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11:30 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
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
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  —  Another fully open-source-based phone went on sale on Monday, offering developers the chance to build their own mobile Linux applications.  —  The Neo1973 is the first mobile phone to be designed to run the open-source operating system OpenMoko.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can OpenMoko break the wireless monopoly?  —  Open source telephony takes a big step forward today as the OpenMoko neo1973 starts shipping to developers.  Its public Wiki is also open for business.  —  The phone runs an open Linux kernel and what it calls Mobile FOSS, meaning everything inside it is Free and Open Source Software.
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 …
Discussion: digg
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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 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.
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Game world gets ready for E3 show  —  The video game world is gearing up for the E3 Expo - one of the biggest events in the gaming calendar.  —  Although smaller than in previous years the three-day event will be a showcase of the latest and greatest in the gaming world.
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
 
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sharp to Release Blu-ray Disc Player This Fall
Discussion: Neowin.net
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
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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
 Earlier Items: 
PR Newswire:
VMware and Intel Capital Announce Investment
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
Discussion: Glass House
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Blyk's free mobile launch delayed
Haochi / Googlified:
Google Wall of Ideas
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Hobby leads to career for tech blogger
 

 
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