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11:40 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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Adds Zimbra to the Garage Sale, as It Tries to Shed What Isn't “You!”  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo has also been shopping around Zimbra, the open-source email company it bought in late 2007 for $350 million.  —  Zimbra is only one of the many assets of Yahoo (YHOO) …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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!”
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Pink and Microsoft Tablet (Take 2): A couple of updates  —  Project Pink and the rumored remake of a Microsoft Tablet are back on the rumor treadmill this weekend.  —  It's been quiet out there lately on both fronts.  Here's a recap — plus a couple of small updates — that I've heard recently about these two skunk-works efforts.
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:   AT&T 3G MicroCell to offer unlimited iPhone calling for $20 extra
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Flying Saucer Logos Lead To H.G. Wells, Father of Science Fiction
Discussion: Google Watch and AppScout
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 …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Netgear offers a networked hard drive for the masses, with a caveat  —  The tech industry is gradually persuading Americans to set up home networks, but it's had a tougher time selling consumers on the idea of storing all their data on a single device within their homes.
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Apple Seeking More Info From iPhone 3.1 Users Reporting Poor Battery Life  —  An undisclosed number of users who have posted on Apple's discussion boards about poor battery life following the iPhone 3.1 software update are being contacted by AppleCare helpdesk with a hefty list of 11 follow-up questions.
Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Square Enix head predicts new Wii in 2011, says motion ‘impact’ for Xbox, PlayStation will be ‘small’  —  The new motion controllers for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are likely to make big appearances at this year's Tokyo Game Show.  While both Microsoft and Sony are attempting to take away …
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: 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 TV service …
Discussion: Bits and Mashable!
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb: They're Watching the Social Web in Real Time - But Will It Pay?
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Outlines Its Net Neutrality Proposal  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, today outlined a framework aimed at ensuring that both wireline and wireless carriers don't discriminate against traffic traversing their networks based on the type of traffic or the application.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hollywood, We Have Plenty Of Half-Services.  It's Time For A Whole One.  —  I was reading over a pitch tonight for a new streaming movie service called Epix HD, when I looked up from my computer to my TV stand.  On it, I saw an Apple TV, an Xbox 360, and a cable box.
Phone Arena:
Exclusive new images of the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  One of the more elusive phones to be released by Verizon later this year is the LG VX8575, known as the Chocolate Touch.  We first heard rumors this summer that Verizon was going to get a CDMA variant …
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.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx coming next year  —  The folks at Canonical are putting the final touches on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala which should be available next month.  But in one of the first steps toward looking even further ahead, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the alliterative codename …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest  —  Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  —  The company's challenge, begun in October 2006, was both geeky and formidable …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill  —  The president said he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.  —  “I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Brazilian Court Says It's Illegal To Distribute File Sharing Software If You Have Ads On Your Site  —  A judge in Brazil has apparently told a website that offers downloads of a P2P file sharing app that because it has ads on the site, its operators can be found guilty of criminal copyright infringement and may face jailtime.
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