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Sony is answering Amazon.com‘s Kindle 2 by forging a new partnership with Google that will give users of its Reader device access to 500,000 copyright-free books. “We have focused our efforts on offering an open platform and making it easy to find as much content as possible — from our store or others — whether that content is purchased, borrowed or free,” said Steve Haber, president of the digital reading business division at Sony Electronics. Los Angeles Times (free registration) (3/19) , The Wall Street Journal (3/19) , The New York Times (3/18)

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Software giant IBM is in talks to acquire Sun Microsystems in blockbuster deal valued at nearly $7 billion, reports The NYTimes. Sun, which counts General Electric and GM Corp. among its customers, would strengthen IBM’s top mover status in the computer server business – a market that topped $50 billion last year globally. IBM had a 31.4% share of the market last year; H-P was second with 29.5%, Dell was third with 11.6% and Sun ranked fourth, at 10.6%, according to the research firm IDC. (Cynopsis 3/19)

Earlier this month Techcrunch reported that Cisco Systems had acquired Pure Digital Technologies, the makers of the popular Flip Video cameras. Today, Cisco officially announced the deal, which was for $590 million in stock. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/19/its-official-cisco-buys-pure-figital-flip-video-for-590-million/ 3/19)

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Shuttle is now offering the X50 from its Shuttle X Vision line. The new product is an all-in-one, 15.6-inch PC, which can be hung on the wall like a TV or picture frame. The computer features Windows XP, a 160GB hard drive, Intel’s dual-core 1.6GHz Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM. Electronista (3/18)

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