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2:55 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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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.
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
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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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:   Oracle, Sweetening Terms, Buys BEA
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Larry Ellison Catches His White Whale
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.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Library of Congress Teams with Flickr  —  The Library of Congress and photosharing site Flickr today announced a partnership that will put photos from the LoC's collection online in a social environment and users to interact with them.  The Library is home to more than 14 million photographs …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
REPORT: FACEBOOK THREATENS TO BAN GAWKER'S DENTON  —  This post was updated at 9:11 a.m. PST with comment from Nick Denton.  —  Facebook isn't too happy with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton over some screenshots of a member's profile that he posted on Gawker.com on Tuesday, Portfolio.com reports.
Discussion: Gawker
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Portfolio.com:   Blogger Bullying Draws a Website Warning
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Macworld: the thinnest notebook computer and Blu-ray  —  Blu-ray just trounced the HD DVD competition in the next-generation DVD war.  But the thinnest notebook computer in the world could spell trouble for the whole idea of storing anything on a disk.  —  The MacBook Air has no CD/DVD drive.
Discussion: Electronista
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John Markoff / Bits:
The Passion of Steve Jobs
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Proximic Signs Deals With Yahoo and eBay To Turn Product Listings Into Contextual Ads; Taking on AdSense  —  A tiny 14-man startup in Munich called Proximic wants to give Google a run for its money.  But it is not going after search.  It is coming from behind with an attack on AdSense.
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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Eric J. Sinrod / CNET News.com:
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