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9:30 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
content.dell.com:
Dell to Acquire Perot Systems for $3.9 Billion, Creating Comprehensive, Customer-Focused IT-Solutions Company  —  Dell and Perot Systems have entered a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Perot Systems in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.
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.
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Flying Saucer Logos Lead To H.G. Wells, Father of Science Fiction  —  Google has come clean on what all these flying saucers Google Doodles were about.  It is to honor the 143rd birthday of H.G. Wells, the Father of Science Fiction, who's birthday is today.  —  We actually expected this logo to show up today.
Discussion: Google Watch
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 …
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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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