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12:20 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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HP:
HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 Billion  — EDS shareholders to receive $25.00 per share in cash for each EDS share  — Transaction expected to more than double HP's revenue from services, furthering its standing as world's largest technology company  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., and PLANO, Texas, May 13, 2008
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP-EDS: It's About The Clouds, Baby!  —  Updated: With the Microsoft-Yahoo battle fading from the dynamic random memories of our over stimulated brains, it is time to turn our attention to Hewlett-Packard's $13.9 billion deal to acquire EDS, a services giant in its own right.  The news was announced this morning.
Nick / Rough Type:
HP rolls up EDS
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
West Coast Versus East Coast Tech As HP Grabs For Cheap EDS
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
HBO & Apple Bring Critically Acclaimed Television Programming to the iTunes Store  —  Favorites Including “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” Now Available on iTunes  —  HBO and Apple® today announced that programming from HBO is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Sex and the iTunes Store  —  They're there: Carrie Bradshaw.  Tony Soprano.  Jimmy McNulty.  Jemaine Clement.  Seth Bullock.  Julius Caesar.  —  Early Tuesday morning, somebody at Apple's iTunes Store flicked a switch and six of HBO's most popular series became available for download …
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Apple OKs variable pricing for HBO
Discussion: Digital Daily
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple Executives to Showcase Mac OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone Development Platforms at WWDC 2008 Keynote  —  Apple® today announced that a team of Apple executives, led by CEO Steve Jobs, will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, I4U News and Engadget
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Can't Kill The BlackBerry
Discussion: TG Daily
Microsoft:
Microsoft Mac BU Delivers Strongest Launch in History of Office for Mac  —  Group releases Service Pack 1, announces the return of Visual Basic for Applications in next version.  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) today announced details about the success of Office 2008 …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Mac Office sales soar on Apple's gains  —  While Apple's market share gains are cause for consternation for many in Redmond, one unit is clearly benefiting.  —  Microsoft's Mac unit is set to disclose on Tuesday that copies of the new Office for Mac 2008 are flying off the shelves at three times the rate of its predecessor.
Discussion: MacRumors, The Register and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Stealth Data Project Could Be Just What The Internet Needs  —  One of the most frustrating tasks about my job is finding reliable traffic and other usage data about websites.  —  But today, Mozilla CEO John Lilly and VP Engineering Mike Schroepfer said they may fix that problem in the future …
Discussion: DSLreports
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Research launches WorldWide Telescope, Scoble cries  —  You probably have heard about Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope referred to as “the thing that made Robert Scoble cry”.  Today, the world finally gets to check out what all the buzz is about.
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder, the touchscreen BlackBerry we've all been waiting for  —  Since we were the first ones to break the news about a touchscreen BlackBerry device, it's only fitting that we follow up and give y'all the real lowdown on it!  This is going to excite a lot of people, but anger many.
Android Developers Blog:
The Top 50 Applications  —  As you may have heard, the results from Android Developer Challenge Part 1, Round 1 were announced to all the participants late last week.  We're still working on pulling together a more extensive listing for each application that made it into the top 50 …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Friend Connect gets a warm reception at Google Campfire One  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Maybe it was because Google preaching to the social-networking choir, or maybe it was the toasty campfires and hot cocoa, but demonstrations of Google's new Friend Connect service seemed generally well received Monday night.
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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs  —  Company to Drop Some Niche Models In Bet on Alienware  —  Dell Inc. is taking a surprising step to reinvigorate its business in specialty gaming personal computers: abandoning several of its most popular models to focus on what it sees as its premium line.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows Server 2008 goes down-market  —  Microsoft is set to announce Tuesday that it is launching a “public preview” program for two server products based on its Windows Server 2008 operating system.  —  The products, one aimed at small business and the other at midsize firms …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Gates: Windows 7 will “take less memory, be more efficient”  —  It can be argued that Microsoft's main focus with Windows Vista was security.  While sceptics try to claim that there has not been much improvement, Vista does appear to be Microsoft's most secure OS to date.
 
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