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11:15 AM 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.
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.
ZDNet:
Google to buy e-mail security company for $625 million  —  Printer ink price war may be underway … Report: Microsoft customers more leery of Software Assurance … Apple sneaks Java support onto the iPhone … VMware sets IPO price range; lands Intel Capital as investor
Discussion: Inquirer
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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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Sony announces price cut, new 80GB PlayStation 3 model for North America
Reuters:
UDPATE 2-Microsoft says no plans to cut Xbox Japan price
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 and Hacking Cough
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Improving Google's Social Network  —  Google already has a social network (orkut), but it's only popular in Brazil and India, doesn't have a Googlish interface and had a lot of security problems in the past.  That's why last year Google sponsored a project at the Carnegie Mellon University's …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Yahoo Both Working On Next Generation Social Networks
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Security Firm Auctions Bugs  —  A Swiss company has launched an eBay for details on unpatched security vulnerabilities.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Psst.  Want to buy a zero-day?  —  A Swiss startup called WabiSabiLabi Ltd. has some for sale, but to qualified buyers only.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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: CNET News.com
PR Newswire:
Lexmark revises financial outlook  —  LEXINGTON, Ky., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK - News) today announced that financial results for its second quarter of 2007 will be lower than expected.  —  Although based on partial data for the quarter …
Mike Kobrin / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: iRiver Clix Rhapsody Review  —  The second-generation iriver Clix is an impressive little device, but iriver followed in SanDisk's footsteps and used its partnership with Rhapsody to create a pretty slick little end-to-end solution called the Clix Rhapsody.
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sharp to Release Blu-ray Disc Player This Fall  —  Sharp announces a "Quick Starting" Blu-ray Disc player for late fall  —  The Blu-ray Disc player pool will have to make room for another, as Sharp Electronics will be releasing this fall its first player for the high-def optical format, reports High-Def Digest.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Robert Hensing / Robert Hensing's Blog:
VISTA READYBOOST SUCKAGE & VISTA RESUME SLUGGISHNESS  —  Soo last week I finally figured out why sometimes my notebook takes forever to resume from an S3 / S4 sleep.  My notebook is a Dell D820 with a Core2 Duo and 2GB of RAM - yet its brought to its knees sometimes when I resume.
Discussion: DailyTech and GottaBeMobile.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver's seat  —  Now more than half a year into the launch of Windows Vista, it's beginning to look as though Microsoft may have a rebellion on its hands, at least in the corporate world.  While Windows Vista continues to sell like hotcakes via OEMs to consumers …
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BBC:
Game world gets ready for E3 show
George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
An Escape From the Slush Pile: A Web Site Tries Out New Comics
Discussion: Inquirer
Kris Keilhack / PalmInfocenter.com:
New Version of Google Maps for Palm OS Released
Discussion: The Map Room and PalmAddicts
LWN.net:
Patch: Linux 2.6.22 released
Discussion: Inquirer
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Flock Version 0.9 Focuses on Social Media Discovery
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
GPNC's 70-inch all-in-one touch-screen PC
Discussion: Ministry of Tech
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Report: South Korea tops in social networking, US fifth
PR Newswire:
VMware and Intel Capital Announce Investment
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Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Apple sneaks Java support onto the iPhone
Discussion: CrunchGear
John Markoff / New York Times:
Fixing Typos by Web Users, Without Raising Hackles
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Associated Press:
US telecommunications company Verizon's copper cutoff traps …
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Wrong On Hyperlocal: Google And Web 1.0 Killed Backfence
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Facebook and (My) continual partial attention
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Blyk's free mobile launch delayed
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Google Wall of Ideas
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