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6:30 PM ET, September 17, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash  —  Yahoo will announce the acquisition of open source online/offline office suite Zimbra this evening, we just heard through a very solid source.  The price: $350 million, in cash, confirmed.  —  Our coverage of Zimbra goes back to 2005.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Buys Zimbra for $350 Million  —  Yahoo is set to make yet another acquisition-this time of white-label open-source email provider Zimbra.  Sources close to the deal said that the Internet portal will pay $350 million, considerably upwards of its most recent valuation, for the email and calendar provider.
Zimbra - Blog:
Yahoo! Acquires Zimbra  —  We are excited to announce today that Yahoo! is acquiring Zimbra to extend its email leadership to the University, Business and ISP markets.  In order to focus on this effort, the Zimbra team will report to the communications group where we will remain fully committed …
Discussion: alarm:clock and The Next Net
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire Zimbra  —  Acquisition of Innovative E-mail Company Bolsters Leadership in Communications; Extends Expertise to Universities, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Service Provider Partners  —  Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), a leading global Internet company …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Yahoo Buys Zimbra for $350M in Cash
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online  —  Couldn't snag a ticket to this year's TechCrunch40 conference?  Head on over to techcrunch40.com to follow the action online.  —  We've put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 2: Mobile & Communications  —  Session two as follows, including our live notes.  —  Cubic Telecom  —  Cubic Telecom is creating a global Mobile Virtual Network (MVNo).  The company aims to drastically reduce international calling rates by lowering mobile roaming and call charges.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TC40: Mobile and Communications
John Sullivan / Digital Daily:
Next up at TechCrunch40: Mobile and Communications
Discussion: Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 1: Search & Discovery  —  Session one as follows, including our live notes.  —  Powerset  —  Powerset is a natural language search engine that can use everyday phrases and grammer to conduct more accruate web searches by understanding the search query and the pages it indexes.
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Robert Hof / Business Week:
Powerset: Move Over, Google  —  The search giant is unfazed by competition from "natural language" upstarts, but users—and advertisers—may benefit once they get the hang of the new tool  —  How do you beat Google (GOOG) at its own game?  Search engine upstart Powerset is betting on the wisdom of the crowds.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TechCrunch40: Search and Discovery
Discussion: Digital Daily, CrunchGear and Valleywag
BBC:
Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal  —  Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.  —  The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus  —  A batch of laptops pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium was found to have been infected with a 13-year-old boot sector virus.  —  Those of you with a long memory will vividly recall the year 1994: Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain died …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Free online music service launches  —  LOS ANGELES - SpiralFrog.com, an ad-supported Web site that allows visitors to download music and videos free of charge, was scheduled to launch Monday in the U.S. and Canada after months of "beta" testing.  —  The music service, which has arranged …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
SpiralFrog's "free" music download service goes live
Discussion: Ars Technica
Business Wire:
Adobe Reports Record Results  —  Company Posts 41 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE - News) today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2007 ended August 31, 2007.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TC40 Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings  —  Our live blog of the Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings Sessions from TechCrunch40.  —  Sequoia's Michael Moritz introduces the three guests: Marc Andreessen, David Filo and Chad Hurley.  —  An amazing lineup: for those old enough …
Yahoo! News:
China man dies after three-day Internet session  — China man dies after three-day Internet session  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
A simple plan to slash the price of tunes for your iPod  —  I'm back at my favorite record store and I see a guy approach the owner with a proposition: "I want to buy music to put it on my iPod and then resell the disc to you."  Intrigued, I jumped into the conversation, egging the guy on.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?  —  Venture capitalists invested about six percent more into Web 2.0 companies in the first half of 2007, but the increase was attributable to more deals in Europe and Israel.  —  Notably, early investors in Web 2.0 slowed their pace.
 
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James Fleet / Rev2.org:
Exclusive: Facebook to Offer Data Storage
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 3: Community & Collaboration
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney (DIS): 'Evaluating' Options for Disney Mobile MVNO
Discussion: mocoNews.net
chrisbrogan.com:
The Myth of Evil Corporations in Social Media
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Presents Yahoo Teachers At TechCrunch40
BBC:
Hi-tech crime 'is big business'
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Dreamforce 07: Salesforce rolls out Visualforce
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia gets into mobile advertising
 Earlier Items: 
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Social networking sites breaking free from the PC
Discussion: VentureBeat
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treo 500 Unboxed  —  As promised Palm has sent me a brand …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile
James Rivington / Tech.co.uk:
Blu-ray and HD DVD formats set to co-exist
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Readers Endorse Switch to Apple
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
EMusic, a Song-Download Site, to Offer Audiobooks
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project