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4:40 AM ET, June 25, 2007

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
LinkedIn Opening Platform  —  Last night I received a tip: LinkedIn is considering opening their platform to developers.  If true, this would be huge news.  While a bit skeptical, there are a few reasons that this could actually be taking place.  Since Facebook opened their platform almost a month ago …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Will Linked-in open up?  —  Apparently Linked-in is considering its options as a platform with an API.  The reason: Facebook, newly open to developers, is stealing its thunder.  It would be cool if they just implemented an identity service that managed relationships between users, and allowed developers to define the relationships.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire GrandCentral  —  Google is in acquisition discussions with telephone management startup GrandCentral, we've learned, and we have a high degree of confidence that the deal has actually been closed.  We are trying to nail down the acquisition price.
New York Times:
Murdoch Said to Be Close to Terms on Journal  —  The News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and advisers for Dow Jones and its controlling Bancroft family were close last night to agreeing on terms designed to protect The Wall Street Journal's newsroom independence if the company accepts …
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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Deal Talks Intensify  —  Representatives of Dow Jones & Co. and News Corp. were in intense negotiations yesterday following a near breakdown in discussions over a proposal to safeguard the editorial independence of The Wall Street Journal, according to people familiar with the matter.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone  —  The iPhone doesn't go on sale until Friday, but Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, is already changing the perception of the mobile phone, from a quick way to call a friend to a hip, media-friendly device.
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David Chartier / Download Squad:
Plaxo 3.0: Bringing web and desktop PIM together like never before  —  For about a month now, the kind folks at Plaxo have allowed us to play with the beta of Plaxo 3.0, a major update to their unique service that takes the 'management' out of desktop + online PIM.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Merges Ad Sales Units; Wenda Harris Millard Leaves To Join MSLO  —  Yahoo's chief sales officer Wenda Harris Millard is leaving the company. paidContent.org has learned that she is joining Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) as the [Chief Media Officer] President, Media.
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 3: "But I don't know any VCs!"  —  In my last post in this series, When the VCs say "no", I discussed what to do once you have been turned down for venture funding for the first time.  —  However, this presupposes you've been able to pitch VCs in the first place.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Symantec offers free software as amends for antivirus snafu  —  Not enough for some; "They call this compensation?" asks Chinese user  —  Five weeks after an errant virus update crippled thousands of Chinese PCs, Symantec Corp. has decided to compensate users by giving them free backup software …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
A Spurned Parody of 'Die Hard' Returns to YouTube, Approved  —  The story seems familiar to online video users: fans create a parody video using pirated studio content and post it on YouTube, and the studio's lawyers quickly have it removed for violating copyright law.
Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek:
Free VoIP For Your Windows Mobile Smartphone  —  Fring, the free mobile VoIP service that works just like Skype, is now available for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 smartphones.  Get ready for some free mobile phone calls.  —  Here is a look at Fring for WinMo smartphones:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boingo goes flat.  And that's good  —  Looks like common sense is finally prevailing in the for-fee Wi-Fi business.  —  Boingo Wireless, a Wi-Fi aggregator is launching a flat rate Wi-Fi plan for the entire planet, which seems like a first step in Wi-Fi price war, and that is just great, repeat great news for the consumer at large.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
VC Perspectives on the Facebook Platform: Andrew Chen, MDV EIR  —  Our Sand Hill interview series continues this week with Andrew Chen, Entrepreneur in Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures.  (Last week I spoke with Jeremy Liew, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, to get his perspective.)
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter meets podcasting?  —  The other day I was thinking about other kinds of Twitters.  The thing we like about Twitter is that you can't post a book-length story about what's going on right now, you can only do a 140-character synopsis — "I just got on BART" or "Driving to NoobCamp."
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