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2:35 PM ET, June 23, 2008


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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Delayed: Android, aka Google Phone  —  If you are a start-up targeting the mobile industry, then you are well aware of the slow moving ways of incumbents, equipment makers and of course handset makers.  You are made aware of their equally glacial ways when you come from the opposite end of the spectrum, Silicon Valley.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Carriers delay Google Android launch
Discussion: eWeek
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.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Nokia Acquires Plazes: To Be Ovi's New Mapping App
Discussion: I4U News and
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Yahoo Shareholders: Fire Jerry And We Might Bid Again*  —  UPDATE: Microsoft says this story is the result of a translation issue and that nothing has changed (i.e., per Microsoft, Kevin Johnson didn't say what Bloomberg is saying he said.)  —  EARLIER: A long game of press telephone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks  —  Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion?  It depends on how you value a user.  —  It's time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page views.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
George Carlin's Death Spikes Searches For His Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV  —  I was saddened to hear one of my favorite comedians, George Carlin, passed away Sunday.  Clearly he touched many people.  A quick look at Google Trends shows searches related to him have spiked up as well as for his famous …
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
A place for our stuff  —  This morning I learned of the news of George Carlin's passing with much sadness, and with the realization that we have lost one of the great thinkers and comedic minds of the last century.  More than any other comedian, he was the one who I identified with most.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Papers Facing Worst Year for Ad Revenue  —  For newspapers, the news has swiftly gone from bad to worse.  This year is taking shape as their worst on record, with a double-digit drop in advertising revenue, raising serious questions about the survival of some papers and the solvency of their parent companies.
Discussion: Epicenter, Gawker, ben barren and Screenwerk
Holly Winter / Gartner:
Gartner Says More than 1 Billion PCs In Use Worldwide and Headed to 2 Billion Units by 2014  —  Analysts to provide more detailed analysis on the state of the PC industry at the Gartner Hardware Briefing, June 25, in Egham, U.K.  —  The number of installed PCs worldwide has surpassed 1 billion units …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Worldwide PCs in use surpass 1 billion, next billion to come in 2014
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebProNews
Jack M. Germain / LinuxInsider:
HP Slaps Open Source License on Unix File System  —  HP has opened the source code for its Tru64 Unix Advanced File System under General Public License version 2.  The system is designed to simplify the filing and storage of data, enable online backups and increase availability.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Pre-paid iPhone 3G customers may pay $600 for handset - report  —  Approximately one out of every ten iPhone 3G buyers are likely to be international pre-paid subscribers who'll find themselves paying in excess of $600 for the touch screen handset, according to a new report.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Rafat Ali /
Comcast Owned Fandango Buys From Disney  —  So Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) couldn't buy Disney (NYSE: DIS) a few years ago, but it has now succeeded in buying a part of it, sort of: Fandango, the online movie tickets service that Comcast bought a year ago, has bought out movies info site …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Diller Fashions IAC Ad Network  —  Bands Together Targeted Audience Segments in Bid to Lift $216 Million Ad Revenue  —  NEW YORK ( — A high percentage of ad revenue from Barry Diller's IAC comes from a small percentage of inventory, leaving the bulk of it to be outsourced to aggregator ad networks.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Atari goes after site after it posts negative, early review  —  It's a well-known fact in the world of game reviews that publishers wish to control every step of the process.  They decide who receives early access to the titles, they make the rules about when the reviews can be run …
Dan Farber / CNET
Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft  —  Today announced a “global strategic alliance” (also known as a partnership) with Google, introducing a new integration point, Toolkit for Google Data APIs.  The alliance allows developers using's cloud …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Motorola and Kodak Redefine the Mobile Imaging Experience with MOTOZINE™ ZN5  —  Motorola (NYSE: MOT), a leader in wireless communications, and Kodak (NYSE: EK), the world's foremost imaging innovator, today announced MOTOZINE™ ZN5, the first product combining world-class innovation from both companies.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET
Information Card Foundation launched
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
PR Newswire:
Oracle Buys Skywire Software
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
JVC Dual iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock Now Available
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
More than Friendfeed for your phone: Jibe and Xumii launch mobile …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nick / Rough Type:
On the trail of the itinerant computer
Discussion: Wired News and Seeking Alpha
Darren Waters / BBC:
‘Shake-up’ for internet proposed
Discussion: CrunchGear
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AOL releases new Windows Mobile AIM client, hell freezes over
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Pac Crest Ups Target, '09 EPS Est; $350 Subsidy?
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
SocialMedia to unveil ‘friendship ranks’
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Yahoo!'s Decker! defends! Goo-Hoo!
Discussion: WebProNews
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Olympics Go Mobile
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nice Work, TiVo, But Here's The TV Remote We Want: No Remote
Ronen Halevy /
BlackBerry MediaSync (iTunes Sync) Download Found On RIM's Servers!
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC's New Video Deal: Why Veoh And Why Now?
Discussion: Mashable!, NewTeeVee and WebProNews
Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
90% of all statistics can be made to say anything... 50% of the time …
Discussion: pwn*
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google's Cutts: Good directions drive traffic to your website