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10:05 PM ET, July 9, 2007


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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.
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.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Goes Corporate  —  Google agreed to buy Postini, which offers a service to help companies protect and control their e-mail , for $625 million in cash.  —  Postini started out with a service to identify and eliminate spam, and it expanded to offer other services as well …
Rajen Sheth / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Secure innovation - Postini joins the Google team
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google snaps up anti-spam and data security firm Postini
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.
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 …
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:
Valleywag:   Family Business: A Facebook insider dances her way to the IPO
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 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tyranny of the Page View Nearly Over?
Discussion: Epicenter
Apple plans cheaper, Nano-based phone: JP Morgan  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL - news) 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.
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 …
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Partners With Sony  —  Online social music network, has partnered with Sony BMG Music Entertainment.  —  As part of the partnership Sony BMG will offer its catalogue of recordings to the 20 million users of's radio streaming service.
PR Newswire: Announces Global Partnership With SONY BMG Music Entertainment
Discussion: and TechSpot News
Marc Andreessen /
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.
Discussion: MYBLOG by Ouriel
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning
Discussion: Business Week
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.
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 …
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 but can only be accessed from inside the Yahoo offices.  If you happen to be using the guest wifi at Yahoo …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and CNET
Chris Davies / SlashPhone:
Nokia N95 8GB version caught in the flesh  —  Views: 965  —  Following on from our news of the 8GB black Nokia N95 supposedly coming soon, a commenter on that post pointed us in the direction of this far clearer (and real-life) photo of the new N95.  —  Unfortunately there's no indication …
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Anne Broache / CNET
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U.S. gets consecutive gold medals in spamming
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Cell Phone Spying Service Leaking Data?
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Jose Nazario / CNET
Is an antivirus gap looming?
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
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