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6:45 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: eWeek, TechBizMedia and Profy.Com
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Sun Buys MySQL: Creates Open Source Billionaires
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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: GigaOM, Mashable! and Somewhat Frank
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Flickr Takes Historical Imagery To The Masses
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Flickr Blog:
Many hands make light work
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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: Portfolio.com and All Facebook
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook bullies writers, not its engineers, to keep data private  —  My boss, Nick Denton, may be banned from Facebook, for posting photos of Emily Brill, daughter of entrepreneur Steve Brill.  Insiders at the social network tell me that they have considered similar sanctions against me …
Portfolio.com:
Blogger Bullying Draws a Website Warning  —  Has Nick Denton gone too far?  The new-media minimogul is notorious for poking New York media types in the eye (including Condé Nast Portfolio, Portfolio.com, and this writer).  —  But now he is accused of ambushing a publisher's daughter …
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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Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Scrabulous, Facebook and Scrabble
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Scott Nichols / Today @ PC World:   Another Facebook Gaffe: Hasbro Tells the Site to Scrap Scrabulous
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Is MacBook Air Worth the Money?  Five Slim Laptops Face Off  —  Updated with battery life stats, by popular demand.  We can all agree that the MacBook Air is a slick-looking little laptop.  It's so thin!  You can't argue with that!  But if you're in the market for a small, high-performance laptop, is it the best option?
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Newlaunches.com
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Times of London:
Microsoft seeks patent for office ‘spy’ software  —  Post your comments at the bottom of this article  —  Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker's productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.  —  The Times has seen a patent application filed …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
OK, Now This Is A Little Scary: Microsoft Biometrics
Discussion: Channel 9
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iTunes movie rentals vs. Netflix: It's Apples (Jobs variety) and oranges  —  Apple makes a big plunge into the movie rental business and almost instinctively folks dust off the “Netflix is screwed” line.  However, you may want to hold of f on that Netflix obituary (again).
Discussion: Bits
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iTunes and Apple TV rentals and purchases: what you can (and can't) do
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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Twitter have to be industrial strength?  —  One of the sidenotes of Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote was Twitter's performance problem-especially since some folks were depending on it to live blog.  The incident raises a question about Twitter: Does it have to be industrial strength to be taken seriously?
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple PC Sales Jump 30% in Q4, Gartner, IDC Say
Discussion: Electronista
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Eyeing Overage Charges? …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Are Facebook Application Users Worth $1.40 a Piece?
Edgar Online / Microsoft:
Microsoft and EDGAR Online Team Up on Advertising and Content
Maki / Dosh Dosh:
17 Ways You Can Use Twitter: A Guide for Beginners, Marketers and Business Owners
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
Intel Explains 45nm Delays, Errata
Discussion: AnandTech and The Tech Report
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launches Extended Profile
Discussion: Mashable! and Lonely CEO Media
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
Examining Feeds in Social Networks
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Jonny / Technobabble 2.0:
White paper - distributed influence: quantifying the impact of social media
Discussion: AttentionMax
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With FLEX?  —  Something is bothering holders of Flextronics …
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Proximic Signs Deals With Yahoo and eBay To Turn Product Listings …
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Danger of Free  —  Everyone loves to get stuff for free.
GigaOM:
10 Things You Need to Know About the Future of Broadband