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12:00 AM ET, July 10, 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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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Goes Corporate
Valleywag:
Facebook: "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  Just in case you had any remaining doubts that Facebook is going public — a fact that Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Randi Jayne, profanely sings about in a video that's since been taken down — check out this job listing:
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning news: new investment round  —  If you follow such things, you may have seen a report that my new Internet company, Ning, has just raised a new investment round.  —  To date, Ning has been mostly internally financed by me and a small group of angel investors who are close friends and colleagues of ours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning  —  This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven't confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I'm hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason - $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation.
Discussion: GigaOM
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Nielsen scraps Web page view rankings  —  NEW YORK - A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites.  —  The move by Nielsen/NetRatings, expected to be announced Tuesday …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tyranny of the Page View Nearly Over?
Discussion: Epicenter
MSNBC:
Apple plans cheaper, Nano-based phone  —  Chang said follow to iPhone could be priced at $300 or lower  —  Apple plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter that could be based on the ultra-slim iPod Nano music player, according to a JP Morgan report.
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Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Microsoft's next move?  Code-name Falcon  —  Here's a trade secret that Microsoft is unlikely to publicly acknowledge.  —  Sony's cutting the price on the PlayStation 3.  How will Microsoft react?  We'll find out soon.  But a key part of the strategy is going to be a project code-named Falcon.
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Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Analyst: Xbox 360 Price Cut Imminent  —  UPDATE - Analysts have weighed in on the PlayStation 3 price cut today, with one saying that Microsoft will be cutting the price of all Xbox 360 models this week.  —  Update: Added Microsoft comments.  —  Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter stated …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iMacs to bundle new Apple keyboard  —  An overhaul to Apple Inc.'s popular line of iMac computers, now due in a matter of weeks, will see the company's latest industrial design efforts extend beyond the systems themselves, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new all-in-one signature desktops …
PR Newswire:
Last.fm Announces Global Partnership With SONY BMG Music Entertainment  —  Complete SONY BMG Music Entertainment catalogue to be made available to Last.fm users  —  NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Last.fm, the online social music network, today announced a new global content agreement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment.
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechSpot News
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Names Ex-AOL Official Marketing Chief  —  Social-networking company Facebook Inc. has hired a young Web veteran to fill its top marketing role in a bid to bolster its management ranks and find new ways to make money.  —  Chamath Palihapitiya, a former executive at Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Buy Blog Comments - A Sick New Comment Spam Service Launches  —  I just had a rather disturbing email from a company advertising a new service called Buy Blog Comments (no follow tags used) promoting a new service offering to leave comment spam on blogs for those wanting to increase their SEO ranking.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel buys into VMware  —  Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a $218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare.  Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at $23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA to feds: Make XM-Sirius pay more, restrict listeners' recording  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has already mounted a court challenge against XM Satellite Radio over gadgets like the Pioneer Inno that allow consumers to trap individual songs originally played on air in alleged violation of copyright.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Quantcast becomes latest widget traffic tracker  —  More and more publishers and retailers rely on so-called "widgets," little boxes placed on other web sites, to deliver their news, entertainment and product advertisements.  —  So measuring Web traffic to those widgets is important …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Anna Haynes / Wired News:
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Taser's new six-shooter, of sorts
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Steve Willis / Compete Blog:
June Search Market Share: Big Surprise from MSN
Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
U.S. gets consecutive gold medals in spamming
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Cell Phone Spying Service Leaking Data?
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