  —  This is a guest post by Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic.  He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive in Residence at Duke University.  Follow him on Twitter at @vwadhwa.
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Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
VCs Are Useless? That's Bulls**t.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Working to Revise Digital Books Settlement
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Phorm sheds directors, grumpy website and... money?
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
At long last, GIMP v2.8 to finally implement single-window interface