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11:00 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 …
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia grabs control of Symbian - then gives it away
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
Introducing Google Ad Planner  —  If you're a media planner at an ad agency, you know that planning an online display buy can be challenging, particularly in scaling your campaign's reach while keeping it relevant for your target audience.  Plus, how do you keep track of the millions of sites …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
No reprieve: XP phase-out begins June 30  —  XP petitioners: It's time to raise the white flag.  —  After months of rumors that Microsoft might rethink its decision to pull the plug on Windows XP, the official word is out: XP is on its way out.  —  Microsoft is sticking to its plan …
Discussion: WinBeta
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP: Microsoft Does the Right Thing
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.
Ina Fried / CNET
Gates' big send-off  —  REDMOND, Wash.—If you ask Bill Gates what life will be like when he stops working full time at Microsoft, he'll have to get back to you.  —  That's because, a week away from the transition, he still hasn't slowed down his pace.  If anything, things have picked …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, Forbes and Gizmodo
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.
A perfect fusion of features and services - the Nokia N78 now available in US  —  Newest Nseries device enhances the mobile lifestyle by merging new technologies and Ovi services  —  New York, NY, USA - Starting today, convergence craving consumers across the United States can set their sights …
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Oracle / SAP increase prices  —  Will you jump for joy to learn Oracle has raised prices 15%-20% across major product lines?  SAP fans shouldn't feel left out, since that company has increased support costs by 5%.  —  Sensationalist technology rag, The Register, discusses the Oracle increase in flowering terms:
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
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!
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