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9:55 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.
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 and WebProNews
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.
Discussion: Microsoft (MSFT)
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Microsoft's OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver's seat
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Blyk's free mobile launch delayed  —  The planned launch of Britain's first mobile phone service that offers free calls and texts in return for users accepting adverts on their handsets has been delayed for several months.  —  Blyk, a start-up run by the former president of the Finnish mobile firm Nokia …
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Apple sneaks Java support onto the iPhone  —  Despite public comments by Steve Jobs that "Java's not worth building in [to the iPhone]", it turns out that Apple did just that by using an ARM-based CPU that supports Java natively.  Programmers cannot (yet) take advantage of this, but Apple could …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Reuben Schwarz / Stuff.co.nz:
Hobby leads to career for tech blogger  —  Wellington is home to a rising star in the highly competitive and global blogging industry.  —  Richard MacManus runs the world's 28th most popular blog, Read/WriteWeb, from his home office in Lower Hutt.  —  It's every blogger's fantasy.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
GPNC's 70-inch all-in-one touch-screen PC  —  We've seen plenty of all-in-one PCs in our time but this 70-inch model from Korea's GPNC is certainly the biggest.  Meant for commercial use, it will be produced in both touch-screen and standard LCD models featuring a 1080p capable …
Discussion: Ministry of Tech
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Report: South Korea tops in social networking, US fifth  —  Although social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook look like raging successes here in the US, the real action is happening in other countries.  In South Korea, for instance, more than half of all Internet users have accessed …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Fixing Typos by Web Users, Without Raising Hackles  —  David Ulevitch is trying to turn two numbers into a multimillion-dollar business.  —  The numbers — each composed of a quartet of digits — are just two of the more than four billion unique identifiers, the street addresses of cyberspace …
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Reuters:
Live Earth Internet streaming sets record: MSN
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD to Can Single-core, Cut Dual-core Prices on Monday
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
Discussion: Glass House
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Facebook and (My) continual partial attention  —  So I hit …
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Google Wall of Ideas
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Openads 2.3 Beta Launched, But Google Threat Lurks
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Asymmetric risk and the dangers of too high a valuation
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Competition For Scribd  —  Scribd, dubbed "YouTube for documents" …
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Sûnnet Beskerming / The Register:
Time to blacklist blacklists  —  Plenty of ways to overcome 'minor inconvenience'
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