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4:20 PM ET, August 27, 2007

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer to acquire Gateway: so long cow spots?  —  Acer — the third largest PC company globally — just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Gateway.  The acquisition has been approved unanimously by both boards and is expected to close by December 2007.  You know, following the usual international, anti-trust approvals.
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Jason Dean / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan's Acer Agrees to Acquire Gateway for About $710 Million  —  Combined Entity Also Seeks  —  To Buy Packard Bell,  —  Thwarting Lenovo Bid  —  BEIJING — Taiwan's Acer Inc. said it had reached an agreement to acquire Gateway Inc. in a deal that values the U.S. company at about $710 million …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
And the packaging will now feature the distinctive dark tones of the Taoyuan pig
Discussion: TechBlog
InfoWorld:
Lenovo's plan for Packard Bell hit by Acer-Gateway deal
Discussion: Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Acquisition Could Push Apple into Distant Fourth Place
John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the all-new Yahoo! Mail  —  My kids, like most, love text messaging.  But while their nimble fingers can easily navigate cell phone keypads at lightening speeds, I definitely prefer a full keyboard, and am much more inclined to use email than text messaging.
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Yahoo Increases People-Focused Shift With Webmail Facelift
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Blocks Searches From US Visitors  —  This service denial seems to be a preventative measure to protect their users, when US users try to search on TorrentSpy they now get this message: … The search redirect will be permanent, TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnell told TorrentFreak …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
TorrentSpy Cuts Off US Users, Rather Than Tracking Them  —  BitTorrent search engine TorrentSpy has been involved in a legal battle with the MPAA for some time now.  The lawsuit took a slightly bizarre twist a few months back when a judge demanded that TorrentSpy start logging details about its users …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TorrentSpy Closes to U.S. Users
Discussion: WinExtra
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Want This In Photoshop Immediately  —  This image resizing and manipulation demonstration is sort of jaw dropping, particularly as the video goes on.  The related paper, written by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan is available here.  — Sphere It -
rizzn.com v11.1:
GPhone - It's Confirmed  —  I'm going to talk about this on the show today, so don't miss Episode 116 of RizWords.  —  I talked to one of my inside sources at Google today.  He spoke on conditions of anonymity, but the guy is someone I trust implicitly.  He said that he was baffled …
Discussion: WinExtra and Mashable!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Phone An Attempt To Take On $100 PC?
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's friend-to-friend ad network  —  If Google has its way, web advertising is about to get a whole lot friendlier - and the definition of spam a whole lot fuzzier.  —  Recently, the search giant has, as noted by Bill Slawski, filed a series of patent applications that point to a new …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fotolog Acquired by Hi Media, French Ad Network  —  EXCLUSIVE: We had previously speculated that New York-based Fotolog would be the next one to get acquired.  And we were right.  It has been acquired by Hi Media, a Paris-based interactive media company for roughly $90 million …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Updated: Fotolog Sells To French Hi-Media Group For $90 Million  —  NY-based social networking/photo sharing site Fotolog has been acquired by Hi-Media Group for a combination of cash and stock worth $90 million.  France-based Hi-Media adds Fotolog to its growing portfolio, which includes an ad network and a micro-payments business.
Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:
Hollywood's copyright enforcer  —  In Hollywood's ongoing battle against illegal file sharing, Dean Garfield is one of the people the studios depend on to cross swords with pirates.  —  Garfield is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for the Motion Picture Association of America …
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Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:   TorrentSpy shuts down in the U.S.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, aka the godfather of the net, predicts the end of TV as we know it  —  Web guru foresees download revolution  —  Thirty years ago he helped create a technology that has revolutionised millions of lives around the world.  But yesterday the man known as the "godfather of the net" …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Snipperoo, Daily Feed and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google's butt in four years  —  The only reason you'll watch these two videos is because you trust me to add value to your lives and not sell links.  —  I explain how SEO-resistant technologies like Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are about to upend the search industry.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   The Promise & Reality Of Mixing The Social Graph With Search Engines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FotoFlexer Raises The Bar On Online Photo Editing  —  Online photo editors keep getting better and better.  For hardcore image manipulation, desktop software like Photoshop or Gimp will always have its place, but online editors are free, easy to use and a lot of fun.
Intel:
New Intel® vPro™ Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs  —  Next Generation Product Offers New Features and Broader Vendor Support  —  Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel® vPro™ processor technology …
Jen the Weird Hunter / Gearlog:
PodBrix to Sell Wozniak and Jobs Playset Aug. 29  —  PodBrix is back with another custom minifig product: the Young Woz and Jobs Playset.  It's a 300 unit limited edition LEGO playset created by Tomi with a "young version of Jobs and Woz immortalized in minifig form."
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Bookstores Begin Slow Descent Into Obsolescence  —  I was in Borders Books today looking for a copy of David Weinberger's Everything Is Miscellaneous, and it suddenly struck me how ironic it was to be looking for a book about dynamic connectedness in this place of static, disconnected objects and finite shelf space.
New York Times:
Unauthorized Enjoyment of Song Irks Law Firm  —  It sounds like the setup for a joke: a law firm picks a fight with a legal blogger over the leak of an internal song celebrating — well, itself.  —  First, the song: after the law firm Nixon Peabody was named to Fortune magazine's 2007 list …
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com and Connected
 
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Broadband Price Wars Redux: Verizon's Price-for-Life
Discussion: dslreports.com
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
AllofMP3 promises to resume service
Discussion: Ars Technica
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
NFL to stream live games over the Internet
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
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Open-source SugarCRM eyes stock market entry
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Australian Internet Porn Filter Cracked By Kid; Politicians Get The Wrong Message
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Cellphone-Only Homes Hit a Milestone
Discussion: Gearlog
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T legal hits the brakes on (commercial) iPhone unlocks
Discussion: Inquirer
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone double header: First native IM client AND first native IRC released
PC World:
University students don't question Google
CNNMoney.com:
MySpace reportedly may allow member ads