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8:05 AM ET, June 24, 2008

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Nokia:
Mobile leaders to unify the Symbian software platform and set the future of mobile free  —  Foundation to be established to provide royalty-free open platform and accelerate innovation  —  London, UK - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS …
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia Acquires Symbian; Takes on Google's Android  —  Nokia isn't finished with its acquisition spree just yet.  Tonight the Finnish company announced a plan to acquire the 52 per cent of Symbian it doesn't already own and make the platform open source.  Nokia clearly aims to challenge Android …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia buys Symbian, turns software over to Symbian Foundation  —  Nokia's been in bed with Symbian for many, many years through the development of its S60 platform — the world's most populous smartphone platform, dont'cha know — and they're taking that relationship to its endgame today …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Nokia buys Symbian, opens it for war with Google Android
AppleInsider:
Five undisclosed features of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Although Apple is marketing Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an operating system update with “no new features,” under the hood improvements will actually translate into a slew of new enhancements, five of which are described herein.
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Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google to Unveil New Ad-Planning Tool  —  Google is expected to unveil a new ad-planning tool for agencies and marketers at an industry conference on Tuesday.  —  Word that the Internet search giant has something up its sleeve surfaced when the Advertising Research Foundation …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
At Google, Slow Growth in News Site  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The death of Tim Russert of NBC News this month quickly became a top article on the nation's biggest news sites.  —  The front page of Google News took about an hour to catch up.  —  Google blamed a technical problem …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and paidContent.org
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Preview: CNET's new, improved look  —  The new CNET home page includes a carousel highlighting several stories across News, Reviews, and Downloads, as well as an integrated video player for CNET TV content.  Click on the image for a full view.  —  After more than a dozen years of bringing …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are social ads getting too much?  Try “FriendRank”  —  SocialMedia, a San Francisco company trying to find compelling ways to advertise on social networks, is offering advertisers a new product: Something called “FriendRank.”  —  The company scans data about your activities on Facebook …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court To Investigate If AT&T Is Violating Antitrust Laws With Wholesale DSL Pricing  —  from the competition?  dept  —  In most cases, antitrust rules seem fairly bogus.  They often are used to try to punish companies for being successful, even if they're not actually abusing any kind of monopoly situation.
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W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Supreme Court To Hear AT&T Access Fee Appeal
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Chad Little / Facebook Blog:
Facebook in Translation  —  Five months ago, we launched the first translated version of Facebook in Spanish.  Since then, the internationalization team and its community translators have been busy translating the site into sixteen more languages.  We now support—among others—French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian.
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Technology Leaders Favor Online ID Card Over Passwords  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft, Google and PayPal, a unit of eBay, are among the founders of an industry organization that hopes to solve the problem of password overload among computer users.  —  The Information Card Foundation …
Discussion: Defense in Depth
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   What the Heck Is Information Card Foundation?
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
SmugVault - Store everything for next to nothing.  —  SmugMug has always allowed everyone to upload an unlimited number of web-displayable files - JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 - but to date we haven't been able to accept the RAW files generated by modern digital cameras.
IDG News Service:
Report: Panasonic Eyes 37-inch OLED TV  —  Panasonic is moving toward commercialization of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels and plans to put TVs with 37-inch OLED screens on sale in the next three years, according to a Japanese newspaper report.  —  The panels will be produced …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
IDG News Service:
Lenovo to Offer New ThinkPad Line for SMBs  —  Lenovo on Monday confirmed plans to launch a new ThinkPad laptop line, the SL series, with features and support services geared toward small and medium-size businesses.  —  Priced from US$699 to $1,199, the laptops will come with online backup services …
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Because life takes Visa... and Facebook  —  Visa is teaming up with Facebook, investing $2 million in advertising and introducing a social networking application for small business owners.  —  Visa plans to announce today that it is launching an application on Facebook for small business owners …
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Reyhan Harmanci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web TV is a hit. So where's the big money?
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Adobe:
Security Update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2
Daniel Langendorf / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Nokia Acquired Plazes, a Location-Based Social Network
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's First Step In Accepting OpenID SignOns - HealthVault
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
NVidia says no to request to release open source drivers, once again
Discussion: CNET News.com and Slashdot
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Jaxtr raises $10 million to expand cheap international calls
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Evernote's Launches Publicly, Announces Upcoming API
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Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
The boss made me do it: multitasking still inefficient
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Strange Case of The Disappearing Market
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Those iPhone Suckers  —  On Friday, John Gruber noticed …
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