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10:35 AM 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 …
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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  —  It would be nice if The Wall Street Journal at least got the headline right.  —  The full quarter delay in the launch of Google's Android phone is entirely the fault, and desire, of the carriers involved.  — T-Mobile is sucking all the oxygen …
Discussion: eWeek
Electronista:   Android phone makers struggle with delays
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.
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Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Nokia announces the acquisition of Plazes
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Nokia Buys Location-Based Social Net Plazes
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC's New Video Deal: Why Veoh And Why Now?  —  ABC (DIS) is adding Veoh as a distributor of shows like “Lost” and “Grey's Anatomy” as well as ESPN programming online, the NYT reports.  It's a curious move for ABC, made more intriguing by the fact that the site is backed by former Disney/ABC chief Michael Eisner.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:   ABC Moves to Expand Its Reach on Video Web Sites
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Veoh to Get Paid to Link to ABC
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*
Discussion: The Blog Herald and CrunchGear
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
‘Guitar Hero,’ ‘Rock Band’ soon playing Beatles?  —  Beatles music may soon be strumming a new tune via air guitar video games, according to a report in the Financial Times.  —  Apple Corps and EMI, which respectively represent The Beatles' business interests and ownership of its master recordings …
Discussion: Electronista
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast Owned Fandango Buys Movies.com 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 Movies.com …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Get Ready For the Yahoo Reorg: Whither Yang?  —  “Where's Jerry here?  He is like a ghost,” said a Yahoo exec to me last week.  —  The exec was referring to the plans for a major overhaul of the management structure of the troubled Internet company-the dreaded and inevitable reorg …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Yahoo Shareholders: Fire Jerry And We Might Bid Again*  —  UPDATE: Microsoft's initial reaction to this story is that it “must be a translation issue” (i.e., that Kevin Johnson didn't say what Bloomberg is saying he said.)  Investigation continues...
Discussion: Epicenter
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google's Cutts: Good directions drive traffic to your website  —  You have a website and can't figure out why it's not showing up at the top of Google's search rankings.  You go to Google.com for some guidance but get lost trying to find answers.  —  Certainly, achieving visibility in Google's search rankings can be a mystery.
Discussion: PDA
Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
90% of all statistics can be made to say anything... 50% of the time, aka my thoughts on the Verizon report  —  ** Update 06/23/2008: I realize I didn't do a very good job of talking about what we're reviewing here.  This is in response to the statistics gathered by Verizon related …
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Olympics Go Mobile  —  The Summer Olympics are nearly here.  Beginning August 8th, the world will be watching as athletes compete for the gold in Beijing.  Of course, many people will be watching the coverage on TV or the web, but others will keeping up-to-date on the latest news via their mobile phone.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nice Work, TiVo, But Here's The TV Remote We Want: No Remote  —  Something we missed over the weekend: A neat Gizmodo post about the evolution of the peanut-shaped TiVo (TIVO) remote control and Paul Newby, who developed it.  Hat tip to TiVo.  That's a nice remote.
 
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InfoWorld:
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How trustworthy can OpenID be if the developers of it like SixApart …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mo releases Nokia 6301 and Samsung SGH-t339 Hotspot@Home phones
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Ad Leaders See Web's Threat and Promise
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
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