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9:10 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 …
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
Vincent / GrandCentral Blog:
We're now part of Google!
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Grand Central acquired by Google for $50 million?
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Deal is Confirmed: Google Acquired GrandCentral
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Om Malik / GigaOM:   GrandCentral pulls into Google
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 …
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 /
The Ultimate Extras Team Speaks! (Finally)
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Tony Halpin / Times of London:
Russia shuts down  —  The music download website whose activities threatened to scupper Russia's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has been shut down.  —  The site,, was quietly closed as the Kremlin sought to end criticism from the United States …
Discussion: Geek News Central
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Russia Shuts Down Allofmp3, International Trade Can Now Resume
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Tai Adelaja / The Moscow Times:
Target of U.S. Ire Quietly Goes Offline
Discussion: and Slyck
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
AllOfMP3 Shut Down by Russian Government
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal in Dispute With Apple Over iTunes  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple, is an emerging force in the mobile phone business, thanks to the snaking lines of gadget fans who queued up last week to buy the iPhone.  But now he faces a headache in an industry Apple already dominates — digital music.
Harrison Hoffman /
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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 …
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
NetSuite Decides To Go Dutch For Date With Public Market  —  The concept of Dutch auction IPOs has been around for some time, but despite its promise of being fairer to investors, the concept hasn't really gained much traction on Wall Street.  Without a doubt, Google's IPO is the most prominent company …
Discussion: The Register and alarm:clock
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, and GigaOM
Yahoo!'s New ''SmartAds'' Meld Brand and Direct Response Advertising  —  Innovative, Patent-Pending Ad Delivery Platform Allows Marketers to Present Highly Targeted Online Display Ads in Real Time to Match a User's Distinctive, Expressed Interests  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jul 02, 2007 …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Customized Ads Move a Step Closer
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff and
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 ( — Opening weekend sales of iPhones may have reached 500,000, according to an analyst's estimate …
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.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Microsoft document formats gain Mass. favor  —  Massachusetts has proposed changing its standards policy to make room for Microsoft Office document formats.  —  The state's Information Technology Division on Monday posted a draft proposal, part of a periodic revision to its overall technical architecture …
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
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