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11:50 AM ET, January 16, 2008

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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
Helping Dolphins Fly  —  We announced big news today - our preliminary results for our fiscal second quarter, and as importantly, that we're acquiring MySQL AB.  —  If you're interested in the financial details for the quarter, tune in to our conference call (see details on sun.com) today …
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Sun To Acquire MySQL  —  Sun Microsystems announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire open source database leader MySQL AB for $1 billion in cash and assumed stock options.  (Disclosure: I am on the board of directors of MySQL, and O'Reilly co-produces the MySQL User Conference with MySQL.
Discussion: Profy.Com
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Sun Shines on LAMP  —  This morning we announced that Sun Microsystems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL.  Having spent the last four plus years working on making MySQL into a strong independent company, this is a bit of a change of strategy, but from my perspective it's all for the good.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Sun to fork out $1 billion for open-source firm MySQL  —  Sun Microsystems will plunk down $1 billion to buy MySQL, the maker of a popular open-source database.  —  Sun said Wednesday that it will pay about $800 million in cash for MySQL's stock and take on about $200 million worth of options.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun acquires MySQL; Adds to its software stack  —  Updated: Sun Microsystems is taking the plunge into the database market with the purchase of open source database developer MySQL for $1 billion ($800 million in cash in exchange for all MySQL stock and assumption of approximately $200 million in options).
Discussion: Sun Microsystems and InfoWorld
Kaj Arnö:
Sun acquires MySQL
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why we're going to FastCompany.tv  —  Ahh, Andy Plesser broke my career news again (he was the guy who broke my news about leaving Microsoft too).  Louis Gray got the story first, though, I think, although I told dozens of people at the BlogHaus last week at CES.
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Robert Scoble to Launch Online Video Network At Fast Company  —  Robert Scoble, who pioneered tech videoblogging at Microsoft with Channel 9 and produced hundreds of segments during his tenure at PodTech, is launching a new business television network for Fast Company.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Scoble's reasons NOT to start a business  —  I spend most of my time talking to entrepreneurs who have started companies.  Reading Robert Scoble's story about why he decided to not start a company, and instead go to work for Fast Company, presents the other side of the story...the more common path.
BBC:
Facebook asked to pull Scrabulous  —  Facebook has been asked to remove the Scrabulous game from its website by the makers of Scrabble.  —  The Facebook add-on has proved hugely popular on the social network site and regularly racks up more than 500,000 daily users.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Facebook, Scrabulous, and the End of Innocence
Discussion: The Register
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hasbro and Mattel: Dumb, dumb, dumb
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Surprise!  Oracle buys BEA Systems  —  The clumsy courtship between Oracle and BEA Systems is over.  Oracle said Wednesday that it will acquire BEA for $19.375 a share in cash.  —  The offer puts the value of BEA at roughly $8.5 billion.  —  On a conference call-where Oracle …
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Aaron Smith / Company news:
Oracle, BEA Systems in $8.5B deal  —  Activist investor Carl Icahn, BEA's largest shareholder, had been advocating a merger.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Software giant Oracle Corp. reached a deal to buy rival BEA Systems Inc. for $8.5 billion Wednesday, just months after its initial offer was rebuffed.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Open Road
Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Pay $8.5 Billion for BEA
John Oates / The Register:
BEA finally says yes to Oracle - for $8.5bn
Discussion: eWeek
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
MacBook AirHead: why Apple's new laptop is basically useless  —  First, let me just say that the Air is an extremely impressive piece of technology.  The miniaturization, the optimization of space, the blatant disregard for current standards — it's everything a revolutionary machine should be.
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
iGoogle Themes Directory Launched  —  In October last year, I asked whether we should expect to see an iGoogle Themes Directory Coming Soon.  Today, Peter Dawson noticed that the Themes Directory is now live!  —  Not only does the directory allow you to view and select themes …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Mashable!
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Jesse Shieh / Google Code Blog:
iGoogle Themes API
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stevenote In 60 Seconds  —  Too lazy to watch the entire Stevenote video stream on CrunchGear, or read Duncan's real time notes from the event?  No worries.  Mahalo's Veronica Belmont distills all the important stuff down into just sixty seconds.  —  See all of our coverage from Macworld here and at CrunchGear.
Eric J. Sinrod / CNET News.com:
Is GPS liability next?  —  perspective An automobile driver recently was held responsible for crashing a rental car into a train after following global positioning system instructions that put his rental car onto the train tracks.  —  This raises the specter of automobile drivers pointing …
Discussion: All Points Blog
 
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