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Around the Web 3.18.09: IBM eyes Sun, SXSW techies go lean but upbeat, familiar names stock

March 18, 2009 |  7:43 am
Attendees at South by Southwest Interactive stock up on tacos. Credit: Tom Purves via Flickr.

-- IBM is reportedly in talks to acquire Sun Microsystems, the struggling server and software company. Shouldn't that have happened a long time ago? CNet

-- Techies at South by Southwest Interactive ignore the recession, embrace the recession. Says one, "Broke is the new chic." LAT

-- The boys are back in town. Steve Case and Ted Leonsis return to AOL to rally the troops. Wash Post

-- They were invited by new CEO Tim Armstrong, who has already been replaced as Google's head of ad sales by Dennis Woodside. AllThingsD

-- He's no Steve Jobs, but Apple SVP Scott Forstall did a serviceable job pitching the iPhone 3.0 update. CNet

-- Stash this in your how-not-to-tweet folder. I'm Not Actually a Geek

-- Failed diversity strategy or natural selection? Some 46% of Digg home page stories during the past week came from only 50 websites. (The L.A. Times is No. 27 on the list).

-- Computer science majors are finally starting to increase after a decade of declines. ArsTechnica

-- A privacy group asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's safeguarding of personal information. TechCrunch

-- Chris Gaither