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Newswatch 9.28.07: GOOG makes concessions to save DoubleClick deal

GOOG defends DoubleClick deal

[BizWeek] Eric Schmidt told legislators on Sept. 27 that the company is exploring whether to let users keep Google from tracking the sites they're visiting. To do so, the company would enable Web surfers to shut off so-called cookies, the bits of code used to track the sites visited by individual computers and deliver ads related to those sites.

3Com sold, taken private

[Mercury News] Network equipment maker 3Com Corp. is giving up its independence in a $2.2 billion buyout by Bain Capital Partners, but it's gaining freedom from the whims of the market and a chance to expand in China.

GOOG buys social net Zingku

[CompWorld] A Google spokesman, in an e-mail, said the company had acquired "certain assets and technology" of Zingku. "We believe these assets can help build products and features that will benefit our users, advertisers and publishers." Details of the purchase weren't disclosed.

MSFT unveils TV networking devices

[InfoWeek] MSFT) on Thursday introduced Linksys, D-Link, and Niveus Media products that would distribute high-definition video from a Windows Media Center PC to any home TV with a wired or wireless network connection.

AAPL lawyer leaves for Qualcomm

[Forbes] Dan Rosenberg, 56, joined Apple last November, when the maker of iPod players and Macintosh computers was in the thick of a stock options scandal. His predecessor there, Nancy Heinen, is now fighting civil charges that she fraudulently backdated stock-options awards to the executive team and a grant to CEO Steve Jobs.

The Cloud offers cheap Wi-Fi for touch owners

[TUAW] The Cloud Unlimited Music gives iPod touch users unlimited access to the Clouds extensive network of Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK for £3.99 per month.
You might wonder why this is exclusive to the iPod touch, why not let iPhone users in on the fun? That's because the iPhone contract with O2 in the UK includes access to the Cloud (which is very cool indeed, why can't AT&T include something like this in the iPhone data plan?).

IBM Symphony: 100,000 downloads

[PCWorld] To keep up with the number of people interested in downloading Symphony, IBM tripled the number of download servers it had for the suite of productivity applications in the first few days of its release.