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6:15 AM ET, November 12, 2009

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HP Newsroom:
HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion  —  Will create networking industry powerhouse with a proven, edge-to-data center set of solutions and global reach — HP and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) ("3Com") today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com …
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
3Com Trades: What Is Wrong With This Picture?  —  Hewlett-Packard just announced that it has agreed to buy 3Com Corp. for $7.90 per share, or approximately $2.7 billion.  Two thoughts:  —  1. It's a good thing the SEC is off for Veteran's Day, or else it would be busy trying to sort through the slew of inside traders.
Bob Brown / Network World:   3Com co-founder Metcalfe's quick take on HP-3Com buyout
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7  —  An inaccurate quote has been floating around the Internet today about the design origins of Windows 7 and whether its look and feel was “borrowed” from Mac OS X. Unfortunately this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook iPhone Dev Quits Project Over Apple Tyranny  —  “My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple's policies.”  - Joe Hewitt  —  Facebook developer Joe Hewitt, the man behind the immensely popular Facebook application for iPhone, has just tweeted that he's done with the project:
Dr. Wreck / phoneWreck:
Motorola Droid Teardown Images!  —  Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived.  Dr.Wreck has fully dissasembled his Brand New Motorola Droid from Verizon.  —  Stay tuned to his Twitter, and RSS feed for all the details as they come out!
Bing / Search Blog:
How Many Calories in a Burger?  What's 2^2^2^2^2?  Bing and Wolfram|Alpha Have the Answers  —  One of the things we've tried to do with Bing is to bring customers the information they are looking for, presented in a useful way.  If we can adequately infer a user's intent …
Damiano Beltrami / The Local:
His Facebook Status Now?  ‘Charges Dropped’  —  Where's my pancakes, read Rodney Bradford's Facebook page, in a message typed on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11:49 a.m., from a computer in his father's apartment in Harlem.  —  At the time, the sentence, written in indecipherable street slang …
Dan Stokeley / The Official Google Blog:
Google's movie showtimes, digitally remastered  —  Did you know you can immediately discover movie times and locations by typing a simple search on Google?  For example, search for [where the wild things are] and you'll see times and places to watch the film, or try [glendale 18 los angeles] to see movies playing at your local theater.
Sal / SCRAWL:
Rumor: Facebook, Gamercard colors in next PS3 FW update [Update: Real]  —  Update: Looks like these shots were taken directly from the PlayStation website itself.  Link here, here and here.  It's real.  —  Original: Facebook integration, the ability to change your gamercard colors …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google plans Chrome Mac beta for December  —  Google plans to release a Mac beta of Chrome in early December, judging by some chatter on a mailing list for the browser.  —  Chrome 4. is available today as a beta version for Windows but only as a rougher developer-preview version on Linux …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple App Store Takes Tiny Step Toward Transparency  —  Taking a small step toward openness, Apple rolls out a brand new way for iPhone developers to track the status of apps they've submitted to the App Store.  —  While it may not sound like much, the move gives iPhone developers reason to celebrate.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo's Bartz cancels CES keynote appearance  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has abruptly canceled her scheduled keynote speech at CES, arguably the biggest event on the technology calendar.  —  Tech Trader Daily noticed Tuesday that Bartz's name had disappeared from the list of keynote speakers for the 2010 CES …
Chung Wu / The Official Google Blog:
World Bank public data, now in search  —  When we first launched public data on Google.com, we wanted to make statistics easier to find and to encourage debate based on facts rather than intuition.  The day after we launched, a friend who worked at the World Bank called me …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Universities reject Kindle DX as a textbook replacement  —  Two universities running Kindle DX pilot programs have rejected the device as a potential textbook replacement, citing a poor feature set and the controversial accessibility issues.  Primary among these is the text-to-speech capability.
Groklaw NewsPicks:
Microsoft Patents Sudo?!!  —  Lordy, lordy, lordy.  They have no shame.  It appears that Microsoft has just patented sudo, a personalized version of it.  —  Here it is, patent number7617530.  Thanks, USPTO, for giving Microsoft, which is already a monopoly, a monopoly on something that's …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Free Streaming May Soon Be History: Spotify Delays U.S. Launch, MySpace May Move To Pay Model  —  2008 was the year of free streaming music.  When MySpace Music entered the fray a little over a year ago, it seemed like the music labels had finally relented, and were willing to experiment with free streaming music to users.
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Vista users are jumping fast to Windows 7, but XP users aren't  —  InfoWorld's tracking service shows that Windows 7 uptake is surging, and Vista switchers account for the lion's share  —  Windows 7 is surging.  After an insanely popular beta cycle, Microsoft's latest and greatest has exploded …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Playdom Raises A Huge Round At A Huge Valuation  —  It's only a day after one of the big three social game developers, Playfish, announced a $400 million acquisition.  —  And today we've confirmed that another one, Playdom, has done its own massive deal: $43 million on a $260 million pre-money valuation.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
$35,000 to tour Bill Gates' house  —  The latest sign of the economic recovery: Bill Gates' house.  —  Each fall as part of Microsoft's charitable giving campaign, people at the company donate products, services and experiences for their fellow employees to bid on.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Adobe says Flash for webOS coming in first half of 2010  —  While we're almost entirely certain that Flash will not be included in webOS 1.3.1 (despite the groundwork currently being laid), there does seem to be a timetable out there.  Adobe delivered Flash 10.1 for mobile to manufacturers last month …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Price Is Heavier, but These Laptops Are Very Sleek  —  PC makers this fall are trying to get consumers who want small laptops to move up from low-profit netbooks to larger, costlier models called “ultrathin” or “thin and light.”  These models are lighter and thinner than many regular laptops …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look At All The Sites Owned By Rupert Murdoch That ‘Steal’ Content  —  As Rupert Murdoch talks about how he wants to cut off Google, while claiming that aggregator sites are “parasites” and “stealing” from him — and that fair use would likely be barred by the courts, it seemed …
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Is Infochimps' Aggregated Data a Boon to Researchers or a Privacy Nightmare?  —  A pair of slices from a massive scrape of Twitter's API could be of great use to programmers and researchers alike — as long as users don't mind.  The company behind the mining effort, Infochimps …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wistron: Readius-like ereader with pull-out flexible display launching in 2010  —  We've had a soft spot for Polymer Vision in the fetid hollows of that place you call a heart ever since we pressed flesh to its Readius back in February 2008.  Unfortunately, we had to let go of any hope …
Discussion: DigiTimes, SlashGear and Fudzilla
Michael French / mcvuk.com:
Natal launch details leak from secret Microsoft tour  —  November 2010 release, 5m units global ship, 14 games, and super-low sub-£50 price  —  MCV can this week reveal first details regarding the launch of Microsoft's Project Natal.  —  Our sources say the innovative controller-free 360 camera …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Verizon to Launch an iPhone Next Year?  —  The mobile space has long buzzed with rumors of a Verizon Wireless version of the iPhone, and according to Northeast Securities, the device may finally arrive next year.  Citing its supply-chain checks, the financial services firm …
 
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Cgaylord / Christian Science Monitor:
PS3: Modern Warfare 2 servers down, debunked on Twitter
Discussion: Eurogamer and VG247
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Attackers conceal exploit sites with Twitter API
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
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 Earlier Items: 
301Works:
URL shorteners working with Internet Archive for long-term preservation
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:chrismessina
Steve Busfield / Guardian:
Guardian News & Media to cut 100 jobs
Discussion: paidContent
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Plans $750M Buyback To Offset AdMob Dilution
Discussion: Bloomberg, eWeek, mocoNews, GigaOM and CNET News
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vimeo's videos get iPhone, Android-friendly
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and MobileCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Current TV Staff Suffer A “Major Bloodbath” As 80 Employees Lose Their Jobs
Discussion: The Social, paidContent and NewTeeVee, Thanks:erickschonfeld
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide SaaS Revenue to Grow 18 Percent in 2009
Discussion: MediaPost