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10:10 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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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.
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: Reuters and PC World
Lance Whitney / CNET News:   Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion
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.
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
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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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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
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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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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
Peter Glaskowsky / Technology News:
Investigating Intel's Lynnfield mysteries  —  I have a few questions to ask at this week's Intel Developer Forum....  Why is Intel using a more expensive chip for the new Core i5 and cheaper Core i7 processors?  Why does this new chip—code-named Lynnfield—appear to have features Intel isn't using?
Discussion: Softpedia News and EE Times
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.
Discussion: paidContent, VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
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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