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12:30 PM ET, July 9, 2007

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Google:
Google to Acquire Postini  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini, a global leader in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide.
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Dave Girouard / Official Google Blog:
Welcome, Postini team  —  We launched Google Apps so that it would be easier for employees to communicate and share information while reducing the hassles and costs associated with enterprise software.  Companies are responding: every day, more than 1,000 small businesses sign up for Google Apps.
Ryan McIntyre / McInblog:
P&G (Postini and Google, of course)  —  I am excited to announce that Postini has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google for $625 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments, and Postini will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google.
Discussion: GigaOM and Burnham's Beat
Rajen Sheth / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Secure innovation - Postini joins the Google team  —  Since launching Google Apps last August, companies of all sizes have experienced the benefits of delivering simple, useful hosted applications to their employees.  However, larger organizations are frequently forced to choose between taking advantage …
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Google To Purchase Postini For $625 Million  —  Google has announced that it is acquiring Postini, an on demand communications e-mail security company.  —  Google will pay $625 million for Postini and the company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Google.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google snaps up anti-spam and data security firm Postini  —  Google has announced a $625 million acquisition of Postini, a major provider of corporate communications security and spam filtering services.  Postini will become a wholly-owned Google subsidiary when the deal closes at the end of the third quarter.
Discussion: TechSpot News and New York Times
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:   Google Agrees to Purchase Postini for $625 Million
ZDNet:   Google to buy e-mail security company for $625 million
Inquirer:
Google grabs Postini for $625 million
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Sony Cuts PlayStation 3 Prices as Many Xboxes Fail  —  Facing slower-than-expected sales of its PlayStation 3 video game system, Sony said it would announce Monday that it planned to lower the price of its console in the United States by $100, to $500, effective Thursday.
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Jared Rea / Joystiq:
Sony confirms: 80GB PlayStation 3 and price drop for 60GB model  —  In a press release issued tonight, Sony has confirmed that the 60GB PlayStation 3 has received a $100 dollar price drop, making for a retail price of $499 and is effective as of now.  Taking its place at the $599 dollar price point is a new …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft, Engadget and Bloomberg
Will Greenwald / Crave: The gadget blog:
Playstation 3 price cut official: 60GB PS3 now just $500
Discussion: GameSpot
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces $100 Price Cut …
Discussion: IGN, Kotaku and The Game Chair
Reuters:
Sony cuts PS3 price by $100
Bill Ray / The Register:
Is your phone free?  —  OpenMoko sets Open source handset loose  —  The OpenMoko project has debuted what could be the ultimate geek handset: a Linux-based mobile phone, complete with an open-source operating system and application suite.  —  The Neo 1973 handset, which starts at $300 …
Discussion: digg
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Second open Linux phone goes on sale
Discussion: Boing Boing
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can OpenMoko break the wireless monopoly?
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mosh, Yahoo's New Social Network Initiative  —  Here's a juicy tip - we've been hearing about a new Yahoo social network initiative called Mosh, which is at mosh.yahoo.com but can only be accessed from inside the Yahoo offices.  If you happen to be using the guest wifi at Yahoo …
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Alertbox:
Write Articles, Not Blog Postings … I recently served as a "consultant's consultant," advising a world leader in his field on what to do about his website.  In particular, this expert asked me whether he should start a weblog.  I said no.  —  You probably already know my own Internet strategy …
Discussion: Bokardo, Hacking Cough and I, Platform
PR Newswire:
VMware and Intel Capital Announce Investment  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July  —  It's official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft.  —  Just when Microsoft had customers, partners and competitors all believing that it was going to delay the first service pack for Vista — not releasing a first beta …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
EA Chief Cites Need For More Innovative Games  —  Electronic Arts Inc. became the world's biggest maker of videogames by relying on a formula now widespread in the industry: pumping out sequels of familiar game franchises, like Madden football, that consumers bought almost on cue.
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Makes Late Push To Find Other Buyers  —  As negotiations with News Corp. continue, Dow Jones & Co. is making one last push to find other possible buyers for itself, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The long-shot efforts by the publisher of The Wall Street Journal …
MacNN:
Piper: Mac OS X-based iPods by January  —  Changes to the iPod may soon bring it in line with the iPhone, while avoiding cannibalized sales, according to a new outlook report.  Analysts at the research firm Piper Jaffray suggest that as expected, the next generation of iPods will be based …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
 
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