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5:10 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 …
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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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why Google's Android Delays Don't Matter (GOOG)
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com, Joe Duck and Epicenter
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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.
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.
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.
Bradley Johnson / AdAge:
Top 100's Ad-Spend Growth Grinds to Halt  —  LNA Report: Budgets Eke Out 1.7% Rise; P&G Breaks the $5B Barrier  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — The Top 100 U.S. advertisers last year increased ad spending by just 1.7%, while measured media spending rose a negligible 0.3% for major marketers …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top 100 Advertisers Shifted $1 Billion To the Web Last Year …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Research Brief
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.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:   NBC Olympics on the Go download service is Vista only
Darren Waters / BBC:
‘Shake-up’ for internet proposed  —  The net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to open up the address system are passed.  —  The net's regulators will vote on Thursday to decide if the strict rules on so-called top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, can be relaxed.
Discussion: Industry Standard and CrunchGear
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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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 …
AppleInsider:
Five undisclosed features of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Although Apple is marketing Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an operating system update with “no new features,” under the hood improvements will actually translate into a slew of new enhancements, five of which are described herein.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted, Gizmodo and I4U News
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Diller Fashions IAC Ad Network  —  Bands Together Targeted Audience Segments in Bid to Lift $216 Million Ad Revenue  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AOL releases new Windows Mobile AIM client, hell freezes over  —  This is a happy, happy day for any AIM addicts toting around a Windows Mobile device.  There are 3rd party solutions (JiveTalk, what up!), but it's always comforting to get a piece of software directly from the source.
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
SmugVault - Store everything for next to nothing.  —  SmugMug has always allowed everyone to upload an unlimited number of web-displayable files - JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 - but to date we haven't been able to accept the RAW files generated by modern digital cameras.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft  —  Today Salesforce.com announced a “global strategic alliance” (also known as a partnership) with Google, introducing a new integration point, Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs.  The alliance allows developers using Salesforce.com's cloud …
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile to prorate early termination fees
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Explains Why Proof Shouldn't Be Necessary In Copyright Infringement Cases
Discussion: DSLreports
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
A Window on the Cloud  —  Outsourcing compute power is wonderful …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Thin Laptop Wars
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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New Mac Trojan Disables Security, Steals Passwords
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola's last stand: Sir Alexander, the 8 megapixel camera phone
Arn / MacRumors:
A Webkit-based Platform?  —  Last week's news of Apple's adoption …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunching The Enterprise: TechCrunchIT
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Oracle Buys Skywire Software
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
More than Friendfeed for your phone: Jibe and Xumii launch mobile …
Discussion: Profy.Com
Nick / Rough Type:
On the trail of the itinerant computer
Discussion: Wired News and Seeking Alpha
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Atari goes after site after it posts negative, early review
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Pac Crest Ups Target, '09 EPS Est; $350 Subsidy?
Discussion: Macsimum News
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
SocialMedia to unveil ‘friendship ranks’
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast-Owned Fandango Buys Movies.com From Disney
 

 
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