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11:50 PM ET, November 11, 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
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 …
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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:
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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Windows 7 was “inspired by Mac”, Microsoft admits  —  We reckon a lot of Mac users will be dashing across to read PCR's interview with Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous, today, if only to look in black and white at his admission that Windows 7 was “inspired” by Apple's Mac OS X.
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and TUAW
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 …
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 …
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 …
Pete Lidwell / The Official Google Blog:
Locking SafeSearch  —  When you're searching on Google, we think you should have the choice to keep adult content out of your search results.  That's why we developed SafeSearch, a feature that lets you filter sexually explicit web sites and images from your search results.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's AdMob Purchase Will Expand Sales of IPhone Ads, CEO Schmidt Says  —  Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said his company's $750 million purchase of AdMob Inc. will expand sales of ads that appear in applications on smart phones such as the iPhone.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Plans $750M Buyback To Offset AdMob Dilution
Discussion: mocoNews
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.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Cgaylord / Christian Science Monitor:
PS3: Modern Warfare 2 servers down, debunked on Twitter  —  Modern Warfare 2 - those three words are arguably the biggest in gaming this year, but it took just two days for problems with the game's servers to bring the thriving multiplayer community to its knees.
Discussion: VG247
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 …
Discussion: LAPTOP Mag, Technologizer, CIO.com and eWeek
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers  —  Thousands of gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.  —  Online reports suggest that as many as 600,000 gamers may have been affected.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bump Goes Cross-Platform With New Android App; Upgrades iPhone Version Too  —  It's a big night for Bump Technologies, the mobile software startup that recently landed a round of funding led by Sequoia Capital.  The company makes mobile apps that let users share their contact information …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide SaaS Revenue to Grow 18 Percent in 2009  —  Worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach $7.5 billion in 2009, a 17.7 percent increase from 2008 revenue of $6.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. The market will show consistent growth through 2013 …
Jgb / alarm:clock:
Horse-Racing's YouBet Bought by Churchill Dows for $126.8M  —  Burbank-based Youbet.com, an online site focused on horse racing wagering and content, has been acquired by Churchill Downs for $126.8M.  Churchill Downs is world-famous for its ownership of the Kentucky Derby, and they run other thoroughbred racing events.
Zee / The Next Web Appetite:
Twitter pulls new retweet feature until bugs are fixed.  —  Where have retweets disappeared to you ask?  —  Well we were wondering the same thing, but after a little digging, we've got an answer.  —  After phase 2 of the release yesterday, it seems Twitter has pulled the plug on the feature temporarily.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vimeo's videos get iPhone, Android-friendly
Discussion: MobileCrunch and jkOnTheRun
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Current TV Staff Suffer A “Major Bloodbath” As 80 Employees Lose Their Jobs
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Louis Gray:
Twitter Plucks Data Management Guru from Yahoo!
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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