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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
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:
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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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW and Engadget
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Simple Is As Simple Does: The Risk Of Retweet  —  Despite starting Blogger, Evan Williams rarely blogs.  But yesterday, for the first time in several months, he decided to put the digital pen to the digital paper in order to layout his thoughts for Twitter's new Retweet functionality.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Plans $750M Buyback To Offset AdMob Dilution  —  Google (GOOG) plans to buy back $750 million of its common stock to offset dilution from shares to be issued in the pending all-stock acquisition of AdMob, CEO Eric Schmidt told Bloomberg yesterday.  —  In a research note …
Discussion: Bloomberg and mocoNews
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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 …
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.
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
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Beware the hype around mergers  —  You can't accuse the executives who run big corporations of being the most creative people on the planet, especially when the companies hit a rough patch or their growth stalls.  Inevitably, they turn to one of two strategies: They fire a lot of people, or they buy another company.
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.
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
How to fix the Motorola DROID MMS bug  —  We recently reported an issue regarding the Howard Forums from a user who seemed to identify this issue.  We have tested it successfully, both purposefully breaking and then fixing our ability to send MMS.  —  The culprit: parentheses around your contact's area code.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
 
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