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Wednesday's Daily Blog Watch

Pondering Microsoft's rally, and is Informatica a takeover target?

Editor's note: Every morning, James Altucher presents the most timely, topical posts from the Web's best business blogs.

Jim answers questions

on

Nokia

(NOK) - Get Report

,

Toyota

(TM) - Get Report

, "Mad Money," and more.

Why has

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

been

rallying lately

?

Today's

Stockpickr System Trades of the Day

includes moves today on

Rent-A-Center

(RCII) - Get Report

and

PetSmart

(PETM)

.

I can't get all the rumors straight. Is Microsoft going for Facebook? Or

is it once again considering

Yahoo!

(YHOO)

.

Bespoke finds the

stocks with the highest interest and lowest short interest

on the Russell 1000.

Uber-billionaire Mark Cuban is the first person

to use his blog

to solicit votes for

Dancing with the Stars

.

Crossing Wall Street finds

a perfect growing company

.

I would not have thought it possible

but these cupcakes (with bacon on them) look insane

. And, this is just a teaser for the upcoming Good Life version of Blog Watch.

Hilary, Hilary, Hilary,

how do you keep finding these great stocks I've never heard of

. Stop it already.

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Unusual stocks of the day:

stocks that rose on unusual volume yesterday

, and stocks with

unusual option activity

. These are all potential breakout plays.

Congratulations to my friends at Infectious Greed (Paul Kedrosky) and footnoted.org (Michelle Leder) for

this best of the Web award

from

Business Week

.

Sramana Mitra believes

Informatica

(INFA)

might be an acquisition target

.

Stock Market Beat points out that although

Adobe

(ADBE) - Get Report

is

up on its recent earnings news

, it also got cheaper.

Stockerblog, of all people,

points out the connection between chess and hip-hop

. (Full disclosure: I did some work for the Wu-Tang Clan a decade ago.)

PaidContent believes that

ValueClick

(VCLK)

might be for sale again

.

Notable Calls notes that

Avid Technology

(AVID) - Get Report

might be having a weak quarter

.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for

The Financial Times

and the author of

Trade Like a Hedge Fund

,

Trade Like Warren Buffett

and

SuperCa$h

. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback;

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