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1:01 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
Caroline McCarthy / CNET   Report: No Android until fourth quarter
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  —  Nokia, the world's leading handset manufacturer, has announced its intention to acquire LBS web app Plazes.  Berlin-based Plazes will provide Nokia with a social mapping property for Ovi, its new web portal.
Nokia to acquire social-activity service provider Plazes
Discussion: GigaOM and Phone Scoop
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: CNET and Epicenter
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Get Ready For the Yahoo Reorg: Whither Yang?
Discussion: DailyTech and Search Engine Land
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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fandango buys
Discussion: Contentinople
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.
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: Gawker, Epicenter and Screenwerk
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Worldwide PCs in use surpass 1 billion, next billion to come in 2014  —  So, we hear that Planet Earth is home to four billion phone lines.  Now it can claim to house over one billion installed PCs — what do those neighboring planets have on that, huh?  According to research firm Gartner …
Discussion: WebProNews and Gizmodo
Holly Winter / Gartner:
Gartner Says More than 1 Billion PCs In Use Worldwide and Headed …
Discussion: Technology Live
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.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
SocialMedia to unveil ‘friendship ranks’  —  Know how to win friends and influence people?  Advertisers want you to peddle their stuff to peers on Facebook and MySpace.  —  Internet start-ups out to crack the problem of advertising on social networks are developing ad technology that can analyze …
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.
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 for some guidance but get lost trying to find answers.  —  Certainly, achieving visibility in Google's search rankings can be a mystery.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
‘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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 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Peter Glaskowsky / CNET
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
What Privacy Policy?  —  Want to know how well a company protects its customers' data?
John Leyden / The Register:
Rare Mac Trojan exploits Apple vuln
Dana Epp / Dana Epp's ramblings at the Sanctuary:
How trustworthy can OpenID be if the developers of it like SixApart …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Makes a Cloud Computer?