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11:00 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.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion
Discussion: PC World
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!”
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Flying Saucer Logos Lead To H.G. Wells, Father of Science Fiction
Discussion: Google Watch and AppScout
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.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple inquires with users about iPhone OS 3.1 battery life
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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 …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:   AT&T 3G MicroCell to offer unlimited iPhone calling for $20 extra
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 …
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
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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 …
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.
Discussion: BetaNews, blogband, Post I.T. and Techgeist
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.
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.
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.
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx coming next year
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:
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Peter Glaskowsky / Technology News:
Investigating Intel's Lynnfield mysteries
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
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Now, an Invention Inventors Will Like
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Hybrid Internet-TV Makes Progress in Europe
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Working to Revise Digital Books Settlement
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