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4:40 AM ET, June 23, 2008

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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Delaying News in the Era of the Internet  —  WHEN the NBC News host Tim Russert died on June 13, NBC tried to hold back the news from going public for more than an hour to notify his family vacationing in Italy and presumably to prepare for what became six hours of coverage on its cable news outlet, MSNBC.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wikipedia Updater Fired For Scooping NBC on Tim Russert's Death  —  When Tim Russert collapsed ten days ago, his colleagues at NBC held off reporting the news for almost two hours so his family wouldn't hear about it from the media.  They also asked other TV networks to hold off reporting it, which they apparently agreed to do.
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Mobile-Handset Plans Are Slowed  —  ‘Android’ Launch Is Being Delayed As Carriers Struggle  —  Google Inc. is learning that changing the cellphone industry isn't easy.  —  The Internet giant and more than 30 partners announced in November a bold plan for a new breed of handsets based …
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Electronista:
Android phone makers struggle with delays  —  Phone designers creating the first Google Android-based cellphones are seeing crucial delays that will force them to miss an end-of-year target, the Wall Street Journal says.  While the heavily discussed launch of a T-Mobile USA-branded phone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Germany's Plazes Acquired By Nokia  —  Berlin, Germany based Plazes, a location based social network (and one of the first startups we ever wrote about here on TechCrunch, back in 2005), has been acquired by Finland-based Nokia, the companies are announcing today.  The price is not being disclosed.
Discussion: Mashable! and Loic Le Meur Blog
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Nokia Buys Location-Based Social Net Plazes  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is continuing on its social media related acquisition trail: it has now bought out Zurich and Berlin-based social networking service Plazes.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Founded in Dec. 2005 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Makes A Cloud Computer?  —  The relative success and cult-like popularity of Asus' Eee cloud computer has helped raise the level of interest in what's being called a new class of computers.  Some call the new machines UMPCs, others have labeled them Netbooks and many are safely labeling them handhelds.
Fred / A VC:
Am I Bored With “Web 2.0”?  —  I read a comment on my “Looking For Inspiration” post this morning that suggested I was just getting bored with Web 2.0 like many others.  It's something I've considered a lot lately.  —  I am certainly not bored with the investments we have made at Union Square Ventures …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
An Unlikely Promoter Drives Nokia's Push in Hollywood  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Tero Ojanpera is an unlikely media entrepreneur.  Mr. Ojanpera, a veteran Nokia executive, is not a fan of “American Idol,” although he says he enjoys it from time to time.  And when he tried to watch a recent episode of …
Discussion: Social Media
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mo releases Nokia 6301 and Samsung SGH-t339 Hotspot@Home phones  —  Well isn't this the day for pop announcements?  T-Mobile has just released the Nokia 6301, above, and the Samsung SGH-t339.  Both have Wi-Fi and allow you to make calls over T-Mo's Hotspot@Home service using UMA.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Electronista
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Ad Leaders See Web's Threat and Promise  —  CANNES, France — The growing advertising ambitions of technology powerhouses like Google and Microsoft are creating alarm in the executive suites of ad agencies.  —  At an annual gathering here, executives harshly criticized Google's recent agreement …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
ABC Moves to Expand Its Reach on Video Web Sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO — ABC, the stingiest of the major television networks when it comes to syndicating its programs across the Web, is loosening up a little.  —  The network, owned by the Walt Disney Company, is expected to announce on Monday …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brokep / Copy me happy:
FRA  —  Earlier this week the Swedish stasi-government decided - against the peoples wishes - to wiretap all internet and telephone traffic in order to protect Sweden against threats.  As you all know, being a neutral country makes Sweden a target for all the terrorists of the world, apparantly.
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Newsweek:
Return of the '70s Weirdos  —  That photo of 11 weirdos in '70s clothes you may have seen on the Internet really is the original Microsoft team, snapped Dec. 7, 1978, on the eve of the company's move from Albuquerque, N.M., to Seattle.  Almost 30 years later, a few weeks before Bill Gates's departure …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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Industry Standard:
Montreal's public bike system integrates Web, RFID
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Sure, Facebook Looks Good in Chinese and in Russian, But Is It Even Wanted?
Discussion: Mashable!
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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David Wharton / Los Angeles Times:
Wild times for sports blogs may be nearing an end
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Trends for Websites Sucks for Small Blogs
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
PC World:
Nearly Half of IT Workers Snoop in Confidential Files
Discussion: Lockergnome, Gizmodo and Digg
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The Shootout Over Hidden Meanings in a Video Game
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, Kotaku and CrunchGear
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
The harsh reality of suburban broadband
Discussion: VoIP Watch and DSLreports