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9:05 AM ET, June 24, 2008


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Mobile leaders to unify the Symbian software platform and set the future of mobile free  —  Foundation to be established to provide royalty-free open platform and accelerate innovation  —  London, UK - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS …
Discussion: SlashPhone and TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia Acquires Symbian; Takes on Google's Android  —  Nokia isn't finished with its acquisition spree just yet.  Tonight the Finnish company announced a plan to acquire the 52 per cent of Symbian it doesn't already own and make the platform open source.  Nokia clearly aims to challenge Android …
Nokia to acquire Symbian Limited to enable evolution of the leading open mobile platform  —  Visionary move embraces openness and accelerates innovation  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced it has launched a cash offer to acquire all of the shares of Symbian Limited that Nokia does not already own …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia buys Symbian, turns software over to Symbian Foundation  —  Nokia's been in bed with Symbian for many, many years through the development of its S60 platform — the world's most populous smartphone platform, dont'cha know — and they're taking that relationship to its endgame today …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Symbian Goes Open Source - Courtesy of Nokia
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google to Unveil New Ad-Planning Tool  —  Google is expected to unveil a new ad-planning tool for agencies and marketers at an industry conference on Tuesday.  —  Word that the Internet search giant has something up its sleeve surfaced when the Advertising Research Foundation …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
At Google, Slow Growth in News Site  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The death of Tim Russert of NBC News this month quickly became a top article on the nation's biggest news sites.  —  The front page of Google News took about an hour to catch up.  —  Google blamed a technical problem …
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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.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Discussion: One More Thing and MacDailyNews
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Preview: CNET's new, improved look  —  The new CNET home page includes a carousel highlighting several stories across News, Reviews, and Downloads, as well as an integrated video player for CNET TV content.  Click on the image for a full view.  —  After more than a dozen years of bringing …
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Because life takes Visa... and Facebook  —  Visa is teaming up with Facebook, investing $2 million in advertising and introducing a social networking application for small business owners.  —  Visa plans to announce today that it is launching an application on Facebook for small business owners …
Discussion: FaceReviews and Mashable!
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are social ads getting too much?  Try “FriendRank”  —  SocialMedia, a San Francisco company trying to find compelling ways to advertise on social networks, is offering advertisers a new product: Something called “FriendRank.”  —  The company scans data about your activities on Facebook …
Reyhan Harmanci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Web TV is a hit.  So where's the big money?  —  With an average monthly viewership of 1.5 million people, “Break a Leg,” the Internet video series about the making of a sitcom in San Francisco, is ahead of its time.  Brothers Yuri and Vlad Baranovsky the 24- and 30-year-old co-creators of the show …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
3-D chat room company IMVU hits 20 million members  —  Chat room site IMVU has been quiet for four years.  But the company is announcing today that it has more than 20 million members in its online community where people can use 3-D avatars, or virtual characters, to meet in rooms and trade virtual goods.
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and Massively
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Technology Leaders Favor Online ID Card Over Passwords  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft, Google and PayPal, a unit of eBay, are among the founders of an industry organization that hopes to solve the problem of password overload among computer users.  —  The Information Card Foundation …
Discussion: Defense in Depth
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   What the Heck Is Information Card Foundation?
Chad Little / Facebook Blog:
Facebook in Translation  —  Five months ago, we launched the first translated version of Facebook in Spanish.  Since then, the internationalization team and its community translators have been busy translating the site into sixteen more languages.  We now support—among others—French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Helio Closing Stores.  Time To Hang Up?  —  “Virtual” wireless carrier Helio could be on its last legs.  We hear that it's finally closing its barren retail stores this week, confirming a few earlier reports.  And even if a last-ditch sale to rival Virgin Mobile (VM) happens, we doubt Helio has much left to offer the mobile industry.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
What's Obscene?  Google Could Have an Answer  —  Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate community standards?  —  That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community's tastes and values.
Discussion: Lost Remote
IDG News Service:
Lenovo to Offer New ThinkPad Line for SMBs  —  Lenovo on Monday confirmed plans to launch a new ThinkPad laptop line, the SL series, with features and support services geared toward small and medium-size businesses.  —  Priced from US$699 to $1,199, the laptops will come with online backup services …
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
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Discussion: CNET and Slashdot
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Jaxtr raises $10 million to expand cheap international calls
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