[ATTACH=right]16975[/ATTACH]Lately, we've been feeling rather sorry for Dell's media relations people - they keep having to put out [URL="http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/secure/2010-08-26-response.aspx"]press releases[/URL] about how their employer has purchased data storage company 3Par, only to learn later that it hasn't actually happened. Dell first announced its acquisition of 3Par [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story304779.html"]a couple weeks ago[/URL], when it made an $18 per share bid for the company. But a week later, HP triggered a frenzied bidding war when it offered $24 a share for the company. The back and forth bids have continued, increasing first to $27 per and now the latest offer from HP is …

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[ATTACH=right]16801[/ATTACH]The holiday shopping season has apparently come early to the tech world. First came the big and stupefying news that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story305645.html"]Intel was purchasing security leader McAfee[/URL] for $7.68 billion earlier, and now the end of the week brings a new flurry of acquisitions from three more industry leaders. [B]Google Likes What it Sees in Like.com[/B] It's been a long, tortured romance between the two search engines. The Mountain View Monster originally courted Like.com's visual search service for retail back in 2004 when the brand new company was known as Riya. As Like.com itself explains, its technology... [QUOTE]lets us understand visually …

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That's what the [URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121623279341859201.html?mod=hpp_us_whats_news"]Wall Street Journal[/URL] seems to think anyway. I can't help but be a little cynical about this, what with their would-be deal with Yahoo! hardly cold in its grave. The cold-hearted journalist in me tends to see conspiracy theories wherever it looks, so please forgive me if I indulge in one right now. But wouldn't it be odd, after Microsoft had been trying to pressurise Yahoo! into a snap decision last week, if they were actually using another company just to apply a little pressure. Surely that wouldn't happen. Not really..?

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Surprising news from the Yahoo camp late this afternoon, with Yahoo announcing that it will begin a limited test of Google Inc.'s AdSense for Search service, which will deliver relevant Google ads alongside Yahoo’s own search results. According to a statement from Yahoo, the test will apply only to traffic from Yahoo.com in the U.S. and will not include the company’s extended network of affiliate or premium publisher partners. The test is expected to last up to two weeks and will be limited to no more than 3% of Yahoo search queries. The news sent shock waves through Wall Street, …

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Today's trading was flat, with most of the tech news coming from the Yahoo & Microsoft camps. Microsoft seems to be getting all Tony Soprano-like on the Yahoo board, issuing a pointed letter that emphasized an April 26 deadline for accepting its $44.6 billion takeover bid for the mega-web portal. Reportedly, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer threatened Yahoo, saying if its board of directors board doesn't relent, he would slash Microsoft bid's and demand that Yahoo's shareholders request a new board that would see things in their favor - and in Microsoft's favor, as well. Yahoo returned fire with a defiant …

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Kind of a quiet week in the technology corner of the stock market. That's not so bad, as people can exhale and figure out if the latest Federal Reserve move to cut the Fed Funds rate by .75 points signals the bottom (finally) of the bearish stock market. if so, then buyers will move back into the market and some semblance of sanity can prevail as the big financial houses move to stabilize themselves amidst the aftershocks of the credit and lending crisis. One tech story that only grows bigger, however, is the Yahoo-Microsoft face-off. On Tuesday, Yahoo's directors made …

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It’s like the 1990’s again, with all of the big name merger and acquisition activity. We’ve read about Microsft and Yahoo in the last few weeks and now comes wind of a proposed $1.0 billion deal between video game titan Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software. EA is known for its “Madden” and “Need for Speed” video games, while Take-Two is the developer behind the popular “Grand Theft Auto” video game. If EA were to pull this deal off, it would surpass Activision as the largest video game publisher in the world. But it won’t be easy. Activision has already …

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Nobody has ever accused Microsoft of not knowing how to play hardball. From its history of monopolistic practices, of elbowing competitors out of the marketplace (hello, Netscape!), or lifting ideas it likes from adversaries like Apple without shame, Microsoft is more than ready to throw the first punch. With that in mind, it could be that Yahoo’s board of directors might just get flattened by the Microsoft machine. This after reports from Seattle that Microsoft is prepared to take its $31 per share takeover offer for Yahoo right past the company’s board and straight to Yahoo shareholders. The proof? How …

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An update on the Microsoft & Yahoo merger comes today in the form of an email from a member of the Yahoo board of directors to shareholders. The email, which was published on Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog earlier this morning, gives a good inside account of why Yahoo shareholders may have reason to believe that more money is coming down the pike from Seattle. Here's the most compelling excerpt . . . "As you'll see from the news release we issued today, our board of directors has reviewed microsoft's unsolicited proposal with yahoo!'s management, financial and legal advisors. after a …

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Rockstar Games has released a game patch to counter the problemattic 'Hot Coffee' mod which landed them in hot water! The version 1.01 patch not only corrects a few game bugs, it also adds display options to suit its use on HD display devices and completely disables the 'locked' offensive content which recently led to the game [url=http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry276.html]being banned[/url] from sale in many places about the globe. I don't know about you, but to me that kinda sounds like the little boy with his finger in the dyke! There were millions of copies of the game sold, and most of …

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The End.