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1:20 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 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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Hello, lover: HBO-iTunes hookup is official
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, Engadget and I4U News
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Can't Kill The BlackBerry
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
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.
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Travis Hudson / Today @ PC World:   Dell Halts High-End XPS Production
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: The Register, MacRumors 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
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Search To Surpass Size of Microsoft Windows in 2009  —  Why is Microsoft (MSFT) so concerned about Google?  (GOOG) Lots of reasons, one of which is this: By this time next year, Google's search business will be larger and more profitable than the most profitable and legendary monopoly in history—Microsoft Windows.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Google triumphant: Search wars look settled
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 …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Public Preview and Pricing for Windows Essential …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and BetaNews
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Introduces Group Albums to Make Sharing Simple  —  Photobucket, one of the web's most visited sites and home to billions of photos, is introducing a new feature dubbed “Group Albums”.  The feature will allow multiple friends to add their photos and videos to a shared album …
 
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IDG News Service:
Japanese Internet Satellite Hits 1.2Gbps
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Does Larry Ellison have the best SaaS strategy?
Opera:
Opera Mini — the people's choice
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
First Intel MID pre-order/pricing. Sit down before reading.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Finding cracks in Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jackpot! $15 million for Social Gaming Network
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Friend Connect gets a warm reception at Google Campfire One
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Gates: Windows 7 will “take less memory, be more efficient”