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2:05 PM 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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Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire MySQL, Developer of the World's Most Popular Open Source Database  —  Sun Growth Strategy Accelerates With New Position in $15 Billion Database Market  —  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement …
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 and MacDailyNews
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.
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
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Sun Buys MySQL: Creates Open Source Billionaires
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
Reuters:   Facebook asked by Mattel to remove ‘Scrabulous’
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   Scrabulous At Risk? Zynga $10 million VC Game: Facebook Roulette
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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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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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Larry Ellison Catches His White Whale
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Open Road
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Oracle Closes BEA Deal For $8.5 Billion
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven  —  If you're reading this, then chances are you already know about Web 2.0.  Even if you don't know the term itself, you're one of millions worldwide who are actively creating, sharing or benefiting from user-generated content that characterizes Web 2.0 phenomena.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Joho the Blog
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Library of Congress Teams with Flickr
Discussion: Flickr Blog and CenterNetworks
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (947563)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2002 …
John Markoff / Bits:
The Passion of Steve Jobs  —  Even more than when he's performing on stage, Steven P. Jobs's passion for personal computing comes through when he talks about the years he spent cajoling his designers to build what he presented today as the world's “thinnest” computer.
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Macworld: the thinnest notebook computer and Blu-ray
Discussion: Electronista
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iTunes and Apple TV rentals and purchases: what you can (and can't) do  —  Oh dear lord is there a lot of confusion about iTunes movie rentals, and how they differ from movie and TV purchases — and how the Apple TV and iTunes computer-driven downloads aren't the same either.
Discussion: Cinematical and Engadget HD
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson sells over 100 million handsets in 2007  —  2007 Highlights:  — 145 million music enabled phones sold to date, of which 57 million were Walkman® phones - maintaining leadership in music  —  The consolidated financial summary for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Bits Debate: Mixing It Up Over Remixes and Fair Use  —  If the issue behind our debate this week about copyright and piracy in the digital age is how much control creators should have over what happens to thier works, one of the key extensions to that question is the matter of fair use.
 
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