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9:50 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 …
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
John Leyden / The Register:
Rare Mac Trojan exploits Apple vuln  —  A rare Mac OS X Trojan has been spotted on the internet.  —  The AppleScript-THT Trojan horse exploits a vulnerability within the Apple Remote Desktop Agent to load itself with root privileges onto compromised Mac machines.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Yahoo Shareholders: Fire Jerry And We Might Bid Again  —  A long game of press telephone is reporting that Microsoft honcho Kevin Johnson said Microsoft may consider making another bid for Yahoo if Yahoo's management changes.  Translation: “Hey, Yahoo shareholders …
Discussion: Epicenter
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
What Privacy Policy?  —  Want to know how well a company protects its customers' data?  Don't talk to its security and compliance officers.  Instead, try its marketing department.  —  A study released Monday by the privacy-focused Ponemon Institute and funded by e-mail marketing firm Strongmail reveals …
Peter Glaskowsky / CNET News.com:
Montalvo is issued first patent  —  Finally, I can call myself an inventor.  —  I've been inventing things for almost 20 years now, but Montalvo Systems was the first company I worked for that took intellectual property seriously.  (That was no coincidence; it was also the first company …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dana Epp / Dana Epp's ramblings at the Sanctuary:
How trustworthy can OpenID be if the developers of it like SixApart themselves don't trust it?  —  For years I have been a fan of OpenID.  I like the concept of a single digital identity to be used across the Internet, and I think the people behind the project has some great ideas.
 
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90% of all statistics can be made to say anything... 50% of the time …
Jack M. Germain / LinuxInsider:
HP Slaps Open Source License on Unix File System
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google's Cutts: Good directions drive traffic to your website
Discussion: PDA
Motorola:
Motorola and Kodak Redefine the Mobile Imaging Experience with MOTOZINE™ ZN5
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T-Mo releases Nokia 6301 and Samsung SGH-t339 Hotspot@Home phones
Financial Times:
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Ad Leaders See Web's Threat and Promise
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CrunchBase: Now With Maps, Advanced Search, Jobs, And Milestones
Industry Standard:
Montreal's public bike system integrates Web, RFID
Discussion: Switched, Engadget and Slashdot
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Sure, Facebook Looks Good in Chinese and in Russian, But Is It Even Wanted?
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