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3:35 AM ET, September 18, 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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Brad Garlinghouse / Yodel Anecdotal:
Zimbra is so damn cool  —  If you're a student at Georgia Tech or an employee at Digg or Mozilla.org, you know just how excellent your email and group calendaring experience is.  That's because it's powered by Zimbra, creator of an innovative Ajax-based mail client that integrates email …
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 upward of its most recent valuation, for the email and calendar provider.
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 …
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo buys e-mail software firm Zimbra
Discussion: TechSpot News
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times to End Charges on Web Site  —  The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site.
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New York Times:
A Letter to Readers About TimesSelect
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Times deselected  —  TimesSelect is dead.  It was a cynical act doomed from the start.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and PDA
Attila Bodis / Official Google Blog:
Our feature presentation  —  In April we announced that we were working to bring presentations to Google Docs.  (Astute readers may recall learning about this even earlier, which caused a bit of excitement around here.)  And today we're unveiling the new Google Docs presentations feature …
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Associated Press:
Google expands online software suite  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. has expanded its online suite of office software to include a business presentation tool similar to Microsoft Corp.'s popular PowerPoint, adding the latest twist in a high-stakes rivalry.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Presentations Finally Arrives!  —  Oh, god, they finally did it.  —  Developing...  Smart readers will note that I've been calling Google Docs & Spreadsheets just "Google Docs" for a while, since it became obvious that a name that mentions everything in the suite would probably be shortened to Docs eventually anyway.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Completes Office Triple Play With Presently
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Confirmed: Google Presentations
Discussion: Download Squad
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Accel and Founders Fund Launch fbFund; To Give Grants To Facebook App Startups  —  During his keynote conversation with Michael Arrington this afternoon at the TechCrunch40 conference, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will be launching a new entity called fbFund with Accel and Founders Fund.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TC40 Keynote Conversation: Mark Zuckerberg  —  Our live blogging coverage of the Keynote Conversation with Mark Zuckerberg, refresh for updates.  —  The boss (Michael Arrington) comes on stage to introduce Mark Zuckerberg.  The conference space is packed: no matter what your views on Facebook …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
MC Hammer has a new company - DanceJam  —  MC Hammer, one of the original rap artists, has a new company called DanceJam.  I first met Hammer 7 years ago when I was at Napster.  MC Hammer is a music artist, but he is also a businessman.  He understood the potential of Napster, and sees another opportunity with dance videos.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace to Discuss Latest Effort to Customize Ads for Members  —  LOS ANGELES — Members of the booming social network Web sites treat their individual profile pages as a creative canvas for personal expression.  —  The social networking companies see those pages as a lush target for advertisers …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Techcrunch40: Day 1 Recap and My Top Picks!  —  Alright, so Day 1 of Techcrunch40 is complete and I wanted to give you my thoughts and feedback on the day overall, the organization, and the startups.  —  Hera are some other sites with excellent coverage from the event:  — ReadWriteWeb
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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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Mark / Powerset Blog:
Powerset launches Powerset Labs at TechCrunch40
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
What's in a name?  In Web 2.0, confusion  —  The TechCrunch40 conference, which is being put on by my pals Mike Arrington and Jason Calacanis, sounds like a great show, and is clearly packed with launches and demos from interesting Web 2.0 companies.  With that caveat out of the way …
 
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Dave Murray / Market Wire:
Macedonia Becomes First Nation to Provide Computer Workstations for Every Student
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Robert Acker / Dash:
The new device  —  Hello, I'm Robert Acker and I am in charge of marketing here at Dash.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Tor node operator after run-in with police: "I can't do this any more"
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Sell Web-Page Ads Visible on Mobile Phones
Discussion: Mashable! and mocoNews.net
Reuters:
Sprint to upgrade Microsoft mobile search services
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Apple event tomorrow at 10:00AM BST / 5:00AM EDT, set your alarms (really!)
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Latest News
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
AMD Confirms Triple-Core Processor
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Losing Money on the iPhone and Making It Up on Volume
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 Earlier Items: 
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 4: Crowd Sourcing
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What An Online Bank Run Looks Like
Discussion: Christopher Null
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Why type when you can Yap?  —  Yap showed off its voice …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches BlueString
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
MaxRoam, a low-cost alternative for mobile international calls
Business Wire:
Adobe Reports Record Results
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 3: Community & Collaboration
chrisbrogan.com:
The Myth of Evil Corporations in Social Media