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11:50 PM ET, July 2, 2007

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Wesley Chan / Official Google Blog:
All aboard  —  We're pleased to announce that we have acquired GrandCentral Communications, a company that provides services for managing your voice communications.  GrandCentral is an innovative service that lets users integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one account …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
GrandCentral pulls into Google  —  Google, continuing its start-up gobbling ways has acquired GrandCentral, the company announced today.  This rumor did the rounds last month.  While they are not talking shekels just yet, we are told the Minor Ventures-backed company fetched north of $50 million.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Vincent / GrandCentral Blog:
We're now part of Google!  —  We wanted to let you know that GrandCentral has been acquired by Google!  We're particularly excited about this because it ensures that not only will we have the resources to continue to bring you even more innovative communications features down the road …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Should Announce GrandCentral Acquisition Today or Tomorrow  —  A follow up to our post a week ago: A source close to the deal has confirmed to us that Google has closed the acquisition of GrandCentral and will be announcing it this week, probably today or tomorrow.
Discussion: CrunchBase and CostPerNews
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Grand Central acquired by Google for $50 million?
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Google Acquires GrandCentral - Game on Skype!
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Deal is Confirmed: Google Acquired GrandCentral
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Tony Halpin / Times of London:
Russia shuts down Allofmp3.com  —  The music download website whose activities threatened to scupper Russia's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has been shut down.  —  The site, Allofmp3.com, was quietly closed as the Kremlin sought to end criticism from the United States …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
AllOfMP3 Shut Down by Russian Government  —  Before the shutdown AllOfMP3 had nearly 6 million users who were able to download songs and albums for a fraction of the price from authorized alternatives such as the iTunes Store.  MP3s were sold for $0.20 per song, or less.
Tai Adelaja / The Moscow Times:
Target of U.S. Ire Quietly Goes Offline  —  If Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin tire of squabbling about Kosovo and missile defense, there is one thing they can turn to without heated words: AllofMP3.com.  —  The embattled online music store appears to have quietly lost its battle …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Slyck
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:   Russia Shuts Down Allofmp3, International Trade Can Now Resume
Barryg / Announcements:
Update on the Windows Ultimate Extras  —  When we launched Windows Vista in January 2007, we identified Windows Ultimate Extras as a unique series of add-ons that would be available to Windows Vista Ultimate customers.  To date, we have released four sets of Extras - Windows Hold'Em …
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Ultimate team provides an update on Extras  —  The Windows Ultimate Extras Team today posted a short notice on the Windows Vista Ultimate site updating the community on the status of Ultimate Extras; go here to read their post.  To sum it up for you here, the team recognizes that they've …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says more Vista Ultimate add-ons are in the pipeline
Discussion: WinExtra
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
The Ultimate Extras Team Speaks! (Finally)
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Reuters:
SK Telecom, EarthLink to put $100 mln each in JV  —  SEOUL, July 2 (Reuters) - South Korea's SK Telecom Co. (017670.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) and U.S. Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. (ELNK.O: Quote, Profile, Research) plan to inject up to $100 million each in Helio …
Discussion: alarm:clock, mocoNews.net and GigaOM
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Ellison's NetSuite Headed for IPO  —  Oracle's chief executive plans to take his accounting software company public in a September auction.  Critics worry about his role  —  Make way for Larry Ellison's other company.  NetSuite, begun in 1998 with a slice of the personal fortune of the Oracle …
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
NetSuite Decides To Go Dutch For Date With Public Market
Discussion: The Register and alarm:clock
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Are my online friends for real?  —  As Facebook continues its explosive growth here's one question troubling me.  Are my friends for real?  —  This week I received this intriguing message from a man who moves in London's new media circles.  —  He wrote: "I met somebody the other day who told …
Missy Krasner / Official Google Blog:
Google and health care  —  In a world of 24/7 news cycles, a summer weekend can bring considerable — and unanticipated — excitement.  Take for example the reaction we've just seen to an item on our new health advertising blog.  Frankly, we were surprised by the pickup, but perhaps we shouldn't have been.
Editor and Publisher:
100 New TV and Radio Sites Join AP's OVN  —  NEW YORK 85 more radio and 15 new television stations have added AP's Online Video Network and MSN player technology to their Web sites.  —  OVN affiliates can use their own content to leverage AP breaking news video and national advertising sales managed …
CNNMoney.com:
iPhone sales said to hit half-million  —  New Apple device lives up to the hype, though some buyers have activation woes; availability mixed at Apple Stores heading into new week.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Opening weekend sales of iPhones may have reached 500,000, according to an analyst's estimate …
 
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Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Nintendo: Smash Bros. Not Playable at E3
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Zenith Sees Rosier Picture For Online Advertising
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Kyle / uncov:
Powerset: Assert yourselves
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
AMD Cancels "Lima"
Discussion: TechSpot News
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Internet radio's not dead yet
Discussion: The Register
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
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Discussion: Joseph Laszlo
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
New Media Meets Old: A Look at Redesigned Mainstream News Sites
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Sony, Nielsen collaborate on in-game advertising metrics
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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Harrison Hoffman / Webware.com:
UNIVERSAL MUSIC IS BATTLING WITH STEVE JOBS
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Jonathan Hemingway / Broadcasting & Cable:
Moffett: Telco Threat is Over-Hyped
Discussion: dslreports.com
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Rival Manufacturers Chasing the iPhone
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Apps on Facebook
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft document formats gain Mass. favor
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
How SEOmoz Built One Million Links in Thirty-Three Months
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Taking the iPhone Apart
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Player of Video Games and Politics